Three more women say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Thu Apr 23, 2015 7:53pm EDT
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By Dana Feldman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Three more women on Thursday accused Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them decades ago, as the veteran comedian gets ready for the final show in his U.S. comedy tour.

Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate and Autumn Burns said at a press conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred that Cosby, 77, drugged and sexually assaulted them in separate incidents between 1970 and 1982.

They join more than three dozen women, many of whom are represented by Allred, who have made similar accusations in public over the past year.

Kinney said she met Cosby with a friend in May 1982, when she was 24, while working at Harrah's in Reno, Nevada. She said she visited Cosby's residence with her friend, where he gave her some pills. She said she later woke up naked, in bed with the comedian, and he told her to keep their encounter to themselves.

"I was mortified at what had happened," Kinney said. "All this time, and for many, many years, I felt that this was my fault."

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

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

Burns said she met Cosby in 1970 at a Las Vegas casino in which she worked when she was 20 years old.   Continued...

(L-R) Autumn Burns, Janice Baker Kinney, and Marcella Tate attend a news conference announcing more allegations against comedian Bill Cosby in Los Angeles, California April 23, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn