At a Wednesday press conference in Los Angeles, three more women came forward to accuse Bill Cosby of assault while attorney Gloria Allred challenged the comedian to waive the statute of limitations and stand trial. Allred proposed that alternatively he could establish a $100 million fund to settle with the victims, with retired judges ruling on the awards.
“The ball is in his court,” Allred said.
Beth Ferrier, a Colorado resident, says she was an aspiring model in the 1980s when she had a relationship with Cosby. “He drugged me and sexually assaulted me,” she told the crowd at the press conference, explaining that he slipped drugs in her cappuccino after the relationship had ended. Ferrier was known as Jane Doe No. 5 in the earlier Andrea Constand lawsuit. “I want Mr. Cosby to face justice for what he has done to me and so many other women,” Ferrier said.
“His behavior was like that of a predator,” said the second accuser, Northern California resident Helen Hayes, describing how Cosby followed her and her friends around in 1973 and grabbed her breast.
The third, Chelan, was 17 years old at the time she met Cosby in 1986. He gave her a blue pill in a hotel room, she said, and she passed out while he was lying on a bed with her, giving her $1,500 after she woke up. Allred said that at this point they would not comment as to whether Chelan, a California resident, has already brought her case to law enforcement or whether she plans to go to law enforcement with the charges.
“Under no circumstances would I ever give advice to Cosby,” Allred said, but “I did make some proposals which I think he should consider seriously.”
“There are many people who are suffering out there,” she said, predicting that many more victims will continue to come forward.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But his office has previously released statements contending that the allegations are “an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards.”
At the press conference, each of the women fought back tears as they read statements. As Allred answered questions afterward, she embraced Chelan.
Ferrier claims that when Constand filed her lawsuit in 2005, she saw a story about it in the National Enquirer and contacted the publication to tell her story. She said they told her they would only publish her story if she took a lie detector test, which she says she did and she passed.
But the Enquirer did not run her interview and instead ran an exclusive interview with Cosby, in which he denied the allegations. “I have recently learned that Mr. Cosby admitted in his deposition in 2005 that he did not want the National Enquirer to publish my story because ‘it would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was telling the truth.'”
Allred said that her proposal would give alleged victims an opportunity to “have their allegations dealt with on the merits” and for Cosby to address the allegations “in a court of law and the victims and Mr. Cosby would have an opportunity to have a judge and jury decide who should be believed.”