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Therese Serignese alleges Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her

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The latest in a line of alleged victims to come forward, 57-year-old Therese Serignese is claiming that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her.

According to People, Serignese says the assault began in 1976, when she was 19, and Cosby gave her a free ticket to his Vegas show. Serignese remembers going backstage to the green room after the show and being offered two Qaaludes from Cosby, who identified the pills and told her to take them.

“My next memory is I felt high,” she told People. “I don’t remember what happened in the meantime. Then my next memory is being in that vanity room, by that big mirror, and he didn’t have any clothes on, and obviously I didn’t either by that point. I don’t know how they got off. I don’t have that memory.

“I was just like bent over, and he was saying all kinds of dirty stuff. I felt powerless, I didn’t know what to do, and the drugs certainly enhanced that. That’s what I remember—having sex with him, not wanting to be there, not knowing how to get out of there.”

From there, Serignese says she continued to see Cosby after their first meeting and even asked him for money. Reportedly encouraged by her mother to call Cosby, Serignese continued to receive show tickets and invitations to stay overnight with the comedian. It wasn’t until Serignese told Cosby that she thought she was pregnant that she says she was “sent away.”

Year later, Serignese was struggling financially when Cosby offered her $500 for every “A” she received in her college nursing courses, something he followed through on after their last conversation when he sent her $10,000.

Serignese also claims she was Jane Doe No. 10 in a 2006 civil suit against Cosby that was settled out of court. And now? She wants an apology.

“He has to have a conscience. Internally I think he’s thinking about what he did all of his life. And internally I think he probably does feel bad. Is that enough for me? Yeah—that, and an apology.”

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