At a press conference on Wednesday, attorney Gloria Allred introduced three more women who have come forward with their stories of sexual abuse from Bill Cosby.
Allred began the conference by talking about the New York magazine cover story that featured 35 of Cosby’s accusers. She then referenced the one empty chair that is shown in the photo. “Today that empty chair is filled by three new women, who alleged that they were victimized by Mr. Cosby,” said Allred. The three women are Colleen Hughes, Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer and Eden Tirl, reports Huffington Post.
Colleen Hughes, a former flight attendant, described meeting Cosby on a flight in the early 1970s, when he asked her to meet for lunch. After offering her champagne in a hotel room, she woke up hours later. “I was shocked. I didn’t know how I had lost so much time. My clothes were thrown all over the room and I felt semen on the small of my back and all over me,” Hughes said. After Cosby tried flirting with her a year later on another flight, she told him, “You already had me once and I don’t want to be drugged again.”
Eden Tirl, a former actress, said she was sexually harassed during her appearance on The Cosby Show when she was 22 years old. “I never came forward in 1989. I knew that I had been sexually harassed, I knew I should say something.”
Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer was also an actress who says she was assaulted by Cosby during an audition. “When Cosby was done, there was a horrible mess of semen all over my face. I bordered on vomiting,” she said. From Huffington Post:
After the alleged attack, Whitedeer said, “He was mumbling that I had been blessed with his semen as if it was holy water.” “Even to this day,” she continued, “I am still ashamed. [...] It is my turn to take the empty chair that I saw on the cover because I was assaulted in the chair in a job interview and I was not drugged.”
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