Attorney Gloria Allred knows how to hold a news conference. She calls, we (the media) come, eager for every salacious detail, as she represents some 21 women who claim defrocked comic legend Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them, going back to the late '60s and early '70s.
"Represents'' is a potentially misleading term though, since she actually only has one lawsuit moving forward, allegations of a sexual assault at the Playboy mansion. Still, you have to admire Allred for inspiring the confidence in women to confide in her and air their x-rated allegations publicly, as happened today in the packed 15th floor conference room of Allred's Wilshire Boulevard offices.
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Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, who was an actress, says Cosby forced himself on her ''with surgical precision" circa 1971. "When Cosby was done, there was a horrible mess of semen all over my face, my clothes and in my hair. I was a bordering between vomiting and passing out."
Another woman, who came in with a walker and a service dog, said when she was a flight attendant in the '70s she met Cosby at a hotel, woke up after a period of time after apparently passing out, and "felt semen on the small of my back and all over me.''
A third woman, Eden Tirl, now a Los Angeles teacher, says Cosby sexually and physically harassed her while she was an actress on his old TV show. Cosby, through multiple attorneys and PR types, has always said any sex was consensual, even as he acknowledged getting quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with. Almost 50 women have now come forward to say otherwise.
As Allred says, ''draw your own conclusions." She's scheduled to depose Cosby October 9th for the lawsuit involving one of her clients.