On Tuesday, former model Heidi Thomas joined a growing list of women who are accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and sexual assault. The former model and actress came forward with allegations that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1984.
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Heidi Thomas shared graphic details of the alleged sexual assault she claims to have suffered at the hands of Bill Cosby in 1984 during a four-day trip with the comedian.
According to the former model, who was 24 at the time, her agent instructed her to meet up with the Cosby in Reno because he agreed to mentor her, as she was trying to get her career off the ground. Thomas flew to Reno and was picked up by a limousine and taken to a home outside of Reno, where she was met by Cosby. The two soon began their first mentoring session.
Ms. Thomas claims after she performed a monologue, Cosby asked her to do a read of an intoxicated person. The aspiring actress says she was not a drinker, so her first read did not satisfy Cosby. She says her new mentor then asked, “How are you ever going to play an intoxicated person if you’ve never been drunk?” This is when, she claims, he gave her some Chablis and things began to get “foggy.”
Thomas alleges the next thing she knew, she woke up and Bill Cosby was naked, next to her in bed and “forcing himself” in her mouth. Soon after, she alleges Cosby climbed on top of her and began referring to himself in the third person, “I’m your friend… your friend is gonna (ejaculate) again.”
Heidi Thomas told CNN the rest of her memory is “spotty” as to the rest of the four-day trip with Cosby, although she does remember storming out of the room after the alleged assault and later apologizing to the comedian for “being rude.”
The new accuser says she is coming forward now with her 30-year-old secret in order to show support to the other Cosby accusers.
“I was beginning to think though… that whole keeping-your-silence is a form of acceptance. It’s not supporting the women who are coming forward. It’s not helping… and if enough people make enough of a fuss, maybe we can get a culture that starts to listen.”
Thomas joins more than 20 women who have come forward since late last year to make drugging and sexual assault allegations against The Cosby Show dad. Although Bill Cosby has not faced criminal charges, three of the accusers have initiated civil lawsuits against the comedian. According to ABC News, his attorneys said Tuesday they are seeking a dismissal of the defamation suits against Cosby.
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