The wife of scandal-plagued comedian Bill Cosby is being taken to task by two of his accusers, after a report surfaced over the weekend saying Camille Cosby believes her husband’s alleged victims “consented” to taking drugs and having sex with him.
Attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference with the accusers Monday in Los Angeles. During the conference, Allred said her clients “adamantly deny” the picture painted by Camille Cosby, who according to a New York Post story published Sunday, “doesn’t believe that Bill provided drugs and had sex with women without their consent.”
The Post quoted an anonymous source employed by the Cosby family as saying, “She’s well aware of his cheating, but she doesn’t believe that her husband is a rapist.”
During Monday’s conference, Allred said that her clients, Beth Ferrier and Rebecca Lynn Neal, “adamantly deny that they took drugs voluntarily from Mr. Cosby.”
Added Allred, “I invite Mrs. Cosby to meet face-to-face with my clients to hear directly from them what they allege that Mr. Cosby did to them. Mrs. Cosby can ask them any questions she would like to ask and then she can learn who the real victim is.”
The ongoing legal saga surrounding Cosby had a bombshell moment last week, when deposition excerpts revealed that Cosby had admitted to obtaining Quaaludes in order to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
The 2005 deposition was taken in relation to a lawsuit brought against Cosby by accuser Andrea Constand. Ferrier and Neal had served as Jane Doe witnesses in that case, which was settled for an undisclosed amount.
Following the release of the deposition excerpts, Constand filed a motion claiming that Cosby and his legal team violated the confidentiality agreement of the settlement, and asked that the entire deposition and settlement be released.
During Monday’s press conference, Allred said that Ferrier and Neal had filed a memorandum in support of Constand’s request to unseal the full deposition.
“In the memorandum our clients argue that they need the entire deposition to be released so that they can defend themselves with the whole truth — not just select passages of the transcript, which have been released.”
Ferrier has accused Cosby of drugging her coffee while visiting him in Denver, and “has also alleged that she believes that Cosby may have sexually assaulted her after he drugged her,” Allred said.
Neal said on Monday that she was “drugged and sexually assaulted” after meeting Cosby at a Las Vegas health club, where she worked.
In recent months, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault, with many of them claiming that the comedian had drugged them beforehand.
The allegations have sparked multiple lawsuits, including a complaint filed by former “America’s Next Top Model” judge Janice Dickinson.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has denied accusations made against the comedian in the past.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.