two more Cosby accusers claim sexual misconduct
Two more women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault.
The latest allegations come from an actress who went to audition for “The Cosby Show,” and also a track coach. The two women join the more than 50 women who allege they were victims of the former sitcom star.
Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the two women as well as about half the Cosby accusers, said she has been contacted by even more women who plan to step forward.
“Each story must be told because there can never be accountability without truth and there can never be enough truth,” Allred said Friday in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“[Cosby] must hope that this scandal would end so that he can try to repair his public image and perhaps continue to attack victims who have come forward by having his representatives tell us that they are not to be believed because they have waited so long to speak their truth. I can assure Mr. Cosby, however, that there are still more victims who will be courageous enough to come forward in the future.”
Cosby’s attorney, Monique Pressley, did not immediately respond for comment.
One of the women, who identified herself only as Dottye, claimed that Cosby drugged and raped her when she went to visit him at a brownstone on the Upper East Side of New York City to audition for “The Cosby Show” in 1984.
Cosby allegedly gave Dottye a drink, after which, said, “Things got foggy thereafter but I do know he took my clothes off and put them in his washing machine.”
She added, “Somehow I ended up on the third floor in the bathroom as Cosby washed me.”
Dottye said Cosby sexually assaulted her when he helped her downstairs to the second floor.
“In front of the steps was a half bathroom and to the left of the door was a chest,” she said. “He leaned me against the chest, raised the robe, and raped me. Next Cosby took me to the right of the bathroom into the dining room, and laid me on the floor where he continued his assault.”
After the alleged attack, Cosby helped her dress, walked her downstairs to the front door and closed it behind her.
“Cosby left me alone in the streets of New York City to drive myself home to New Jersey,” she said.
Dottye said Cosby called her the next day for phone sex but she declined.
Dottye admitted that she later attended a taping of “The Cosby Show” and took her parents to meet Cosby in the green room after one of his performances in Las Vegas.
“I did not realize until last year when the other women started telling their stories that I was drugged that night,” she said. “I went home ashamed, hating myself for ‘letting him have his way.’ I thought he was wrong but at that time I thought so was I.”
The other woman, Donna Barrett, said she was officiating at a track meet at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and posing for photos afterwards with friends when Cosby grabbed her from behind.
“He had his arm on my waist and forcefully pulled me onto his private area saying, ‘Hey, back that thing up here girl, back it on up!,'” she wrote in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “I felt his private parts against my backside.”
Barrett said she cried out and tried to pull away but Cosby gripped her waist and was holding her arm down against her side.
Cosby left shortly thereafter, she claims. “I complained to other officials but no one knew what to do,” she said.
Cosby has had major legal setbacks recently. Allred deposed Cosby earlier this month in the case of another accuser, overcoming his lawyer’s attempt to block such a deposition. The accuser, Judy Huth claims the comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15.
Last month, a Massachusetts judge refused to throw out a libel suit brought against Cosby by three women who say he sexually assaulted them. Tamara Green, Linda Joy Traitz and Therese Serignese allege he defamed them in interviews his representatives did with media organizations that “impugned” their reputations and subjected them to “public contempt, ridicule, aversion or disgrace,” the suit says.
Last week, Cosby replaced his longtime attorney Martin D. Singer in two lawsuits in which Singer had represented him, including Huth’s case. Singer had vehemently defended Cosby and has accused some of the women of lying about their encounters with the comedian.
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