Woman Comes Forward With New Claims That Bill Cosby Drugged, Raped Her in 1976
Therese Serignese alleges Cosby gave her pills and assaulted her at the Las Vegas Hilton, where the comedian was headlining
Yet another woman claiming Bill Cosby drugged and raped her has come forward, the Huffington Post reported on Thursday.
Therese Serignese, a registered nurse in Boca Raton, Fla., told the publication that Cosby drugged and raped her at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1976, while the comedian was headlining at the hotel.
Serignese is the fourth woman in the past week to publicly claim Cosby sexually assaulted her. Barbara Bowman gave a first-person account to the Washington Post on Nov. 13 about multiple assaults she says took place in 1985. On Monday, former actress Joan Tarshis told Don Lemon on CNN Tonight that she was first raped by Cosby after taping an episode of The Bill Cosby Show. Former supermodel Janice Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday that Cosby raped her in 1982.
Serignese said she was 19 years old when she met Cosby in the Hilton gift shop, and he invited her to see his show. After the show, Serignese said Cosby gave her two white pills. "The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me," she said. "I was just there, thinking, 'I'm on drugs, I'm drugged.' I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there."
Serignese did not report the incident to authorities, she told the Huffington Post. "I just tried to forget it. I tried to block it out."
In 2005, Serignese heard about Andrea Constand filing a lawsuit against Cosby, alleging he drugged and assaulted her a year earlier. Serignese contacted the Philadelphia police and became one of the 12 Jane Does interviewed to testify for the prosecution. That case was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed amount.
When asked why she decided to give her public account now, Serignese did not mince words:
"The reason I'm coming forward now is that I'm still angry about what he did, and I'm angry that he pretends he didn't do these things. People know what they do. He's got to have some kind of a conscience, and he has to feel some kind of guilt in his heart for what he did. And he owes every one of us a sincere apology. I don't want to carry this after he dies without him apologizing. It's hard to carry something like that through your whole life."
"This is a man that everybody said, 'What a great guy this is!' 'This is Mr. Family Man!' — and I knew he wasn't. I know he's a rapist."
On Thursday, the Tucson Sentinel reported an Arizona casino has canceled an appearance by Cosby scheduled for Feb. 15.
The Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita began selling tickets on Saturday for the show, and a casino representative told the newspaper on Thursday that the show was canceled. The representative did not give a reason for scrapping the event.