Three new women have added their voices to the chorus of accusers claiming comedian Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
Appearing Wednesday at a press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, two said the fallen funnyman spiked their drinks and accosted them in Las Vegas in the early 1980s, while the third – a former assistant to Cosby’s late agent at William Morris – claimed Cosby drugged her at the Bel Air hotel.
The assistant, identified only by the name Kacey, said she considered Cosby a father figure for most of their working relationship between 1990 and 1996.
She said things turned freaky when Cosby invited her to his home to read a script for a possible part on his hit NBC sitcom – a script that ended with a “passionate kiss.”
“Each time it came to the ‘kiss,’ I did not want to participate,” she said. “He was insistent with him pressing his body against mine and coming in for the kiss.”
At a later meeting at the Bel Air hotel, Cosby insisted that she take a large white pill to relax, she told a conference room packed with reporters.
“I declined several times, but he kept insisting, so finally I ingested it. He insisted that I open my mouth and lift my tongue to make sure that I swallowed it,” she said. “Next, I remember waking up in a bed with Mr. Cosby naked beneath his open robe.”
Alleged victim Linda Kirkpatrick said she was 25 in 1981 when she played against Cosby in a Las Vegas tennis tournament and got an invitation to his casino comedy show.
She said Cosby fed her a clear drink in a champagne glass with red fruit at the bottom that tasted so “terrible” so she only finished half.
Kirkpatrick said she blacked out for most of Cosby’s stage show and woke up back in Cosby’s dressing room alone with the comedian.
“I was lying down. Cosby was on top of me kissing me forcefully,” she claimed, adding that she had no idea how she finally got home.
Speaking with Allred at her side, Kirkpatrick said Cosby called the next day to apologize and asked her back so he could make it up to her. She was young, starstruck and naïve, so she accepted, she said.
The second night they played backgammon in his room before he allegedly attacked her again, she said.
“He caught me off guard, went after me again, grabbed me from the front, locked me in an aggressive hug, with his arms wrapped around my back and forcefully tried to kiss me,” she said. “He held (me) so tightly against his body that it was obvious he was sexually aroused.”
The third alleged victim, identified as Lynn Neal, said she was in her mid-20s when she got to know Cosby while working in a Las Vegas health club.
She said Cosby took her to a restaurant after inviting her to his Hilton show one night in 1982 or 1983 and ordered her a shot of vodka.
She said she tried to eat off his plate of collard greens but was told there wasn’t time for her to eat too, only drink.
“By the time we walked back to his dressing room, I was having problems walking,” she said. “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,” she recalled.
“He told me to calm down, he wasn’t going to hurt me and then he started having sex with me,” she said. “(He) was talking about how an orgasm is like a thermostat, building pressure.”
She broke down crying as she described “struggling to walk down the hallway trying to get out of the hotel.”
Allred praised the women for telling their stories despite reports that Cosby is spending big bucks on private investigators tasked with digging up dirt on his accusers.
She also blasted Cosby’s onscreen wife, the actress Phylicia Rashad, for reportedly defending the comedian in an interview with Showbiz411.com.
“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,'” Allred said.
“Phylicia I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity,” she said.
“Forget these women,” Rashad reportedly told Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman earlier this week.
“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,” she said.
The 66-year-old actress, who portrayed lawyer and mom Claire Huxtable on “The Cosby Show” for eight years, was steadfast in her affection for her former co-star.
“I love him,” she reportedly said.
“Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” she added. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”
So far Cosby, 77, has avoided direct comment on the flurry of allegations that have dented in his wholesome, all-American image.
His wife Camille went to bat for her him in December, calling Cosby a “wonderful” man and questioning “who is the victim?”
Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, has slammed some accusers’ stories as false, “increasingly ridiculous” and “completely illogical.”
After introducing the three new accusers Wednesday, Allred called on ticketholders to boycott Cosby’s upcoming shows in Canada.
“I would suggest you think about how you want to help (Cosby),” she said, arguing that any profit he makes could be used to fund his “attack dogs.”
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