More women detail sex abuse claims against Bill Cosby

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Three women on Wednesday came together and detailed allegations that

comedian Bill Cosby sexually abused and groped them decades ago, a day

after Cosby was sued by a woman who said he molested her when she was

a teenager in 1974.

More than a dozen women have publicly accused the comedian of sexual

abuse as far back as the 1960s as the allegations have scuttled

Cosby's television projects and led to cancellations of numerous

comedy performances, including two gigs in suburban New York that were

scheduled for Saturday.

The women, one who says she was 17 at the time of her encounter with

Cosby, each sobbed while reading statements at a news conference

organized by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who is known for her

aggressive posture on women's issues.

"For years, I did not tell anyone about what he had done to me because

I was afraid," said Beth Ferrier, who claims to have had an affair

with Cosby in the mid-1980s. "I felt threatened by him, and I did not

think anyone would believe me."

Allred proposed the trailblazing African-American comedian should

waive the statute of limitations that protects him from decades-old

allegations or create a $100 million fund to pay damages to accusers.

Cosby's attorney has called allegations against Cosby discredited and

defamatory and was not immediately available for comment. Cosby has

not been charged with any crimes.

A woman who gave her name only as Chelan said that as a 17-year-old in

1986, Cosby drugged her, gave her alcohol and began to fondle her

before she blacked out.

Ferrier said she was one of the several "Jane Does" in a 2005 civil

lawsuit that made similar accusations against Cosby and was later


Another woman, Helen Hayes, accused Cosby of groping her breast at a

restaurant in 1973.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by Judy Huth, a California woman who

accused Cosby of sexually battery when she was 15 at the Playboy

Mansion in Los Angeles in 1974, is the first legal challenge to "The

Cosby Show" star since the wave of allegations began last month.

Huth's lawsuit uses a portion of California law that permits lawsuits

up to three years after childhood sex abuse is "discovered" to have

caused damages, no matter the plaintiff's age, a hurdle legal experts

say will be difficult to clear.

Credit: Reuters

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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