Two new accusers say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Fri Mar 27, 2015 6:28pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two more women came forward on Friday accusing veteran comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens.

Sunni Welles and Margie Shapiro joined the more than three dozen women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault, reading statements alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.

Welles said she was a 17-year-old aspiring singer at the time of her encounter with Cosby, which took place in the mid-1960s in Hollywood after a visit to a jazz club.

"He was a star. He was Bill Cosby and I buried it in my memory until all of these brave women began to come forward," said Welles, who sobbed during her statement.

Best known for his "America's Dad" persona Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the top-rated "Cosby Show," Cosby has never been charged over any of the allegations. He settled a 2005 civil suit alleging sexual misconduct.

Representatives for Cosby did not respond to requests for comment on Friday. Cosby's attorney Marty Singer has dismissed similar allegations made by other women as "discredited" and "defamatory."

The allegations have scuttled Cosby's television projects and led to cancellations of numerous comedy performances, although he continues with his "Far From Finished" tour.

Shapiro said she was 19 and working at a donut shop in Santa Monica, California, in November 1975 when she met Cosby, who drove her to his place, where she took a box of matches with his name on it as a souvenir.

He later drove her to Hugh Hefner's Playboy mansion, where she said she took a pill after losing a bet with Cosby, and woke up to him sexually assaulting her.   Continued...

 
Sunni Welles and attorney Gloria Allred (C) hug as Margie Shapiro (R) looks on during a news conference to allege that Welles and Shapiro believe that they were drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, in Los Angeles, California March 27, 2015.  REUTERS/David McNew