Accompanied by three of the more than a dozen women who have come forward in recent weeks to claim Bill Cosby drugged and raped them in decades past, attorney Gloria Allred Wednesday offered two proposals to the embattled comedian.
One was to have him voluntarily waive his statute of limitations rights for six months in order for both him and his victims, in a single suit, to have their day in court. The other was for him to place $100 million into a fund and have a panel of retired judges serve as arbiters of women's claims.
Beth Ferrier, the first of the three women to read her statement, said she was Jane Doe #5 in a 2006 lawsuit settled out of court. She recalled being given a cappuccino, allegedly drugged, after a Cosby show in Denver, and awakening in her car with her clothes disheveled.
A second woman, Helen Hayes, alleged Cosby followed her and a friend during a 1973 golf tournament, and eventually fondled her breast in a restaurant. The third woman, identified only as Chelan, said she was a high-school student working in Las Vegas to whom Cosby allegedly gave an "antihistamine," after which she blacked out until coming to in a state of disarray.
Meanwhile, Cosby tweeted brief messages of thanks Tuesday and Wednesday to comedian Whoopi Goldberg and singer-actress Jill Scott, who have expressed their support for him. Late yesterday afternoon, the Tarrytown Music Hall in Westchetser tweeted that Cosby, "in consultation with the promoter, has agreed to postpone his Music Hall performances to a later date."