Chelsea Handler Says She Narrowly Escaped Becoming A Bill Cosby Rape Victim, Recounts Incident In ‘Esquire’ Interview

On top of the various sexual assault allegations, comedian Bill Cosby is now facing accusations from Chelsea Handler, who claims that she narrowly escaped becoming another of his alleged rape victims.

In an interview with Nick Offerman for the April issue of Esquire, Handler related a “weird” experience that occurred in Atlantic City 10 years ago.

“I was in Atlantic City playing, doing standup, and he was doing standup in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o’clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, ‘Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.’ And I thought, ‘That’s really weird.’ This was like 10 years ago,” she shared.

The comedienne was stunned because she didn’t personally know Cosby. She did not turn down his offer but resolved not to go alone. Luckily, she had companions who went up with her to the comedian’s room.

“So the three guys I was with – thank God these guys were with me. One was filming and one was like a producer; we were filming something – I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know that would’ve happened if I went up there alone,” Handler said.

She said that she had already forgotten about that night but her memory was jolted when stories about Cosby circulated in the media. She also shared how one of her friends recently texted her asking, “Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby’s and you were so freaked out you made us come with you?”

Handler replied the affirmative and her friend responded, “Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.”

At one point in their interview, Scott Raab expressed pity for the 77-year-old comedian, who is now experiencing an unfortunate downfall in his career. Raab called Cosby a “poor guy” but Handler did not take this sentiment kindly.

“Not poor guy,” she retorted. “He tried to Cosby me.”

Although Cosby has not been charged with any crime, his career has suffered gravely. The Cosby Show was pulled from reruns and his upcoming show on NBC was scrapped. He continues to take on standup acts but some venues have also trashed his gigs.

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