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Another woman has stepped forward to publicly claim Bill Cosby drugged her and tried to sexually assault her.
Kristina Ruehli, a 71-year-old grandmother in New Hampshire, told Philadelphia magazine she was a secretary at Artists Agency in Beverly Hills in 1965, when Cosby walked into the office and invited her to a party.
By stepping forward, Ruehli joined a growing list of women who have publicly accused Cosby of being a sexual predator, including Andrea Constand, Tamara Green, Beth Ferrier, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson, Therese Serignese, Angela Leslie, Renita Chaney Hill and Carla Ferrigno, wife and manager of The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno.
Ruehli recalled to the magazine that the impromptu invitation to Cosby’s home didn’t phase her. “The agency was a very social place,” she said. But when she arrived at Cosby’s home around 10 p.m., she quickly discovered she was the only guest.
Ruehli said Cosby told her his wife was out of town and proceeded to pour some drinks. After two “bourbon-and-7s,” Ruehli said she didn’t remember much besides walking around Cosby’s pool and into an adjacent bedroom.
Once there, “I completely passed out,” she said. “At that age, two bourbon-and-7s would not have knocked me out cold, believe me. In those days, I could drink most men under the table. It was a standard eight-ounce glass, and they were not overly strong, or I would have noticed it.”
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“He must have drugged me,” she told the magazine. “There is just one point at which I was having a drink and feeling normal and the next I was somehow passed out completely. He must have slipped something into my drink. It’s the only way to go lights-out like that.”
When Ruehli regained consciousness, she said she was in the bed. “I woke up in the bed. I found myself on the bed, and he had his shirt off. He had unzipped his pants. I was just coming to. He was attempting to force me into oral sex. He had his hand on my head. He had his cock out, and he had my head pushed close enough to it — I just remember looking at his stomach hair. And the hair on his chest. I had never seen a black man naked before.”
“And it never went past that. I immediately came to and was immediately very sick. I pushed myself away and ran to the bathroom and threw up. I was feeling really ill. And I never got sick like that from alcohol, at least not that small of an amount. Once I threw up — it was five in the morning by now, I think — I left the bathroom, and he wasn’t there. I don’t know where he went. But I left right away. I was able to drive myself home. I didn’t live that far away,” Ruehli told the magazine.
She never saw Cosby again and didn’t tell anyone what happened “for a long time. I didn’t want to bring it up. I was embarrassed.”
Ruehli said she eventually became one of the Jane Does set to testify in Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her. That case was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed amount.
Cosby has denied allegations of assault through statements from his reps and attorneys. The controversy has led to NBC canceling a planned series with the comedian and Netflix postponing a comedy special. TV Land has stopped airing reruns of The Cosby Show.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, on Thursday released a statement calling the rash of new accusations “ridiculous.”
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