LOS ANGELES –– Three more women came forward yesterday to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually inappropriate behaviour, creating yet another wave of allegations that the comedian abused his power by drugging and assaulting women.
One woman was a cocktail server at a jazz club in Redondo Beach, California, in the 1970s. She accused Cosby of stealing her panties after drugging her and assaulting her in her car while she was unconscious.
Another was a former model and actress who appeared as an extra on The Cosby Show. She said Cosby told her she had better sleep with him if she wanted to make it in the entertainment industry.
After years of silence, the women said, allegations against Cosby from other women emboldened them to come forward.
“After 35 years of living with these shameful memories in secret, I was finally encouraged by all the other women who have recently told their stories,” said Sharon Van Ert, the former waitress.
More than 40 women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct over the past 40 years. The comedian has never been criminally charged and has vehemently denied wrongdoing. Cosby’s representatives declined to comment on the latest claims.
The latest allegations come amid news this week that three universities –– Marquette, Fordham and Brown –– stripped Cosby of honorary degrees.
“Mr Cosby has nobody to blame but himself for his choices and his actions,” the women’s lawyer Gloria Allred said yesterday in her Los Angeles law office.
“There should be serious consequences for anyone who intentionally harms or endangers the health, safety or life of innocent women and girls.”