The sexual assault scandal surrounding besieged comedian Bill Cosby spread even further on Wednesday, as three new accusers, including an actress who said she appeared on “The Cosby Show,” came forward to accuse the TV legend of wrongdoing.
At a press conference in attorney Gloria Allred’s Los Angeles office, the women — identified as Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, Colleen Hughes and Eden Tirl — detailed at length how they were allegedly victimized by Cosby.
Hughes, who said that she was an American Airlines flight attendant when she met Cosby in the early ’70s on a flight to L.A., explained that the comedian “flirted with me the entire flight” and invited her to lunch in Beverly Hills when they landed.
According to Hughes, the two went to her hotel room so she could shower and change clothes and, when she emerged, Cosby had ordered champagne and appetizers. Hughes claimed that Cosby was drinking champagne out of her shoe. There were also glasses of champagne, Hughes said, and Cosby handed her one. The last thing Hughes claimed to remember was Cosby attempting to hold her hand, after which she woke up hours later.
“My clothes were thrown all over the room and I felt semen on the small of my back and all over me,” Hughes said. “Bill obviously did not use a condom and there was no lunch and he was nowhere to be seen.”
Hughes claimed that, approximately a year later, she encountered Cosby on another flight. When she reminded the comedian of the alleged incident, Hughes said, Cosby “turned pale and said ‘did you ever report that to anyone?'” She replied that she had not.
Whitedeer told reporters that she encountered Cosby in the early ’70s, after embarking on an acting career. According to Whitedeer, she was on a movie set with Cosby, who told her, “I’m going to interview you and we will use the director’s office.”
However, Whitedeer said, what transpired in the office was very different.
“I felt Cosby’s left hand gently grab my long hair behind my head … his giant frame blocked the door so if anyone should try to enter, they would not be able to see what he was doing,” Whitedeer said. “As I looked up his penis was out of his pants and he shoved it in my mouth. His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side.”
According to Whitedeer, “When Cosby was done, there was a horrible mess of semen all over my face, my clothes and in my hair. He took out a Kleenex to try to wipe off my face. I was bordering between vomiting and passing out. He was mumbling that I had been blessed with his semen as if it was holy water.”
Cosby, Whitedeer said, “gloated over my humiliation.”
The third accuser, Eden Tirl, claimed that she had been cast to play a police officer on “The Cosby Show” on its fifth season and was ushered to Cosby’s dressing room after shooting one afternoon.
Cosby, Tirl said, “closed the door behind him… and locked it.
“There was a palpable shift of power. I lost my breath,” Tirl said.
The pair chatted for close to a half hour, Tirl said, though the whole time her “knees shook behind the coffee table.” Tirl said she attempted to deter Cosby’s attention by telling him, “Bill, you are Jello pudding pops and Fat Albert to me … you are my childhood.”
“He barked back instantly, ‘Don’t say that, they all say that!'” Tirl recalled.
“I had handled being ‘hit on’ many times in the industry, this had far surpassed that.” Tirl told reporters. “I felt dominated.”
In recent months, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of rape and sexual assault, including “The Cosby Show” actress Lili Bernard, who alleges that the comedian drugged, raped and threatened her while he was mentoring her in preparation for her appearance on the sitcom.
In the wake of the accusations, Cosby has suffered career setbacks, with Netflix postponing a comedy special that was to have aired late last year, and NBC shelving a comedy that it was developing as a possible starring vehicle for the comedian.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has denied accusations made against the comedian in the past.
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