Entertainment Tonight, Friday, May 15, 2015: Lili Bernard and Gloria Allred criticize Bill Cosby’s involvement with youth organizations in Selma Alabama which welcome him.
Nightline, ABC News, Exclusive: Bill Cosby Breaks Silence About Sexual Assault Allegations, Full Interview, May 15, 2015: Lili Bernard mentioned at 4:33 mark
Lili Bernard complete statements made at NYC and Atlanta press conferences:
Bill Cosby’s Accuser [Lili Bernard] and Gloria Allred Speak Out – Complete Statements
Lili Bernard, center left, and her lawyer Gloria Allred, center right, speak to the media outside of Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre before Bill Cosby’s performance, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. A group of protesters gathered to speak out against Cosby’s performance after allegations that he sexually assaulted several women throughout his career. (SPECIAL/BRANDEN CAMP)
Judy Thompson, left, Kaya Thompson, center, and Lili Bernard, right, stand together during a protest against Bill Cosby’s performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for Bill Cosby’s performance, Saturday, May 2, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. Kaya Thompson and Bernard both say Cosby sexually assaulted them. (SPECIAL/BRANDEN CAMP)
Lili Bernard and Gloria Allred gather with protestors outside of Bill Cosby’s ‘Far from Finished’ Tour at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on May 2, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.
A former guest star on “The Cosby Show” is looking to have Bill Cosby prosecuted in New Jersey for allegedly drugging and raping her back in 1992.
The Garden State has no statute of limitations on rape cases – which means prosecutors could pursue the case, said Lili Bernard’s lawyer, Gloria Allred.
Allred said she and Bernard met with police in Atlantic City for five hours on Thursday, and gave them “evidence.” She refused to elaborate.
Bernard played the “zany and very pregnant Mrs. Minifield” on the classic show in the early 1990s.
“Bill Cosby mentored me. He told me, ‘You’re one of my kids, Bernard.’ He praised me…he lifted me up and I believed him. After all, he was Bill Cosby,” Bernard told reporters at a press conference on Friday.
“After he had won my complete trust and adoration, he drugged and raped me.”
She said Cosby had threatened her to keep silent, but that she’s coming forward now “to show my 6-year-old daughter to stand in truth, and to say that I’ve survived Bill Cosby’s drugging and raping me,” she said, tears running down her cheeks.
“I stand here to take back my power and to confront the fear that has paralyzed me for so many years.”
Cosby’s reps have denied the allegations.
Bernard said Cosby’s old family man image couldn’t be further from real life, and that he’d repeatedly attacked.
“The last contact I had with Bill Cosby was at The Cosby Show studios on my birthday in 1992. His last words to me were, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Bernard, you’re dead. Do you hear me? You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist,’” she said loudly, sobbing as she spoke.
She said the abuse left her “highly suicidal.”
“I sought help and was hospitalized. When I was discharged from the hospital in the summer of 1992, I was assigned to a trauma therapist who counseled me intensively, initially five days a week. The focus of my therapy was what Bill Cosby did to me,” the married mother of six said.
“I still suffer panic attacks and night terrors as a result of what Mr. Cosby did to me.”
Allred said that “unlike most other states, New Jersey has no statute of limitations for rape, which means that law enforcement is not prevented from prosecuting a case because of an arbitrary time period set by law…Women need to break out of their fear and report so that predators can be held accountable.”
A rep for the Atlantic City Police Department did not immediately return a call for comment.
Also at the press conference was a writer named Sammie Mays, who said Cosby drugged her at a television convention in the 1980s.
“He said hello and engaged me in small talk. I was thrilled he had stopped me,” Mays said.
She asked Cosby if she could interview him.
“Mr. Cosby responded, ‘It’s lunchtime, the convention center closes shortly. How about you walk with me over to the hotel and we’ll talk along the way?'”
Once at his hotel, she said he offered her a drink.
“I took a big swig and then I took another. The next thing I remember when I awoke, from my state of unconsciousness, I seemed to have been drooling,” she recalled.
She looked up to see Cosby standing over her, and “felt something stabbing at my breasts.”
“My long sleeve button down shirt was unbuttoned and my underwire bra slid over to the side exposing my breasts. The out of place wire was digging into my chest. The chain belt which I wore tightly around my waist had been unhooked and rehooked,” she said.
“I never wanted to see Bill Cosby again, or ever talk about him. That is until all these many years later I learned Bill Cosby preyed upon other women in somewhat the same manner.”