Three More Women Come Forward With Bill Cosby Rape Claims

Three More Women Come Forward With Bill Cosby Rape Claims

The total number of accusers is now nearing 50.

Published August 13, 2015

The highly publicized Bill Cosby rape scandal continues to intensify as three more women have come forward accusing the iconic TV dad of sexual assault. Us magazine reports that attorney Gloria Allred brought the three women forward during a press conference on Wednesday, August 12, where they shared their experiences.

During the event, they described disturbing details of their encounters with Cosby. Colleen Hughes, Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer and Eden Tirl started off explaining they first came into contact with him while in their 20s. Hughes recalled Cosby, on one occasion, drank Champagne from her Gucci shoe during a meeting at his hotel.

"He raised the shoe toward me offering the drink in my shoe to me and said, 'A princess should always drink champagne out of a glass slipper,'" she said. Hughes, 64, continued her story, claiming she later passed out and woke up in his hotel room hours later with semen on her back. "Bill obviously didn't use a condom," she said.

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Whitedeer, 69, says she was attacked by Cosby in 1971 when she went to him for advice on her acting career. "His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side," she said before adding that he forced her to perform oral sex on him. She said that, afterward, he told her, "I had been blessed with his semen, like holy water."

Tirl, 49, had been around the actor on a few occasions as she appeared in episodes of The Cosby Show. Though she initially avoided physical contact with him, she claimed that after a 1989 taping, he came onto her, telling her, "That's all we're going to do, make love." She said she left the dressing room before anything escalated.

Allred represents all three women in addition to 21 other Cosby accusers. When explaining why it has taken them so long to come forward, she said, "Many of them were in fear because they had never spoken out publicly about anything and certainly in some cases had never ever told family, co-workers, and friends about what they allege Mr. Cosby did to them."

Back in July, documents from 2005 where obtained by the Associated Press in which the TV icon confessed to getting Quaaludes and other narcotics with the goal of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with. It stated that he testified, while under oath, to giving three half-pills of Benadryl to a former Temple University employee.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

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