( 4UMF NEWS ) Number Of Bill Cosby Accusers Passes 50:
The shame campaign against Bill Cosby continued Thursday with yet more accusers coming forward, bringing the total to more than 50 women who say he drugged and raped them.
The latest accusers were, as has been most often the case, presented by attorney Gloria Allred, who represents nearly half of the total accusers, at a press conference in New York.
The three women she introduced included one, Sarita Butterfield, who had already gone public with her accusations against Cosby but showed up to repeat them and to support the two women going public for the first time.
Allred used the occasion to reiterate her vow to force Cosby to answer questions about his alleged past behavior at a deposition in October for a lawsuit by accuser and Allred client Judy Huth, who says Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles 41 years ago when she was 15.
“We want the real Bill Cosby to show up, not (Cosby TV character) Dr. Huxtable,” she said. “Mr. Cosby now has to deal with reality. Although we will be video-taping the deposition, this is not a sitcom for television.”
Allred has been presenting Cosby accusers for months, ever since allegations against the TV icon re-emerged last fall that he had drugged and assaulted scores of women in episodes reaching back to the mid 1960s. Cosby has denied all wrongdoing and has not been charged with a crime.
The new accusers say their encounters with Cosby either took place at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles or started there, decades ago, and followed a pattern described by other accusers. The women said they never told anyone their stories because they were afraid they would not be believed.
Charlotte Fox said she met Cosby when she was 23, while working on a movie as an extra, in the 1970s. She said he raped her in a room at the Playboy Mansion after she ate and drank food at a dinner he hosted.
“I do not take this lightly,” she said. “It took me this long to say something because the burden of saying something has a huge effect on so many lives, mine included.”
Elizabeth (she did not disclose her real name), said she was an American Airlines flight attendant, 20 years old, in 1976, when she met Cosby on a flight and he invited her to the Mansion. After she later drank sake at a Japanese restaurant with him, she says she fell into a trance-like state, ended up in his hotel room, and was forced to submit to a sex act she would not detail.
“All I know is that it was the most horrifying thing that could happen to an innocent young woman,” she said. “No one would have ever believed me in 1976. I would have been told that put myself in a vulnerable situation and it was my fault.”
Butterfield said she was a Playboy model in 1977, when she was 22. Cosby asked her to Christmas Eve dinner with his family at his home in Massachusetts, she said, and then assaulted her when she was alone in the guest house. She said he groped her, grabbed her hair and aggressively kissed her and only stopped when she started to protest loudly.
“I trusted Bill Cosby and looked up to him and I never would have imagined that he would invite me to his home in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve to assault me,” Butterfield said.
Allred said the accusers were at first excited to meet a major star like Cosby, but were later betrayed. It’s too late for them to take legal action against him, she said, because of the statute of limitations.
“They have now decided to come forward in an effort to help other women and to hold Mr. Cosby accountable for what they allege was his misconduct with them,” Allred said.