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Cosby's accuser files civil suit

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NEW YORK (CNN) -- The Canadian woman who accused comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and then fondling her filed a civil lawsuit against the entertainer Tuesday.

The suit was filed in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania late Tuesday afternoon by the woman's attorney, Dolores Troiani.

Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor announced in February that he would not file criminal charges against Cosby.

In a statement, he said, "Insufficient credible and admissible evidence exists upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt." (Full story)

His investigation began in January after the 31-year-old former Temple University employee met with Montgomery County detectives to detail events she alleged took place in Cosby's Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, home.

The woman, who lives in Ontario, Canada, initially reported the alleged incident on January 13 to police in Durham, Ontario, about 100 miles north of Toronto.

She alleged that in January 2004 Cosby gave her some medication that made her feel dizzy, then fondled her. She said she later woke up to find her bra undone and her clothes in disarray.

David Brokaw, a Cosby spokesman, told CNN on Tuesday that he has received no information on the lawsuit.

Cosby, 67, has always denied the allegations.

Cosby's attorney, Walter M. Phillips, Jr., has called the accuser's claims "utterly preposterous" and "plainly bizarre."

Cosby's accuser was an "acquaintance" of the comedian, Phillips said.

Cosby has made waves in recent months by accusing African-Americans of tolerating poor parenting, juvenile delinquency and coarse language among themselves.

Cosby made his name as a stand-up comedian with stories about growing up in Philadelphia.

He was the first black man to star in a drama series on American television, winning three Emmys for "I Spy." He voiced several characters on "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids" in the 1970s, and later starred in the comedies "The Cosby Show" and "Cosby."

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