3 Bill Cosby accusers step forward, demand USD 100 million

Famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred addressed embattled comedian Bill Cosby's scandal along with his three accusers at a press conference in Los Angeles.

PTI| Updated: Dec 04, 2014, 12:35 PM IST
3 Bill Cosby accusers step forward, demand USD 100 million

New York: Famed feminist lawyer Gloria Allred addressed embattled comedian Bill Cosby's scandal along with his three accusers at a press conference in Los Angeles.

The three women who joined Gloria were Beth Ferrier, who was first publicly identified in 2005 as Jane Doe number 5 in Andrea Constand's suit against Cosby, and two new accusers, Helen Hayes and Chelan.

Gloria asked Cosby, 77, to either waive the statutes of limitation on all allegations brought by more than 20 women against him so that the women could present their evidence and he could present his defence, or prepare a USD 100 million account for his accusers and let a panel of retired judges determine the truth about the allegations, reported Huffington Post.

During the press conference, Beth, who was an aspiring model and actress in the 1980s, said she met Cosby through her talent agent. They allegedly had an extramarital affair for several months. One night at Cosby's performance in Denver, Beth claimed she lost consciousness after drinking coffee given by the comedian.

"The next thing I knew, hours passed and I woke up in the back of my car alone. My clothes were a mess. My car was in the alleyway behind the venue. I felt disoriented. I had no idea what happened to me," she shared.

Helen claimed she met Cosby at Clint Eastwood's Celebrity Tennis Tournament in Pebble Beach, California in 1973. She said Bill followed her and two friends "all day," before adding, "We felt we were safe. But then when he found us in the last restaurant he approached me from behind... His behaviour was like that of a predator."

Chelan, meanwhile, said she met Cosby when she was 17 and an aspiring model who worked at the Las Vegas Hilton. Cosby allegedly gave her a blue pill to "help with a cold."

She said she later blacked out and "13 to 16 hours later I woke up by hearing Mr Cosby clapping his hands and saying, 'Daddy says wake up.' He gave me USD 1,500."