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Three more women have publicly stepped forward with accusations that comedian Bill Cosby had sexually assaulted them in the 1970s and 1980s. The women — Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, Colleen Hughes and Eden Tirl — joined civil-rights attorney Gloria Allred (who now represents 21 of Cosby’s accusers) at a press conference Wednesday to share their stories.
Allred began by referencing last month’s New York Magazine cover that featured 35 of Cosby’s accusers as well as an empty chair meant to represent victims who have not stepped forward. She told the room, “Today, that empty chair is filled by three new women who allege that they were victimized by Mr. Cosby. These women have now found the courage to come forward to tell what they allege is their truth about what Mr. Cosby did to them.”
Whitedeer, an actress who appeared in 1972’s The Mechanic, detailed her account of the assault in 1971, alleging Cosby of sexually assaulting her while in an interview. The actress alleged that Cosby sat her down in a chair in an office and blocked the door with his body so no one could enter.
“I felt Cosby’s left hand gently grab my long hair behind my head … As I looked up his penis was out of his pants and he shoved it in my mouth,” Whitedeer described. “When Cosby was done there were a horrible mess of semen all over my face, my clothes and in my hair … He was mumbling that I had been blessed with his semen as if it was holy water.”
Hughes, a former stewardess for American Airlines, detailed her account of meeting Cosby on a flight to Los Angeles. She recalled that Cosby had invited her to his hotel in Santa Monica, where he offered her glasses of champagne, and subsequently drugged and sexually assaulted her in the early 1970s.
“My clothes were thrown all over the room and I felt semen on the small of my back and all over me. It was disgusting. Bill obviously did not use a condom,” Hughes said. “I was confused and ashamed and never told anyone about what happened.”
A year after the alleged assault, Hughes said that she encountered Cosby once again on a flight where she told him, “You already had me once and I don’t want to be ever drugged again.” She said that Cosby turned pale and asked her if she had reported the assault to which Hughes replied, “No, you are Bill Cosby, who would believe me? But if you touch anyone of the crew, I will report you.”
Tirl, who currently works as an English teacher in Los Angeles, recalled that she met Cosby while guest starring on The Cosby Show in the late 1980s. The former actress said that she had been pulled from rehearsal to go have lunch with Cosby in his dressing room where she alleges she had been sexually harassed.
“Bill came toward me. When we were face-to-face he asked me to turn around,” Tirl said. “I felt him step toward me and put his hands over the backs of my hands … When he was finished with this, he then pulled me into him, wrapped both our arms around me, like lovers would, and whispered in my ear, ‘See this is all we were going to do, make love. This is making love.’ “
After Tirl finished detailing her account, she turned to Whitedeer, embraced her and said, “We did it. We did it,” as tears streamed down the women’s faces.
Allred confirmed that Cosby will be deposed on Oct. 9 with depositions from her clients following shortly after.
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