Bill Cosby Rape Scandal: Three More Women Step Forward, Claim They Are Victims

Bill Cosby Rape Scandal: Three More Women Step Forward, Claim They Are Victims
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On Thursday, Gloria Allred introduced three clients who allege that Bill Cosby drugged and raped them decades ago.


Almost 40 women have come forward in the last few months and said they had been sexually assaulted by Cosby.

Allred, a women’s-rights attorney, represents 17 of these women. She introduced the most recent victims at her Los Angeles office.

Janice Baker Kinney, who worked at Harrah’s in Reno, Nevada, said she met Cosby in May 1982 when she was 24. She went to his house with a friend, and was offered pills by him. The next thing she remembered was waking up naked by his side on a bed. He told her to keep the incident to herself.

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Autumn Burns worked in Las Vegas in 1970 when she met the comedian. Upon going to his suite, she accepted a drink from him that made her “woozy and not in control.” He then forced himself on her sexually. She was 20 years old at the time.

Marcella Tate was 27 and a model in Chicago when she met Cosby in 1975. He requested her to take him to the Playboy Mansion, which she did. He then offered her a drink, which she claims was spiked.

“I would never have agreed to any sexual contact with Mr. Cosby but because I was barely conscious and felt drugged, I was unable to do anything to get out of it,” she said, according to USA Today.

On March 27 this year, Daily Mail reported that Margie Shapiro and Sunni Welles had come forward and accused Cosby of drugging and raping them.

Both were minors when they went out with Cosby one night. They woke up the next morning with the realization that they had been sexually assaulted by the comedian.

Martin Singer, Cosby’s attorney, had denied the accusations.

Cosby is currently on a comedy tour and is scheduled to perform on May 2 in Atlanta. Allred, who has tightened the screws on the case, said, “I hope the public will not buy tickets to his performance.”

According to Yahoo, Netflix delayed a show that was slated for a release late last year, and NBC put on hold a comedy it was developing with Cosby as a potential feature.

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