Cosby Accusers Speak Out After Sentencing: "His Reign of Terror Is Over"
Some of the 60 women who accused the entertainer of sexual misconduct spoke out after his Montgomery County verdict on Tuesday.
After Bill Cosby was sentenced on Tuesday to state prison for three to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his gated estate, some of his 60 accusers are speaking out about Constand's legal victory.
Cindra Ladd — a former entertainment executive who accused Cosby of raping her while she was passed out at her friends’ house when she was 21 — said she was "grateful" to hear the verdict.
"I always knew Bill Cosby was a violent sexual predator, and now it’s been officially confirmed by the Court," Ladd said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "He now has to register as such and receive counseling for the rest of his life. I’m grateful to Judge O’Neill for his steady and fair administration of justice and for his sentencing."
Former model Janice Dickinson — who was present in the courthouse to witness Cosby’s sentencing on Tuesday — had accused Cosby of raping her in 1982, where he gave her a pill that he claimed would ease menstrual cramps. Instead, Dickinson said she felt immobilized and was “rendered motionless” by the pill.
Dickinson’s attorney Lisa Bloom released a statement from her client: "The rape shattered my ability to trust. It made me extremely wary of being an actress … I lost a lot of spunk. I lost some of my effervescent attitude and lightness, qualities required as a model," Dickinson wrote.
Despite moving to Milan to "get away" from Cosby, Dickinson said that the rape "etched" into her soul. "Therapy has helped some but has it has not helped to restore my innocence. I was never the same. I will never be the same," she added.
In court, after Cosby was sentenced, Dickinson looked at the comedian and said, "Here's the last laugh, pal," the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, accuser Lili Bernard said in her own statement after the sentencing at a press conference organized by the Pennsylvania Office of Victim Advocate that she had found “solace” now that the comedian is unable to “get away with impunity.”
"There is solace, absolutely," she said. "It is his fame and his fortune and his phony philanthropy that has allowed him to get away with impunity. Maybe this will send a message to other powerful perpetrators that they will be caught and punished."
Also at the press conference, accuser Lise Lotte-Lublin said, "I am free of Bill Cosby. I’ve moved on and I forgive him. He will never control my life. I have the strength to give him permission to ask me for my forgiveness for him.”
Accuser Chelan Lasha added that she had waited 32 years for the day's verdict, "hoping my nightmare will go away." "He did not care how old I was young and innocent, only 17 years old. Why should he receive mercy just because he’s 81?”
Accuser Linda Kirkpatrick also ruffled at the defense's citation of Cosby's age. “Don't talk about him being blind to me. I was blind from being unconscious,” she said.
"Today I feel a victory in my soul and in my heart about the sentencing. I’m sorry he showed no remorse in the courtroom," accuser Sarita Butterfield added at the press conference.
Accuser Stacey Pinkerton told her story publicly for the first time at the press conference. "I kept moving from one address to another, across the Pacific Ocean, later the Atlantic, settling in Europe. No place was far enough away from Mr. Cosby,” she said.
The woman who has reported the earliest assault from Cosby, Sunni Welles, refused to forgive the entertainer in her statement. “I hope that when you die you go to the hell of your making because this is precisely where you deserve to go for your sins and horrendous crimes against me and so many trusting, lovely women,” she said.
Accuser Therese Serignese commented on Cosby's behavior during the trial concluding that by “not having a sense of remorse,” Cosby showed “the damage you have caused me means nothing to you.”
Victoria Valentino, another accuser, concluded the press conference by commenting on the importance of the trial as a whole: "The bottom line is this whole thing is so much bigger than Cosby,” she said. "This is about a woman’s worth. This is about rape culture in our society. This is about the fact that we as women are not equal under the constitution in 2018.”
Valentino also appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday, referring to Cosby as "sociopathic."
"He has no conscience therefore even if he did apologize it wouldn't matter. It would be just an act," she said. Valentino also admitted that for a brief moment she felt sympathy for Cosby after he appeared "frail" and was no longer the "arrogant, pompous, rather terrifying presence" that assaulted her.
"But then I saw a smirk on his face," she said, explaining that Cosby was "still delusional" and thought he was going to be free on bail. "It says no matter how wealthy, how powerful, no matter how famous, you are not above the law."
In a statement submitted to the court, Constand said that almost 15 years after her assault, she is a “middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern” where she was “unable to heal fully or to move forward.”
Of Cosby, she wrote: “We may never know the full extent of his double life as a sexual predator, but his decades-long reign of terror as a serial rapist is over.”
Janice Baker-Kinney — who accused Cosby of rape and testified during the trial — released a statement on Twitter, thanking Cosby for rallying a “group of wounded women to come together.”
"You used your celebrity to victimize dozens upon dozens of women, including me and your sense of entitlement and lack of remorse is astonishing," she wrote.
"Your arrogance sparked a movement that has grown to thousands of women taking back their self-esteem and proudly standing up for what is morally right, so thank you Mr. Cosby," Baker-Kinney added.