Bill Cosby‘s alleged mistress of three years is speaking out for the first time. Teresa Taylor is coming to Cosby’s defense, claiming the disgraced comedian never drugged her and didn’t need to drug women to sleep with them.
“What I’ve seen happening in the press about him is so disheartening. He is a kind man. I have never spoken about my personal life before and I needed to say that,” she told Fox News. “Do I believe half of the women? No.”
Taylor doesn’t see why Cosby would have to drug women in order to have sexual contact with them, despite a recent deposition in which the 77-year-old admitted to purchasing quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. She said the “Cosby Show” actor’s fame would have sufficed.
“I respect the women and I can’t dispute it, but I don’t believe a lot of it,” she said. “He didn’t need to do anything to get women to sleep with him. Women are attracted to men with money and power. At the time he was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.”
The 56-year-old said her affair started in 1979 the night she met him backstage at “The Tonight Show.” Taylor also said the pair went on double dates with Hugh Hefner and his girlfriend at the time Barbi Benton.
“He was so respectful towards me,” Taylor said. “He never drugged me or offered me quaaludes. I was young and he took care of me — sometimes financially. He was good to my family. My mom had pictures of Bill all over the house.”
She thought he would eventually leave his wife Camille — whom Taylor claims ignored the affair — for her. They parted on good terms and remained friends.
Gloria Allred, the lawyer representing a number of the women involved, does not believe Taylor’s story relates to the accusers and would not judge Taylor’s credibility.
“We have never claimed that Cosby gave drugs to every woman with whom he had a consensual sexual relationship,” Allred said. “In the court of public opinion, the alleged victims have won and the defenders of Cosby are viewed as fighting a losing battle.”