At a press conference on Thursday, attorney Gloria Allred introduced two more women to the American public who are accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault. With their allegations, the total number of Cosby’s alleged victims is now over 50.
These women — a former flight attendant who identified herself only by her first name, Elizabeth, and a former aspiring actress, Charlotte Fox — were joined by Sarita Butterfield, a former Playboy model.
Elizabeth spoke first, reading from a prepared statement in which she detailed her experience of going to a Japanese restaurant with Cosby, where he insisted she drink from his sake:
All I know is that it was the most horrifying thing that could happen to any young woman. The next thing I remember is I was in the Rolls-Royce profusely vomiting. I remember the driver saying, ‘You’re not the first.’…I’ve lived with the shame and the guilt of thinking it was somehow my fault, but it wasn’t. Because if I hadn’t been drugged, I would have never ended up in a hotel with him and he knew that.
Fox met Cosby in the 1970s, when she was an extra on Uptown Saturday Night. At the conference, she described feeling sick and waking up naked. Cosby was with her, wearing a robe.
It was not consensual. I was afraid to call out. When I heard the other women [who accused Cosby of rape], I said ‘Oh God, that is what happened to me.’
Butterfield also read from a statement about how Cosby assaulted her on Christmas Eve, reminding listeners that Cosby “continued to pursue after that incident as if nothing had happened,” even volunteering to pay her tuition.
Their allegations are coming just over a week after three women — former actress Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, former American Airlines flight attendant Colleen Hughes, and actress Eden Tirl — stood alongside Allred to go public with their accusations against Cosby. Those women stood next to an empty chair, a callback to the striking symbolism on the New York Magazine cover story that featured over 30 Cosby accusers, with a space for all the women who had yet to speak out against the star.
Allred represents about half of the Cosby accusers. One of her clients, Judy Huth, alleges Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. Cosby is still slated to give a deposition this October for Huth’s case.