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Face charges in court, lawyer urges Cosby

MORE VICTIMS? Ms Allred (in blue) - seen here with alleged victims (from left) Hayes, Chelan and Ferrier -


    Dec 05, 2014

    Face charges in court, lawyer urges Cosby


    THREE more women have come forward claiming that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them, as a lawyer challenged the veteran comic to let himself face legal action over decades-old alleged attacks.

    The women appeared in tears at a Wednesday press conference called by attorney Gloria Allred, who urged Cosby to waive his right under the statute of limitations, which limits how long after the fact lawsuits can be filed.

    Alternatively, Cosby should set up a US$100 million (S$131 million) fund for his alleged victims, Ms Allred said.

    One of the three victims, Beth Ferrier, told how she had an extramarital affair with Cosby in the 1980s. Then, a few weeks after she ended the relationship, he invited her to a show.

    She drank a coffee he offered her and began to feel "dizzy", she said.

    "The next thing I knew, hours had passed. I woke up in the back of my car, alone, my clothes were a mess, my bra was undone and my car was in the alleyway behind the venue," she said.

    Later, having regained her senses, she went to confront him. Cosby said she had had too much to drink, but she denied drinking any alcohol.

    "I believe Mr Cosby drugged me and sexually assaulted me that night," she said.

    Another woman, Helen Hayes, said she met Cosby while attending a celebrity tennis tournament in California in 1973. At one point, he approached her from behind and grabbed her breast, she said.

    "His behaviour was like that of a predator," she added.

    A third alleged victim, identified as Chelan, said she met Cosby when she was 17. She was working at a hotel in Las Vegas, and Cosby called her to his room and said he would introduce her to a modelling agent.

    He then proceeded to molest her.

    Ms Allred challenged Cosby "to end this nightmare" by waiving the statute of limitations for rape charges.

    He then "would have an opportunity to address these allegations in a court of law, and the victims and Mr Cosby would have an opportunity to have a judge and a jury to decide who should be believed", she said.

    She also made an alternative proposal: If Cosby refuses to waive his statute of limitation rights, he should set up a US$100 million fund for his alleged victims, and let a panel of retired judges determine the truth, or otherwise, of their claims.

    The lawyer - whose past clients have included the family of O. J. Simpson's slain former wife Nicole Brown Simpson, and Spice Girls singer Mel B - said she has not been in touch with Cosby or his attorneys.

    More than 20 women have now accused the 77-year-old Emmy and Golden Globe winner of sexual assault and even rape in alleged incidents, most of which go back decades.