Every time we think we've reached the end to the steady stream of women who are coming forward to make their stories heard, more alleged victims come to light. Formerly beloved TV father Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting over 30 women over the course of his career, but no one truly paid attention to what these women had to say until 2014, when comedian Hannibal Buress joked that Cosby was a rapist during a stand-up comedy set that went viral. Now, two more alleged Cosby victims have come forward to accuse the comedian, according to the New York Daily News, and their story is horrific.
Both women remained anonymous within the article, but they are both slated to appear with Gloria Allred — a civil rights lawyer who has taken a particular interest in the Cosby case in recent months — in a press conference in New York on Friday. One is allegedly an actress, who claims that, "she was drugged, raped and threatened by Cosby while he helped her prepare for the role [in the final season of The Cosby Show]." No mention was made of the second woman's story, but perhaps the press conference will serve to expand upon both women's claims.
This press conference is set to come ahead of a protest that will occur in Atlanta, on what the Daily News reports is the final scheduled date of Cosby's comedy tour. Cosby has not spoken about the allegations in recent weeks, except to request that hecklers be removed from the various theaters in which he is performing or to request that fans ignore the protestors outside of those same locations. Otherwise, his official statement on the allegations, as given by 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.
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