Bill Cosby Faces Sexual Assault Accusations from More Women
Actress Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, teacher Eden Tirl and former stewardess Colleen Hughes claim their encounters with Bill Cosby took place in the 1970s and 1980s – and, as such, like the comic’s other 30-plus accusers the statute of limitations on their allegations has run out, and they cannot seek a court trial.
But, talking to the media on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Ridgeway Whitedeer claims The Cosby Show star took advantage of her in 1971, recalling he sat her down for an interview in an office and allegedly blocked the door with his body to prevent anyone from coming in. The second accuser, Tirl, was also an actress who first met Cosby when she was a guest star on his hit sitcom in the late 1980s. Now a teacher in Los Angeles, she claims she was invited to have lunch with comedian in his dressing room, when he whispered in her ear, ‘See, this is all we were going to do, make love. This is making love’.” Hughes was a stewardess for American Airlines in the early 1970s when she came face-to-face with Cosby during a flight to Los Angeles, after which he reportedly invited her to his hotel room, where she claims he drugged and sexually assaulted her. Hughes alleges, “It was disgusting. Bill obviously did not use a condom. I was confused and ashamed and never told anyone about what happened.” She recalls that a year later, Cosby was on her flight once again, and when she confronted him about the alleged assault, he asked if she had reported the incident, and when she admitted she had not, he told her no one would believe her claims against the revered entertainer. The three new accusers were joined by California attorney Gloria Allred who also represents 21 other women who have come forward with rape, sexual assault and inappropriate behavior claims against Cosby since last summer, 2014. Cosby has never been charged with any crime relating to the accusations, but he has been ordered to give a deposition in October 2015 over allegations he molested a woman at the Playboy Mansion in 1975.