Two more women came forward at a press conference with Gloria Allred today to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. One of the women, Lili Bernard, is an actress who played Mrs. Minnifield during the last season of The Cosby Show. The other, Sammie Mays, says Cosby attacked her at a TV conference.
[Bernard] claimed that she was drugged, raped and threatened by Cosby while he was mentoring her in preparation for her appearance as “the zany and very pregnant Mrs. Minifield.” According to Bernard, Cosby was initially comforting and welcoming to her, complimenting her on her various skills.
“After he had won my complete trust and adoration he drugged me and raped me,” Bernard said in a statement Friday.
Bernard says she did not come forward before because the last time she saw him at the studio in 1992, he allegedly told her, “As far as I’m concerned, Bernard, you’re dead. Do you hear me? You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist, I never wanna see your face again. Now get the hell out of here!”
Mays says Cosby drugged her at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in New Orleans in the mid-1980s. She was a writer covering the event who agreed to an interview in Cosby’s hotel room. Per The Wrap:
Once in Cosby’s hotel suite, Mays says, Cosby mixed a drink for her with his back to her. After taking two big swigs, Mays claims, “The next thing I remember when I awoke, from my state of unconsciousness I seemed to have been drooling, and was sloppily slouched in the chair with barely the edge of my bottom in it.”
According to Mays, her shirt was unbuttoned and her bra was slid to the side, exposing her breasts, and her belt had been “unhooked and re-hooked, left loose around my hips.”
Bernard and Mays join more than 40 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault. Bernard reported her incident to the police this week, since there is no statute of limitations on sexual assault in New Jersey, where she says the rape took place.