The number of women that are accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault just keep growing.
At a press conference held in attorney Gloria Allred’s Los Angeles office on Wednesday, three new women have come forward, alleging that the 78-year-old comedian had sexually assaulted them in the past.
The women that have come forward are former Mrs. America Lisa Christie, Sharon Van Ert and a former cocktail server at a jazz club allegedly frequented by Cosby, and Pamela Abeyta, a woman who claims she was introduced to Cosby because she wanted him to help her appear in Playboy magazine.
“Although it is too late for these three new accusers to take any legal action against Mr. Cosby because of the statute of limitations, these three courageous women want Mr. Cosby to be accountable for what they say was his misconduct towards them,” Allred said.
Christi says she was an 18-year-old model when she met Cosby. He became her mentor, encouraging her to attend college. She claims that, in 1989,while they were together at a Chicago hotel he suggested they do an acting exercise. He asked her to kiss him “like a boyfriend,” she said. “He raised his voice and said, ‘You owe me,’ and ‘You’re never going to make it in this business unless you sleep with me,'” she stated.
Retired chauffeur Abeyta said she visited a Cosby producer in Orange County in 1979, to discuss the possible opportunity with Playboy. She flew to Las Vegas to meet Cosby at his show, where Abeyta claims they stayed in a suite and Cosby bought her $2,500 in clothes and took her to a dinner show. Abeyta alleges that she doesn’t remember leaving the dinner show.
“When I came to, I was lying in Bill Cosby’s bed, not my own room,” she said. “When I came to again, I saw two other naked people in the room by the bed. Bill was sitting on the side of the bed and I blacked out again.”
Abeyta claims that when she woke up the following day in her room, she barely recalls getting to the airport.
“I kept this to myself for so long because I believed it was my fault,” she said.
Van Ert said she met Cosby while working at a jazz club in California in 1976. She claims that one night as she was leaving work, after having a few drinks, Cosby offered to walk her to her car. She said Cosby told her to get in the car, and he got in too.
“After a while, Mr. Cosby started getting fresh. He was touching me and rubbing my leg,” Van Ert said. “The next thing I remember, I was waking up in my car … I knew I was drugged because I threw up and I never threw up or drank too much. When I got home I realized my panties were missing and I never found them. I believe that Mr. Cosby took them after he assaulted me.”
Cosby has never been charged with a crime and maintains his innocence, and his legal team has yet to respond to the latest accusations. But in a 2005 deposition from a civil sexual assault lawsuit, Cosby admitted under oath to obtaining Quaaludes to give to “young women” that he “wanted to have sex with.”
In late July, 35 of Cosby’s accusers united to tell their story to New York Magazine. The magazine photographed and interviewed each woman separately, and noted that each of “their stories have remarkable similarities.”
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