Bill Cosby Accuser Beth Ferrier Says She Lost 'Everything' After Going Public in 2006
For the past nine years, Beth Ferrier has tried her best to stay out of the media spotlight.
In 2006, Ferrier, who says she was in a consensual relationship with Bill Cosby for months, told PEOPLE magazine about how she believes Cosby slipped something into her cappuccino.
She says she went to visit him in his dressing room in Denver in the mid-1980s and he gave her a cappuccino.
“I woke up in my car in the parking lot with my clothes all a mess,” the model told PEOPLE in 2006.
“I was definitely drugged. All I had to drink was coffee and the room was spinning. I wondered, I still wonder, ‘What did he do with me? Why was my bra unhooked? What happened?’ ”
Cosby, through his attorneys, has consistently denied all previous allegations. And in a statement on Friday, Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said, “It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”
He added of the claims that have come out in the past two weeks: “It is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”
“I lost everything,” she says. “I’ve had to change my number several times because people were threatening me.”
Members of her family stopped speaking with her and her modeling work dried up, she says.
“I lost a lot of friends,” she says. “They didn’t want to talk to me anymore.”
Ferrier, 56, slowly rebuilt her life and worked as a certified special education teacher until she broke her neck in May 2011.
She doesn’t have a television so she had no idea about the recent Cosby uproar until a member of the media tracked down a friend of hers two days ago.
“I immediately was like, ‘I’m not going to say a word,’ ” she says. “I just started to shake my head, thinking, ‘Holy Moly.’ I feel really sorry for you because you have no idea how bad it can get.”
This time needs to be different, she says.
“There needs to be an outcry and it needs to be huge,” she says. “And I hope it gets so bad for him that he finally will break and have some true emotion.”
Mostly, though, she just wants him to admit what he did.
“This time use your energy, your wealth and your intelligence to tell the world the truth,” she says. “Call us by name. You know us.”
• With reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD