Two more women accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct

Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:36pm EDT
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By Katie Reilly

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two more women accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct on Friday, and their attorney Gloria Allred said she has been contacted by even more women who are prepared to say the same.

The two women join more than 50 who have come forward to accuse the veteran television star of sexual misconduct and assault dating back to the 1960s.

One of the women, who identified herself only as Dottye, said Cosby drugged and raped her when she visited him in a New York City apartment to audition for "The Cosby Show" in 1984. She said she was 30 at the time.

She held up a black cast jacket with "The Cosby Show" emblazoned on the back and "Dottye" embroidered on the front, a gift she received while later visiting the studio.

"I want people to know, I did not go to the police because at that time, I thought somehow I had let him do what he did," she said.

"I didn't protest and I was too embarrassed to tell anyone of this shame I felt. Anyway, he was Bill Cosby. Who would believe me?" she said.

The other woman, Donna Barrett, said she was taking a photo with teammates following a track meet at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 when Cosby grabbed her from behind and forcefully pressed her with his body.

Lawyers for Cosby, 78, declined to comment on Friday. Cosby has denied previous allegations and has never been criminally charged.   Continued...

Attorney Gloria Allred (C) stands with two women who have accused actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct as they appear at a news conference in New York, October 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar