Three more women came forward in Los Angeles Wednesday, claiming they were sexually assaulted or harassed by comedian Bill Cosby.
Two of the women — Eden Tirl and Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer — are actresses. Tirl even appeared on an episode of “The Cosby Show.” The third woman, Colleen Hughes, is a former American Airlines flight attendant.
Speaking at the office of their attorney, Gloria Allred, the women described their encounters with the comedian, who has been accused by more than 40 women of sexual assault, with many saying they were drugged.
Ridgeway said she was not drugged, but Cosby assaulted her in 1971 while she was waiting for a job interview, forcing her to perform a sex act on him.
“His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side,” she said.
Hughes said she met Cosby while working as a flight attendant on a Los Angeles-bound flight, and he took her to lunch in Beverly Hills. She said Cosby gave her some champagne in a hotel room, and she woke up hours later and realized she had been assaulted.
“I lived my whole life with a terrible secret about what Bill Cosby did to me,” Hughes said. “I never told anyone.”
Tirl said Cosby repeatedly harassed her while making an appearance on “The Cosby Show.” She said he repeatedly grabbed and hugged her in an intimidating manner on and around the set.
Cosby, 78, has denied any wrongdoing against any of the nearly 50 women who have publicly accused him. Allred represents nearly two dozen of them.
The comedian has been ordered to give a deposition Oct. 9 in connection with a lawsuit filed by another of Allred’s clients, Judy Huth, who claims Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old.
—City News Service