It's sad that we keep adding to this already extremely long list of alleged sexual assault victims. In an interview with CNN, former model Heidi Thomas has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1984. Even though her story is horrifying, just like the many other women who have stepped forward accusing the comedian, Thomas no longer letting that prevent her from telling the world how she feels.
Thomas has one question for Cosby, and it's as follows: "Look me in the eyes. Do you remember me? Do you remember me?" She's kept the reported assault secret for 30 years, but now Thomas wants to be heard. Back in the'80s, Thomas was an aspiring model, then known as Heidi Johnson, who met Cosby in Las Vegas after an agent told her that Cosby wanted to work with her and would coach her from his hotel suite.
However, when Thomas arrived in Vegas, a driver took her to Cosby's friend's home, because he didn't have to deal with paparazzi there. Cosby began his coaching, which reportedly involved telling Thomas to act drunk. She then says he gave her a glass of wine that made her "foggy." Later on, Thomas says she woke up in bed with the comedian "forcing himself in [her] mouth." He even reportedly said to her, "I'm your friend ... your friend is gonna (ejaculate) again." However, she left before he could have intercourse with her.
After so many years, Thomas is now coming forward, because she realized her mother knew something happened during that trip to Vegas. "I finally find out that she knows, that dad knows, that they are supporting me if I want to go public...Then it became full steam ahead, I want to empower people," Thomas said. "I was beginning to think though... that whole keeping-your-silence is a form of acceptance. It's not supporting the women who are coming forward. It's not helping ... and if enough people make enough of a fuss, maybe we can get a culture that starts to listen."
As for the allegations themselves, Cosby’s statement via his lawyer remains the same: “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.”
Images: Getty Images