Bill Cosby Accused of Sexual Assault By 2 More Women, But Lawyers Decline Response to New Claims
It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep count of the number of women who are bringing allegations of sexual abuse against Bill Cosby, actor, comedian, and beloved TV father, in wake of the public's backlash against the 77-year-old. After comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist in a stand-up routine that went viral and horrified the world — largely with the fact that these allegations have been public since the early '00s without gaining any traction among the general populace — victims new and old have been coming forward with their claims while they still have the public's ear. Now two more women have come forward with their horrifying stories, former Playboy model Victoria Valentino and former Picture Pages cast member Renita Chaney Hill.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Valentino told her story to The Washington Post on Friday and the narrative follows the same M.O. that has been covered by all of the other accusers:
He was trying to cheer me up, and he stuck a pill in my mouth. He said, 'This will make us all feel better.' ...[After she and a friend were brought to an apartment instead of their homes] I reached out, grabbing him, trying to get his attention, trying to distract him. He came over to me and sat down on the love seat and opened his fly and grabbed my head and pushed my head down. And then he turned me over. It was like a waking nightmare.
Valentino claims that she didn't go to the police because she "didn't feel she had any credibility," but she did share her story with fellow Playmate Francesca Emerson, who had introduced Valentino to Cosby to begin with. She also says that she shared her story with Playmate Charlotte Kemp, for Kemp's upcoming book due out in February. Cosby's lawyers declined to respond to this new allegation.
Hill was a former cast member on a children's show known as Picture Pages, which was hosted by Cosby. Last Thursday, she shared her own tale with a CBS news station, claiming that Cosby had flown her to various cities and had given her many drinks when she saw him at night that she now believed may have been drugged.
One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn't like it. I remember another time when I woke up in my bed the next day and he was leaving. He mentioned you should probably lose a little weight. I thought that odd, how would he know that? ...It just felt weird to me, and I remember being in high school saying to him, ‘I'll come see you, but I don't want to drink because it makes me feel funny.' And he would tell me that if I didn't drink, I couldn't come see him.
According to The Wrap, by the time Hill was 19 years old, Cosby was paying her college tuition and "her family saw him as a father-figure in her life," but she still decided to cut off contact with him and give up her dreams of acting. These horrific stories continue to build a mounting narrative against the image of the beloved father figure that Cosby has been considered to this point in the public eye, due to his body of work on shows like The Cosby Show and his comedy routines. However, the actor continues to decline the opportunity to make any real response to the allegations. At present, his lawyers continue to point to their official statement as the only response they, or Cosby, should need to make.
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.