3 More Women Accuse Bill Cosby Of Sexual Assault During Press Conference With Gloria Allred
During a Wednesday press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, three more women accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. The women, former Mrs. America Lisa Christie, Sharon Van Ert, an ex-cocktail waitress who knew Cosby from a jazz club he often frequented, and Pamela Abeyta, a retired chauffer who met the comedian through a friend in hopes of posing for Playboy, all shared their claims publicly.
Like many of Cosby's accusers in the past, all three women had very detailed stories to tell about their encounters with the Cosby Show star. Allred, who, according to The Los Angeles Times, represents 26 of the accusers who have come forward, said during the press conference,
Although it is too late for these three new accusers to take any legal action against Mr. Cosby because of the statute of limitations, these three courageous women want Mr. Cosby to be accountable for what they say was his misconduct towards them
These women join over 50 others, who have also accused the former star of The Cosby Show of sexual assault. Cosby has remained somewhat mum about the claims, but in November 2014, his lawyer gave a response to the accusations, which reads as follows:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
Months later, in July 2015, the Associated Press obtained a 2005 deposition showing Cosby admitting to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women with whom he wanted to have sex. His reps responded to the deposition being made public with the following statement: "The only reason Mr. Cosby settled [the case from which the deposition came] was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue. That would have been very hurtful."
Regarding a current civil case brought forward by accuser Judith Huth, who is also represented by Allred, Cosby will testify in court on Oct. 9, 2015, where he will be questioned under oath.