Bill Cosby has now been accused of sexual assault offence by a further three women, who appeared at a press conference on Wednesday alongside women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred.
Organised by Allred, the women revealed details at the press conference of incidences where they claim Cosby, 77, committed the sexual offences in the 1980s. According to the NY Daily News, two of the women said the former Cosby Show star spiked their drinks in Las Vegas, while the other accuser says the comedian drugged her at a Bel Air hotel.
One of the women, Kacey, said Cosby invited her to his home to rehearse for an audition for the hit NBC show and claims that the actor forced her to share a “passionate kiss” while reading the script. “Each time it came to the ‘kiss,’ I did not want to participate. He was insistent with him pressing his body against mine and coming in for the kiss,” Kacey said, before alleging that Cosby “insisted” she swallow a large white pill, which she did, and later woke up naked in his bed.
Another alleged victim, Linda Kirkpatrick, says that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1981 when she was 25-years-old. According to Kirkpatrick, Cosby invited her to his comedy show at a Vegas casino where he allegedly gave her a clear drink poured into a champagne glass. Kirkpatrick says she blacked out for most of the show and ended up in Cosby’s dressing room where the alleged attack took place. “I was lying down. Cosby was on top of me kissing me forcefully,” she said.
Lynn Neal, who met Cosby while working at a Vegas health club, tells a similar story, explaining: “By the time we walked back to his dressing room, I was having problems walking. When we entered the dressing room, I sat on the couch and he started taking my pants down. I said, ‘What are you doing? Stop!’ But he didn’t, and I was weak.”
During the press conference, Allred took the opportunity to blast Phylicia Rashad, Cosby’s former TV wife, who defended him against the allegations this week. Phylicia insinuated that the accusers were trying to destroy Cosby’s legendary career, but Allred said it wasn’t fair to dismiss the alleged victims.
“Phylicia, if anyone did to you or to your daughter, your sister or your mother what Cosby is alleged to have done to these women, I have no doubt that you would not be saying ‘Forget these women.’ Phylicia I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity,” Allred hit back. However, Phylicia says her quotes were misinterpreted, telling World News Tonight with David Muir yesterday: “That is not what I said. What I said is, ‘this is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of legacy. I am a woman. I would never say such a thing.”
Cosby has stated he will not directly respond to each allegation and is only communication will be through his lawyer, Martin Singer.