Two more women stepped out of the shadows Thursday to join the growing list of dozens who have accused disgraced TV star Bill Cosby of sexual assault in the 1970s.
They bring to around 50 the number of women who claim abuse at the hands of the pioneering African-American comedian who played a beloved family doctor on hit 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
A former air stewardess, who did not give her real name, fought back tears to say Cosby drugged and assaulted her after taking her out for dinner and ordering a plate of lamb eyeballs.
“I will never forget it. A whole platter of eyeballs looking at me,” the striking woman with cropped hair told a news conference at a private members club in New York.
They met on an American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles when she asked Cosby for an autograph.
Cosby insisted she drink sake, the woman said, then she slipped into a “trancelike state” similar to “being under anesthesia.”
She recalled finding herself in Cosby’s hotel room.
“I could barely stand up and I was either going to pass out or get very sick,” she said.
“He made me kneel down. I don’t want to repeat what happened next. All I know is that is was the most horrifying thing that could happen to any young woman.”
She said she next remembers vomiting in his Rolls Royce.
“I apologized and the driver said I wasn’t the first,” said the woman, who used the pseudonym Elizabeth.
She was so ill that the captain made her take oxygen in the cockpit on the flight back to New York the next day.
– ‘It was not consensual’ –
Charlotte Fox said she was working as an extra on a film set when she met Cosby, who invited her out for the evening as part of a group that ended up at the Playboy Mansion.
“We ate and drank. I became ill,” she said. Fox said she remembers being in bed naked.
“I was incapacitated and couldn’t say no. He engaged in sexual activity with me. It was not consensual. I was afraid to call out. He left. I didn’t know where I was,” she said.
Attorney Gloria Allred is representing the women and other alleged victims.
In a small victory for the lawyer, a Los Angeles Supreme Court judge recently ordered the 78-year-old actor to testify under oath on October 9 in response to accusations from a woman who said he drugged and sexually abused her when she was a minor.
Cosby has gone from megastar into a pariah over allegations of sexual misconduct spanning four decades.
In a deposition in 2005, Cosby admitted that he used sedatives to lure at least one woman into having sex.
Neither of the new women to come forward can file lawsuits because of the statute of limitations.