Another woman is accusing Bill Cosby of past sexual misconduct, making the growing list of accusers more than 30 so far. The latest alleged victim to speak out is former model and actress Helen Gumpel, who claims the comedian shoved his genitals in her face, among other things.
Jezebel reports that the woman was allegedly lured under the guise of getting a role on The Cosby Show in 1987. The details of Gumpel’s story aren’t entirely similar to the incidents reported by the several other women, but her story still goes down as another example of alleged long-term misconduct against young women who were all looking forward to acting and modeling careers.
Gumpel, who was known back in the 80s as Helen Selby, appeared in on episode of the popular sitcom in 1988 — an episode which was filmed in 1987. The Republican American reports that Gumpel held a news conference in downtown Boston to come forward with her allegations against the comedian. She held the press conference just hours after Cosby canceled appearances for that evening.
“I never thought of myself as a victim because I refused his advances, but my career was a victim.”
Helen Gumpel says that she was called to the set of The Cosby Show for what she believed was going to be a follow-up audition, as she had already filmed an episode and appeared on one episode of the hit show. Instead, she claims that Bill Cosby offered her a drink and then stood up with his crotch in front of her face. The former fashion model said that she rebuffed his advances, but she believes her career suffered as a result of this. Even though the details of her encounter with Cosby don’t involve being drugged and allegedly molested like many of the other women, the common accusation they all share is the belief that their careers suffered — as if the comedian had somehow had them blacklisted in the entertainment industry.
More than 30 women have come forward with allegations of being drugged and/or sexually abused by Bill Cosby, yet Americans remain divided on whether or not they believe that America’s Dad would have done such unspeakably perverse things to women who trusted him as a sort of authority figure in the business. Meanwhile, he continues to cancel appearances, but has been blaming the show cancellations on bad weather. Bad weather may have stopped him from performing for at least two sets on Sunday, but it was not going to stop a reported 300 women from protesting him — nor did it stop Helen Gumpel from coming forward as another alleged victim.
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