Three women who say they were sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby appeared alongside attorney Gloria Allred at a packed Wednesday afternoon press conference in her Los Angeles office. They were just three of many who Allred said have contacted her.
“I have literally lost count” of the number of women, Allred said.
The three who attended the press conference were Helen Hayes, Beth Ferrier and “Chelan,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ferrier was one of the Jane Doe witnesses set to testify in Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against Cosby before it was settled in 2006. The other two women have never publicly revealed their accusations before.
Surrounded by dozens of TV cameras and radio microphones, Allred proposed a settlement that amounted to a similar method used by the Catholic church when settling accusations of priest molestations even though the statute of limitations had expired.
Chelan said she was 17-years-old and an aspiring model working at the Las Vegas Hilton when she met with Cosby and he gave her a blue pill. “I laid down. He laid down next to me on the bed and began pinching my left nipple and humping my leg while he was grunting,” she said.
Chelan said she blacked out, then “13 to 16 hours later I woke up by hearing Mr. Cosby clapping his hands and saying, ‘Daddy says wake up.’ He gave me $1,500.”
Ferrier broke down many times while telling her story. She said that in the 1980s she also was an aspiring model and actress who met Cosby through her then-agent, and she and Cosby had an extramarital affair for several months.
One night backstage at one of his performances in Denver, Ferrier said Cosby gave her coffee and she lost consciousness.
“The next thing I knew, hours passed and I woke up in the back of my car alone. My clothes were a mess; my bra was undone. My car was in the alleyway behind the venue. I felt disoriented. I had no idea what happened to me.”
Ferrier said she told her story to the National Enquirer, which asked that she take a lie detector test, which she passed. Instead of reporting her story, the Enquirer was given access to Cosby and it printed his interview, including denials of claims that he had molested women.
Hayes said that she met Cosby in 1973 at Clint Eastwood’s Celebrity Tennis Tournament in Pebble Beach, Calif. Cosby followed her and two friends “all day,” Hayes said. “We felt we were safe,” she said. “But then when he found us in the last restaurant he approached me from behind and reached over my shoulder and grabbed my right breast … His behavior was like that of a predator.”
Ferrier’s willingness to testify in Constand’s 2005 lawsuit against Cosby before it was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount helped set into motion a recent series of similar claims from the 13 women lined up to testify on her behalf, plus several others who claim Cosby assaulted them at various times since 1965.
Cosby has not publicly addressed any of the allegations, though he has canceled several tour dates in the face of mounting public criticism. His representatives and attorneys have denied previous allegations against him. Cosby resigned from Temple University’s board of directors on Monday. On Tuesday, a Riverside, Calif., woman filed a lawsuit against Cosby claiming he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, when she was 15 years old.
Watch footage from the press conference below: