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Gloria Allred Appears With Three More Women Who Say Cosby Drugged And Sexually Assaulted Them
Three more women came forward today accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, bringing the total up to over 20.
Attorney Gloria Allred held a press conference today at 11:30 a.m. at her office at 6300 Wilshire Blvd. with three more woman who talked about their past experiences with the comedian. This follows a press conference Allred held in December with three other women alleging that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
Linda Kirkpatrick said today that she met Cosby back in 1981 at a tennis match at a Las Vegas club, TMZ reports. She was 25 at the time. In a story similar to several others, Kirkpatrick said he invited her to a show. He gave her a drink, which caused her to pass out, she said. When she woke up in the dressing room, Cosby was reportedly on top of her, "forcefully" kissing her.
"I knew something was terribly, terribly wrong with whatever I had consumed in the drink he gave me," Kirkpatrick said. She said she also recalled seeing Cosby wearing a silver bracelet with the name Camille on it.
Lynn Neal said she also met Cosby at a tennis event when she was working at a massage therapist at a health club in the early 1980s, KTLA reports.She was also in her 20s at the time. He invited her to dinner at a restaurant, but told her there was no time to eat, she said. Instead, Neal said he provided her with some vodka. "I said, 'I don't want that. I would have ordered something with juice.' He said, 'just drink it.' So I did."
She said that after drinking the vodka, she started to feel strange. "By the time we got back to his dressing room, I was having problems walking. I felt disoriented and confused." She said she sat on the couch and Cosby started taking her pants off. She told him to stop, but he just told her to calm down and started having sex with her. She said she couldn't stop him.
Another woman only identified as Kacey said she used to work at William Morris, Cosby's agency, in the '90s, which is how the two became acquainted. She said their relationship began as very professional, but eventually turned weird. At one point, Cosby had her reading a script with a kiss scene in it with him, and was allegedly very insistent they press their lips together when it came to that part. Another time, Kacey said Cosby invited her to lunch when he was staying in a bungalow at the Bel Air Hotel. Food and drinks were brought out first, but then Cosby told her she needed to relax. He insisted she take a large, white pill, Kacey said. She said she said no numerous times, but finally relented and took the pill, and that Cosby went so far as to ask her to lift her tongue to prove she had swallowed it. She said the pill caused her to pass out and she woke up with a naked Cosby lying next to her in bed. "After that I did not want to see or work with Mr. Cosby, so I left William Morris," she said.
In Allred's previous press conference, she advised that he either set aside the statute of limitations—which is up for all his accusers—and face the allegations in court, or set aside $100 million for an informal hearing. She also said that for Cosby to be forgiven, he would "have to do a point by point acknowledgment or denial of each and every claim that is made."
Actress Phylicia Rashad—Cosby's TV wife—recently denounced the accusers by telling Showbiz 411, "Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy. And it's a legacy that is so important to the culture." Allred said today that it was Cosby's own fault if his legacy was destroyed, L.A. Times reports.
Cosby is slated to perform tonight in Ontario, his first appearance since November. Some ticket holders have mixed feelings; some are refusing to go, and others are planning on heckling him, ABC reports.
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