Actresses Eden Tirl and Linda Ridgeway were joined by former flight attendant Colleen Hughes at a news conference today, where they added their voices to the growing number of women to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, many of whom told their stories to New York magazine.
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Ridgeway, who appeared in the 1972 Charles Bronson action flick The Mechanic, claimed she was attacked by Cosby in 1971 when he offered to give her advice about her acting career, reports The New York Daily News.
“His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side,” Ridgeway said at a news conference organized by attorney Gloria Allred. “I couldn’t breathe. I was in shock,” she added, saying the star forced her to perform oral sex on him, an act that made her feel like “a small animal that had been hit by a car.”
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Hughes, an American Airlines flight attendant, recalled drinking a glass of champagne offered by Cosby and then blacking out, waking up several hours later to find semen on her back. “I was confused and ashamed and never told anyone about what happened to me,” she said.
Allred also represents Judith Huth, who claims in a civil lawsuit that Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was only 15. Cosby has been ordered to appear at at a deposition for Huth’s suit on October 9.
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