Video Transcript: Female: … in the sexual abuse allegations surrounding comedian Bill Cosby. Two new accusers have come forward today, along with attorney Gloria Allred, claiming Cosby sexually assaulted them in the 1970's and '80s. Allred vowed to fight for justice for those women. Keith Jones: And this comes just after a Southern California woman filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby. The woman claims that Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was just 15 years old. Judy Huth is the first accuser to claim that she was underage. So far, Cosby has not responded to this latest allegation. Let's take a closer look though now at this new lawsuit and a proposal from attorney Gloria Allred. NBC 10's Legal Analyst, Enrique Latoison, joins us now for some insight here. Enrique, thank you for joining us. So far, what we've heard is that the Statute of Limitations has prevented many of Cosby's other accusers from taking action. What makes this case different? Enrique Latoison: Well, they have to show that whenever this injury that she suffers, an emotional injury and the trauma that she's suffering from the alleged sexual abuse, that she just now realized within the last three years that the emotional injury was because of the molestation or the sexual abuse that took place 30 to 40 years ago. So, if you follow that carefully, what that means is, even though you're aware of the fact that you were sexually abused allegedly 30 to 40 years ago, it was only within the last three years that you realized that the emotional trauma and the pain that you are feeling today was because of what took place 30 to 40 years ago. If you can show that, it's within the three years of Statute of Limitations. Keith Jones: Alright. Now, to Gloria Allred's request. She asked Cosby to waive the Statute of Limitations, which would open the door then for lawsuits from these other accusers. One, is that legal? And, two, what would compel Cosby to do this? Enrique Latoison: Well, it's legal. I mean, if you want to allow yourself to be sued, if you want to give up your claim of your right to defend yourself, you can. No attorney would ever suggest to Mr. Cosby, hey, allow yourself to be sued even though you legally have a right not to be sued. You legally have a right to give up this defense. No one would tell that. This is the chance for Mr. Cosby finally to defend himself. He is being accused of all these crimes, and people are coming out of everywhere, and now you have people coming out from 30, 40 years ago accusing him of stuff. This is the chance he's finally going to be able to be in a court of law to be able to defend himself, to have his day in court. No one would recommend that he give up that right or give up his right to just allow himself to be openly sued by anybody that's going to come out and accuse him. Keith Jones: And so many more developments expected in this story. NBC 10 Legal Analyst Enrique Latoison, always good to see you. Thank you for joining us. Enrique Latoison: Thank you.
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Video transcriptSuspended with intent to dismiss, that’s the future of Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Jonathan Josey. Now this video shows him, you’ve seen it, hitting a woman after festivities at the Puerto Rican Day Parade. NBC 10’s Katy Zachry is live tonight at police headquarters with when the suspension will start, as well as, the other news that the victim got today, Katy… Lieutenant Jonathan Josey will be suspended tomorrow for 30 days The Commissioner says at the end of that, he will likely be fired. Also today, the woman he is accused of hitting learned that she is no longer being charged… (Aida Guzman) “Right now I feel happy because it was something good. But I feel a lot of pain.” Despite a bloody lip, cut up elbows and bruised wrist… (Enrique Latoison) “Her handcuffs were on so tight that she has a bruise.” Aida is feeling okay now that she is no longer charged with disorderly conduct. Guzman was slapped with that crime after she says she was hit by Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Jonathan Josey after the Puerto Rican Day Parade Sunday. . The video has gone viral; police claim she fired silly string at them during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon that charge was dismissed. Not long after Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey announced his plan to fire 40 year old Josey after the Highway Patrol Lieutenant serves a 30 day suspension. (Enrique Latoison) “She’s never asked for the lieutenant to be fired.” We went looking for Josey at his home and tried reaching him over the phone. A police car was stationed outside his complex as of Wednesday night. As for Guzman, she says she is looking for her name to be restored, restitution for medical bills and … (Enrique Latoison) “We want an apology; we want an official apology, a public apology instead of an ‘no comment’ during this process. And Guzman’s attorney says that they have a meeting tomorrow afternoon with internal affairs. It will be the first time that she has spoken to police. Reporting outside police headquarters, Katy Zachry…NVC 10 News.
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Video transcript“Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter had a face-to-face meeting today with Aida Guzman, the woman punched in the face by a highway patrol officer. Action News reporter Vernon Odom is live at Police Headquarters with that story tonight, Vernon… Jim, the repercussions from that police punch of a woman that went viral on the Internet continue to play out on the public stage today and no doubt there are more chapters to come. Less than a week after she faced charges of disorderly conduct, Aida Guzman walked in to the Philadelphia City Hall to be portrayed by the mayor as a victim. The DA has dropped the charges against her and will soon will be considering possible charges against the police Lieutenant who smashed her to the ground last Sunday during a community festival. Lieutenant Jonathan Josey has been suspended with intent to dismiss and the mayor formally apologized to the 39-year-old mother of four who lives in Chester during a twenty-minute closed door meeting. (Mayor Michael Nutter) ‘This was about a person, this was about a human being who had been injured here in our city in a very graphic way and I wanted to take a moment, when the opportunity presented itself, to. just to talk to her.’ (Aida Guzman) ‘I feel so happy when the a mayor speak to me, real comfortable. I want to saying nothing m…Yeah, apologized to me and I feel good for that.’ Ms. Guzman’s lawyer says she’s satisfied with what he calls the mayors heartfelt apology on behalf of the city but he would not rule out a possible civil suit against the City of Philadelphia. Even if Ms. Guzman met with Mayor Nutter, a small group of activists held a rally outside City Hall decrying police brutality and demanding Josey’s arrest. This is unacceptable, violence against our people, routine violence is unacceptable. This is video from last night. In it, you see lieutenant Josey in the pink shirt, a decorated 19-year police veteran leaving Internal Affairs after turning in his badge and service weapon. Jim, the FOP, has filed a legal fight to try to get lieutenant Josey reinstated and provide lawyers if he is criminally prosecuted by Philadelphia DA. If in the wake of the Josey embarrassment, Police Commissioner Chrales Dansey did hold a closed door meeting with all of his commanders this morning. Late today he refused to tell me what he said to them. Live at Police Headquarters, Vernon Odam, Channel 6 Action News. Thank you Vernon.
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Video transcript“Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says he is deeply troubled by video showing an officer punching a woman in the face. The viral video has the officer off the street on desk duty while an investigation unfolds. Eyewitness News reporter Diana Rocco is live tonight in the SAT Center with more for us, Dianna… Suzanne, this video has nearly a million hits on You Tube. Tonight the police commissioner is saying it doesn’t look good and he wants a quick investigation. Meanwhile, the woman in the video is saying she wants the charges dropped and an apology. The video shows Philadelphia Police Lieutenant John Josey striking Aida Guzman and knocking her to the ground, after the Puerto Rican Day Parade, during a crowed disturbance, police say Guzman threw beer on them. It’s a video that’s very troubling, uh, when you see it, it’s very clear and from what I saw, uh, difficult to justify the actions that took place. Video obtained by Eye Witness News shows another angle moments before the encounter, Guzman can be seen spraying silly string in the direction of the officers, but they didn’t seem to notice until a liquid was thrown at them. (Enrique Latoison) ‘This isn’t about silly string. This doesn’t say anything about silly string. This says beer being thrown on several police officers. These charged are improper she should never have been charged.’ Guzman isn’t calling for the lieutenant’s badge but she does want the charges dropped. The police union says the video shows the officer was justified. The individual threw an unknown object at police. With HAZMAT situations and everything like that today with in current society our officers don’t know what they are up against, we have had urine thrown on us. Josey is a decorated veteran with nearly 20 years on the force he has had thirteen complaints against him. In that time, only one has been substantiated. “We’ve had a string of very embarrassing things occur in this department. I think this is the sixth person, lieutenant or above, that has had some form of misconduct, um, alleged to have taken place, uh, uh, over the last just two months or so.” “An Internal Affairs investigation now holds lieutenant’s fate. Guzman was charged with disorderly conduct. The police report states she threw beer on the officers, something she denies. Through her attorney she has agreed to speak to police and cooperate fully with their internal investigation. In the SAT Center, I’m Dianna Rocco, News 3…”
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Video transcriptAnd we are getting a better idea of what happened during the incident which was caught on tape. The lawyer for the woman that was punched is now speaking out. Eyewitness news reporter Oren Lieberman continues our team coverage. “The outrage has spread as fast as the video. Nearly 800,000 hits in 2 days. The Youtube video of a police lieutenant punching 39 year old Ida Guzman has gone viral, picked up by news networks across the country. Here in Chester, Guzman has retained Attorney Enrique Latoison.” Enrique, “The initial adrenaline rush has warn off, now my client is actually dealing with um, you know, the injury she’s suffering, also the emotional, the emotional injury.” A short clip of the original video, zoomed in on Guzman, shows her spraying silly string in the direction of police officers. None of the officers seem to notice and none of the silly string appears to hit Lieutenant Jonathan Jose. Yesterday, Guzman said she didn’t shoot any silly string. (Speaking Spanish, Liebermann translating), “I am an older woman, I am 39 years old. I don’t have time to be playing around or throwing water, to be disrespecting any other person.” But today her lawyer says she did shoot silly string into the air and did not aim it at any of the officers. He says they haven’t decided yet on pressing charges or filing suit. Enrique, “She has not made a rush to judgment, the same kind of rush to judgment that was made against her. My client is actually deliberating on how we’re going to proceed from here.” Latoison says he intends to fight the charge of disorderly conduct police gave her if it’s not dropped first. Guzman and her attorney say they expect to speak to police soon about that internal affairs investigation. They will wait until that investigation is completed before they make any decision about pressing charges or filing suit. Live from Germantown, Oren Lieberman, CBS 3 Eye Witness News.
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