Woman sues Bill Cosby claiming star raped her in Elvis Suite of Las Vegas Hilton in 1986 when she was 17-year-old virgin after giving her blue capsule he claimed would clear her sinuses
Bill Cosby has been accused by a California woman of drugging and raping her in the Elvis Suite of the Las Vegas Hilton nearly 40 years ago, when she was a 17-year-old virgin.
Chelan Lasha, 54, filed the lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas, accusing Cosby, now 86, of luring her to his hotel room with promises to help her modeling career.
Lasha, who testified at Cosby’s April 2018 retrial on charges of sexually assaulting another woman, Andrea Constand, is seeking damages for the physical injuries she allegedly suffered and the trauma she says she still endures.
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Chelan Lasha, 54, filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas on Monday, accusing Bill Cosby of raping her in 1986
Cosby was featured on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in September 1986
Lasha claims in her suit, obtained by The Las Vegas Review-Journalthat her stepmother worked at the same company as Cosby: he saw Lasha’s photo on the woman’s desk and became interested.
Lasha says that Cosby contacted her grandmother – with whom she lived in North Las Vegas, with her parents in and out of prison – to say that she had a future in acting and modeling, and he would help her.
He visited their home four times over the next two years, Lasha said, and won their trust.
Cosby told Lasha that he would be her “father figure” in the industry, and in October 1986, her grandmother called to say he had a photographer ready at his hotel, and he wanted her to read a script.
Lasha had a minor sinus infection but was determined not to miss her chance, so on Cosby’s instructions went to the Elvis Suite at the Hilton – a 5,000 square foot penthouse on the 30th floor, where The King lived while performing at the hotel from 1969. -76.
The bedroom in the Elvis Suite – where Lasha claims Cosby raped her in 1986
Elvis lived at the Westgate Hotel – which was then the Las Vegas Hilton – while performing in the city
She said a photographer took some pictures, and Cosby then told her to go into the bathroom and change into a bathrobe.
Cosby, she claims, then gave her a glass of amaretto and a blue capsule, which he said was an antihistamine to help her with her sinus infection.
A script coach arrived as the photographer left, helped Lasha read the script and then left.
Lasha said she felt strange and Cosby directed her to the bedroom and laid her on the bed.
Lasha claims in the lawsuit that Cosby removed her clothes from under the robe, and sexually assaulted her.
She said she walked out until she heard Cosby clap and repeatedly say, ‘Daddy says wake up.’
Cosby then showed her the door and she got into her car and drove away, telling her sister and a friend what had happened, the lawsuit said.
When Cosby called her a few days later, he allegedly told her ‘people who talk too much can be silenced,’ the lawsuit says.
Lasha told her story in a Philadelphia court in 2018 — the second of five prosecutors called to bolster the case of Constand, a former Temple University basketball coach who said he molested her at his home in 2004. drugged and sexually assaulted.
Cosby is pictured in June 2021, after being released from prison after serving three years
‘He laid me down on the bed; I couldn’t move after that,” she told the court.
‘He kept squeezing my chest and stomping my leg. When I woke up, I was bald.’
Lasha said she heard him grunt, and demonstrated the sound he made to the court.
She then looked at Cosby from the stands and told him, ‘You remember, don’t you, Mr. Cosby?’
His legal team immediately objected.
Constand won her case, and Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison.
But he was freed in June 2021, after only three years behind bars, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction, citing violations of his due process rights.
Cosby has not commented on Lasha’s suit.