Carly Mallenbaum,Patrick Ryan and Maria Puente, USA TODAY
April 27, 2018
The news that Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Thursday was a win for the Me Too movement, for victims whose stories have been dismissed and specifically for women who have long alleged that Cosby mistreated them.
Here’s a look at Cosby’s accusers, many of whom are celebrating now, and how they’re reacting to the verdict.
1. Pamela Abeyta
In 1979, when she was 25 and an aspiring model, she says in a statement that a producer introduced her to Cosby, who met her in Vegas, paid for her $2,500 outfit and brought her to a show. She thinks someone put something in her drink, because later in the night she says she blacked out but remembers seeing that she was in Cosby’s bed with two other naked people.
2. Jewel Allison
A writer, Allison says she was asked by her agent to meet Cosby for dinner around the late 1980s or early 1990. She says she went to dinner, where she was the only guest, and felt sick upon sipping her drink. She says she remembers waking up, seeing semen and becoming nauseous, and that Cosby later put her hand on his genitals.
3. Janice Baker-Kinney
A former bartender who testified against Cosby in court this month, alleging that the comedian drugged and raped her at a house party in Reno in 1982. She was one of the five accusers permitted to testify at the trial.
“I am overwhelmed with joy, relief and gratitude,” Baker-Kinney wrote in a statement posted to Twitter following the verdict. “This may be the end for Mr. Cosby, but this victory is just the beginning for many of us, to fight for justice, to do the right thing and support every person who has ever been shamed and humiliated and blamed.”
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