Three new women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, bringing his total number of alleged victims to 38.
Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate, and Autumn Burns held a media briefing on Thursday morning in Los Angeles, California, to make known their claims.
Their lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents most of Cosby’s accusers, said the event was timed deliberately to damage sales for the comedian’s upcoming shows on his nationwide tour.
Kinney said she was 24 in May 1982 when she and a friend met Cosby at the casino where she worked in Reno, Nevada.
She said the three of them went back to Cosby’s apartment, where he gave her some pills.
Hours later, she claims, she woke up naked in bed with the comedian – and he told her to keep their encounter to themselves.
‘I was mortified at what had happened,’ Kinney said. ‘All this time, and for many, many years, I felt that this was my fault.’
Burns said she was a 20-year-old Las Vegas casino worker in 1970 when she met Cosby.
She said she was invited to his suite where he made her a drink, leaving her feeling ‘woozy and not in control.’ She said the comedian then forced her into sex acts.
Tate said she met Cosby in Chicago in 1975, when she was a 27-year-old model. She said he asked her to take him to the Playboy Mansion, where he offered her a drink that left her feeling drugged.
The allegations have led to cancellations of a number of stops on his live Far From Finished comedy tour.
Allred said her Thursday conference was held purposely held before Cosby’s May 2 Atlanta show.
‘I hope that the public will not buy tickets to his performance and that there will be many empty seats by the end of his performance,’ Allred said.
Cosby, best known for his America’s Dad character Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated Cosby Show, has never been charged over any of the allegations. He settled a 2005 civil lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct.
Cosby’s lawyer, Marty Singer has previously dismissed similar allegations made by other women as ‘discredited’ and ‘defamatory.’