Bill Cosby: New Victim Says He Forced "Himself in My Mouth" 30 Years Ago
Thirty years later, a former aspiring actress speaks out about the comedian who said he wanted to "mentor" her.
Another woman has come forward in the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, 30 years after allegedly being raped by the comedian.
In a CNN interview, Heidi Thomas, a Denver native, said she pursued acting and modeling in 1984 at the age of 24. According to Thomas, her JF Images agent, Annie Maloney, presented the young actress with good news: She needed to go to Reno, Nev., because Cosby was "looking for young talent that he can mentor" and wanted to work with her.
At the advice of Maloney (who died in 1997), Thomas said she flew to Reno, was picked up by a limousine and taken to a private residence. After questioning why she wasn't taken to Harrah's Hotel and Casino where Cosby was set to perform (and Maloney said Thomas would stay), the driver told her that Cosby "doesn't have to deal with all of the paparazzi."
After meeting Cosby at the residence for private coaching, Thomas said Cosby asked her to do a cold read of an intoxicated person. Thomas didn't drink much.
"How are you ever going play an intoxicated person ... if you've never been drunk?" Cosby allegedly asked her.
According to Thomas, Cosby offered her a glass of Chablis, and her memory soon became "foggy." Cosby asked her something along the lines of, "Feeling the part now?" or, "Feeling the lines now?"
Thomas' memory serves that Cosby was "forcing himself in my mouth" when she woke up in the bed next to him, and he forced himself on top of her, saying, "I'm your friend. ... Your friend is gonna [ejaculate] again."
The actress stormed out of the room, but later apologized for being "rude." She remained in Reno for the duration of the four-day trip, making excuses to herself about the incident: "What's happened? Why am I here? Why is he naked? What did I say? What did I do?"
Months later, Thomas visited Cosby in St. Louis and met up with him backstage after one of his shows but never addressed the incident and was never alone with him.
Since the alleged rape, Thomas has kept the secret to herself, never telling her agent, talent agency or mother. But in the past few weeks, Thomas learned from a friend that her mother, Greta Lea Johnson, knew something happened to her daughter three decades ago.
"I remember standing in the kitchen, thrilled to hear from my daughter. She was excited," Johnson said of receiving a call from her daughter after the first full day of her trip. "I did something wrong and ... I got away and slammed the door," she recalls her daughter telling her.
Her mother probed: "Did he rape you?" Thomas replied: "No, I got away."
Though Johnson wanted to help her daughter, she didn't know how. "I couldn't reach her. I couldn't touch her. I didn't know anyone in Reno to send her to. She was on the other side of the earth."
In an effort to make "things get back to normal" for her daughter, she never brought up the phone call.
Since Thomas discovered that her mother knew of the incident, she felt empowered — and obligated — to speak out. "I was beginning to think, though ... that whole 'keeping your silence' is a form of acceptance. It's not supporting the women who are coming forward. It's not helping ... and if enough people make enough of a fuss, maybe we can get a culture that starts to listen."
More than 20 women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Cosby.