25-year-old model in Playboy mauling suit against Bill Cosby

Some 50 women have claimed that US comedian Bill Cosby, over a period spanning four decades, drugged them and then assaulted or raped them. (AFP/AP)

A 25-year-old model filed a lawsuit against US comedian Bill Cosby on Tuesday alleging he assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Chloe Goins alleges that Cosby spiked her drink during a party at the mansion and she woke up in bed to find him behaving ‘indecently’.

"Goins awoke… to find Bill Cosby was biting one of her toes as he crouched at the end of the bed," the suit alleges.

It adds that when Cosby realised she was conscious, he quickly… left the room.

Goins, who was 18 at the time of the alleged crime, is among some 50 women who have accused Cosby of having assaulted or drugged or raped them over a period spanning four decades.

The statute of limitations prevents most of the women from taking legal actions. In Goins's case, the statute runs out in May, the report said.

Goins's attorney Spencer Kuvin, who is seeking at least $75,000 in damages, was quoted as saying, “Today marks a critical step in empowering women to address the rape culture that has become so prevalent in the entertainment industry and in the American conversation."

Cosby's lawyers have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing by the 78-year-old comedian.

Cosby could also face criminal charges if prosecutors who are reviewing a police probe into Goins's allegations decide to pursue the case.

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