Three more Bill Cosby accusers come forward at press conference
Three more women came forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault in a press conference on Wednesday held by attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles.
Helen Hayes, Beth Ferrier and Chelan emotionally recalled their sexual encounters with Cosby, describing his actions as predatory. According to Variety, neither Hayes nor Chelan had come forward with their allegations before, while Ferrier was listed as Jane Doe No. 5 in Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against the comedian.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hayes said that after she met Cosby in 1973 at Clint Eastwood’s Celebrity Tennis Tournament he grabbed her breast. “His behavior was like that of a predator,” she said, according to multiple reports.
Ferrier said she was an aspiring model when she started having an affair with Cosby in the 80s. One night, she said, Cosby gave her coffee and she lost consciousness, according to THR. “The next thing I knew, hours passed and I woke up in the back of my car alone,” she said, according to THR. “My clothes were a mess; my bra was undone. My car was in the alleyway behind the venue. I felt disoriented. I had no idea what happened to me.”
According to Variety, Chelan said she was 17 years old, working at the Las Vegas Hilton, when she met Cosby and he gave her a blue pill. She said she then passed out in bed with Cosby, and when she woke up he had left $1,500 on the bed.
Ferrier also said that she saw a story about her 2005 lawsuit in the National Enquirer. She said she contacted the publication to tell her own story, and they made her take a lie detector test before telling it, according to THR. But the Enquirer chose not to run her story, and instead ran an interview with Cosby in which he denied the allegations in the lawsuit.
According to reports, Allred pressed Cosby to waive the statute of limitations and address the accusations in trial or place $100 million into a fund that would go to victims who come forward with sexual assault claims.