Unlike other accusations made by more than 20 women, Goins’s stands out because it may fall within the six-year statute of limitations for sexual assault in California. Goins first came forward in December.
During a press conference Wednesday, Goins’s lawyer, Spencer Kuvin, told reporters they were seeking “justice and accountability.” LAPD officer Norma Eisenman confirmed to Buzzfeed News that the department had indeed opened an investigation. Calls to Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer, were not returned.
“Ms. Goins is now determined to accomplish what so many other victims no longer have the opportunity to do — to be the girl that puts Mr. Cosby behind bars, where he belongs,” Kuvin said in a statement, via Buzzfeed News.
Goins, 24, alleged she was drugged, and that she awoke to find Cosby licking and kissing her feet. She was 18 at the time.
“I was shocked, I said, ‘Hey, what’s going on,’ he didn’t really say anything, didn’t explain anything or give a reason,” Goins said. “He jumped up, pulled his pants back up quickly and left. He had seen that I was alert and bolted out of there, I was left in the room by myself.”
Goins told the Daily Mail she did not think she had been raped, but wasn’t entirely sure. “I remember waking up and feeling moist all over, like he had been licking all over me,” she said.
Goins said she dressed and found her friend, and they left the party.
“I felt embarrassed, it was a gross, icky feeling, I felt very violated and humiliated,” she said. “I was scared, I was just 18 and he was an old man, I was not very sexually experienced and I didn’t really know what had happened, it was violating.”
What’s striking about Goins’s account of the alleged assault is that she claims Cosby drugged her in the middle of a conversation she was having with Hefner and the friend who invited her to the Playboy party. Goins and her friend had been conversing with Hefner when Cosby walked up and Hefner introduced him, she said. Goins told the Daily Mail that while Hefner told them a story, Cosby walked away and returned with two drinks for the women. Goins said she finished hers and that’s when she began to feel “foggy” and “dizzy.” She said Hefner noticed she was feeling ill and offered her a spare bedroom to recover.
“Everything kind of went a little foggy, I started feeling sick to my stomach, and just dizzy,” Goins told the Daily Mail. “… Then Bill offered to show me the room, he said he knew the way. He seemed nice and I don’t remember feeling nervous or that it was weird. He had his arm around me to show me the way and I did notice he had been paying me a little more attention than my friend, but never thought anything of it.”
Since the LAPD is reportedly investigating Goins’ accusations, it seems Hefner would be an important witness.
After Judy Huth filed a lawsuit and a police report saying she was assaulted by Cosby at the Playboy mansion when she was 15, Hefner issued a statement: “Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening,” the Playboy impresario said. “I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.” Cosby is countersuing Huth, alleging she tried to sell her story to the tabloids and accusing her of attempted extortion.
The LAPD announced in December it would investigate all claims of sexual assault against Cosby, even those that fell outside the prosecutorial statute of limitations because they could lead to newer victims or incidents and establish a pattern of assault. Under California law, victims may testify in court as witnesses even if their own cases did not result in criminal charges.
“We don’t turn people away because things are out of statute. You come to us, especially with a sexual allegation, we will work with you,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angles Times. “We address these things seriously, and it’s not just because it’s Mr. Cosby.”
Until Goins came forward, the most recent reported assault allegedly took place in 2004. Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, filed suit against Cosby in 2005, alleging he drugged and molested her in 2004. Cosby recently resigned from the school’s board of trustees in the wake of renewed attention to allegations that he drugged or sexually assaulted a number of women.
“This isn’t something I really wanted out there about myself, but I saw all the women who had come forward, over 20 women and it grossed me out. I feel he needs to pay for it, he deserves to pay for it,” Goins said. “Unlike many of those women, I don’t think he raped me so I am one of the lucky ones, but at the same time it was a f—ed up situation.”