LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Three women came forward for the first time on Wednesday to accuse Billy Cosby of victimizing them.
The women shared their allegations against Cosby during a news conference alongside attorney Gloria Allred.
KCAL9’s Amy Johnson attended the news conference.
One of the victims, Colleen Hughes recalled she met Cosby while working as a flight attendant heading to L.A. in the 70s.
“He flirted with me the entire flight,” says Hughes.
According to Hughes, the comedian offered to take her to a nice lunch in Beverly Hills at the Miramar Hotel, now known as the Fairmont. After arriving to the hotel, she took a shower in Cosby’s hotel room while he watched television. She exited the bathroom fully dressed and shared a glass of champagne with the comedian. She said he also drank champagne from her shoe.
Hours later, Hughes said she found herself waking up in a confused state and realized she had been sexually assaulted.
“My clothes were thrown all over the room. I was confused and ashamed and never told anyone about what happened to me,” Hughes said.
Allred said the two other victims were actresses who appeared in feature films or television and theater.
Linda Ridgeway Whitedear was an actress in the 1970’s and says Cosby used the guise of interviewing her in the director’s office to make his advances. She claims he blocked the door then forced her to perform a sexual act.
“He took out a Kleenex to try to wipe off my face. I was bordering between vomiting and passing out,” she said.
She says she was afraid to report the assault because her then husband was an executive with a top agency that represented Cosby.
Unlike some of his other accusers, Linda said she was not drugged during the assault.
The third accuser, Eden Tirl, was a model and actress who appeared on “The Cosby Show” in the 80’s.
“I knew that I had been sexually harassed. I knew I should say something, yet I had tried to get help while working on the show. If I got no help there, it felt hopeless to get it outside the show. Bill Cosby was untouchable.”
Cosby, 78, has been accused by nearly 50 women of sexual misconduct.
A deposition from 2005 that was partly unsealed recently quoted Cosby as saying he used sedative drugs as part of consensual sex.
Cosby has been ordered to give a sworn deposition in court on Oct. 9 in a lawsuit filed by Judith Hill, one of the many women who claims she was sexually assaulted by the comedian.
His attorney’s have denied any wrongdoing on his part.
Allred praised her clients for coming forward.
“I give credit to all of the women who’ve spoken out. We are not done. These are not the last three to come forward. I guarantee you that,” Allred said.