Another trio of women came forward in Los Angeles Wednesday alleging sexual misconduct by comedian Bill Cosby.
One of the women, former Mrs. America Lisa Christie, claims the comedian lured her into a Chicago hotel room in 1989 on the pretense of giving her an audition for his movie “Ghost Dad.” She said Cosby then tried to kiss her, prompting her to push him away.
Cosby told her, “Well, you’re never going to make it in this business unless you sleep with me,” according to Christie, who spoke with the other two women at the office of their attorney, Gloria Allred.
“And I responded, shame on you, mister father figure of America,” Christie said. “Your kids are older than I am.”
Christie said that was as far as the encounter went — far short of the drugging and sexual assaults other women have accused Cosby of carrying out.
Another woman, Pamela Abeyta, said she met Cosby in 1979 in Las Vegas when she was 25, and met him to discuss a chance to appear in Playboy magazine. She said Cosby took her to a dinner show, and at some point she blacked out, awakening later naked in Cosby’s room, along with two other naked women.
She said she kept the encounter to herself for so long “because I believed it was my fault for putting myself in that position, and it took me many months to come forward because I was ashamed and it might cause shame to my family.”
“But then I realized I am a victim and how much this has bothered me all these years,” she said.
A third woman, Sharon Van Ert, said she met Cosby in 1976 while working as a waitress at a Redondo Beach jazz club. She said he walked her to her car one night after she had a few drinks, then he tried to assault her.
“I knew I was drugged because I threw up and I never threw up or drank too much,” she said.
She said she realized when she got home that her underwear was missing.
Cosby’s attorneys have denied any wrongdoing by the now-78-year-old comedian. He is facing a variety of lawsuits, and is scheduled to be deposed in connection with a suit filed by Allred on behalf of Judy Huth, who claims the comedian assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974.
— Wire reports