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Three women accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault in press conference

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Less than a month after 35 women came forward for a New York Magazine cover story about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, three more women have accused the comedian of abuse.

In a press conference held on Wednesday, a former stewardess for American Airlines named Colleen Hughes said she met Cosby on a flight in the ’70s and took him up on an offer to grab lunch in Los Angeles. Hughes alleged that Cosby first went with her to her hotel room where she wanted to take a shower and change, and poured her some champagne. She said she does not remember what happened after drinking the champagne, and woke up hours later with “semen on the small of [her] back.” When she saw him again on another flight a year later, he allegedly asked if she was going to report him. “You are Bill Cosby,” she said she told him. “Who’s going to believe me?”

Two other women at the press conference — Eden Tirl, who appeared on The Cosby Show, and Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer — also claimed Cosby assaulted them, USA Today reports. 

Cosby is scheduled to answer questions under oath on Oct. 9 about his alleged abuse of a 15-year-old girl in 1974.

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