Nine women have filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Bill Cosby in Nevada, just weeks after the state abolished the statute of limitations for civil cases.

The lawsuit accuses Cosby of using his “enormous power, fame and prestige” to isolate and sexually assault each of the women named in the lawsuit.

Janice Dickinson, Lise-Lotte Lublin, Janice Baker Kinney, Lili Bernard, Heidi Thomas, Linda Kirpatrick, Rebecca Cooper, Pam Joy Abeyta and Angela Leslie all claim the actor and comedian attacked them.

Cosby has been accused of sexual abuses ranging from groping to rape by more than 60 women

Many of the allegations are decades old, but are being revived as states change statutes defining how courts handle sexual misconduct cases.

Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesperson, accused the women suing the comedian of being motivated by their “addiction to massive amounts of media attention and greed”.

“From this day forward, we will not continue to allow these women to parade various accounts … against Mr. Cosby anymore without vetting them in the court of public opinion and inside of the courtroom,” Wyatt said in a statement.

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Model and TV presenter Janice Dickinson is one of the women suing Bill Cosby Pic: AP
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Model and TV presenter Janice Dickinson is one of the women suing Bill Cosby Pic: AP

The 85-year-old comedian has consistently denied all allegations of sexual abuse.

He did spend more than two years in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in 2018.

However, that conviction was overturned in 2021 after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the prosecuting district attorney was obliged to stand by his predecessor’s promise not to charge the actor after he gave potentially incriminating testimony in a civil suit

Cosby was found civilly liable in 2022 for molesting Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1975, when she was 16. His lawyers called her a liar.

Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo signed SB129 on 31 May, which eliminated the civil statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases involving adults.

Before that, the state had a two-year limit for adults to bring their cases in court.

Ms Lise-Lotte Lublin, a Nevada native, is one of the women named in the suit. She and other Cosby accusers advocated for the legislation change that made this new claim possible.

Lublin has publicly accused Cosby of drugging her at a hotel in Las Vegas in 1989, alleging that she met him at his room so that he could evaluate her acting with an improvisation.

Cosby is then alleged to have given her two drinks that he said would “help her relax,” but caused her to feel disoriented and he embraced her a short time after.

The comic then grabbed her wrists and held them between his legs, touching her hair as he masturbated, according to the filing.

FILE ... In this March 13, 2015, file photo, Lise-Lotte Lublin, who says Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1989, testifies during a hearing at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev. With jury selection set to begin Monday, April 2, 2018, in Cosby...s retrial on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand at his home near Philadelphia, prosecutors have selected Lublin as one of five additional accusers they plan to call to the witness stand, listed in a letter to Judge Steven O...Neill made public on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. The Associated Press does not typically name people who say they are sexual assault victims, but Lise-Lotte Lublin has spoken out publicly. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison, File)
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Nevada native Lise-Lotte Lublin, who lobbied for the law change, alleges Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1989 Pic AP

All the other women level similar accusations against the comic, that he drugged and sexually assaulted them, often after inviting them to meetings regarding their careers.

Cosby is also facing a civil lawsuit in California, filed earlier this month by former Playboy model Victoria Valentino.

She has accused him of drugging her and raping her in 1969, which he has also denied.

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