By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN email@example.com
THE WOMAN who has accused entertainer Bill Cosby of groping her last
year introduced her parents to him eight months after the alleged
sexual assault, her father has told a Canadian newspaper.
The woman took her parents to meet him when he performed at Casino
Rama, about 90 minutes north of Toronto, last August, her father said
in an interview published Sunday in the Toronto Sun.
An employee at Casino Rama, about 90 miles north of Toronto, confirmed
that Cosby performed there last Aug. 19.
Walter Phillips Jr., Cosby's attorney, declined to comment on whether
Cosby met the woman's family last August.
"I don't want to address that," he said.
Phillips has steadfastly maintained his client is innocent and called
the woman's allegations "bizarre" and "preposterous. " Montgomery
County authorities are investigating the case, because the alleged
incident occurred in Cosby's Elkins Park mansion last January.
The woman told police that she had gone to the mansion after a night
out with friends, that she had complained of tension and that Cosby had
given her a couple of pills that made her dizzy. She told police that
when she awoke hours later, her clothes were in disarray and her bra was undone.
The alleged victim did not report the incident to Canadian authorities
until Jan. 13 of this year. Phillips said he did not know the status of
"I have not really had any productive conversation with law enforcement,"
he said yesterday.
Cosby had postponed four public appearances since the woman's
allegation surfaced last week but does not intend to postpone any
others, his publicist, David Brokaw, said yesterday.
"There's a regular schedule of events," said Brokaw, who would not
release details of the appearances. "He's got concerts and everything
going forward as originally planned. "
Cosby does not yet have new dates for the Cleveland and Florida events
he missed during the last week, Brokaw said.
While the alleged victim's parents declined to discuss with the
newspaper the details of their daughter's allegations, they did say she
had not told them of the alleged groping until a few weeks ago. They
said they'd noticed a change in her behavior but did not understand why.
"There was something wrong with her. She was keeping something inside,"
her father told the Toronto Sun. She did not come forward to get money
out of the superstar, her father said.
"We live a good life. I have a nice house. I have four cars," he said.
"We're not in it for the money. Justice has to be served. "
The Toronto Sun identified the alleged victim and her parents, but the
Daily News is withholding their identities because it does not identify
alleged victims of sexual assault.
The woman's parents said their daughter felt "violated" by the alleged
"She feels a sense of betrayal and feels justice has to prevail," her
father said. "We have to put a stop to this. "
Added her mother: "They were very good friends, but they were strictly
friends. Sometimes people make bad choices and obviously he did. "
The woman's father said his daughter was the "most truthful, honest and
faithful kid I've ever met" and was not the type of person who lies.
"She helps people who are poor, people who are sick. She'd give you the
shirt off her back," he told the newspaper.
They said she met Cosby in 2001, when she went to work as coordinator
of operations for the women's basketball team at Temple University,
Cosby's alma mater. The two became good friends, they said.
"She was never impressed by his celebrity," her mother said. "She
didn't feel it was a big deal. He was a great friend and mentor to her.
She shared her thoughts with him, and he guided her ideas and gave her
words of wisdom. "
The woman left Temple last April. Joan Bonvicini, her former basketball
coach at the University of Arizona, said the woman decided to pursue
another career path since she wanted to coach and that wasn't working out.
"She was going to go to massage-therapy school," Bonvicini said yesterday.
The woman's father told the Toronto Sun that his daughter was enrolled
in a massage-therapy school, which is why he thinks she finally decided
to go to police.
"They teach about a code of ethics," he said. "She's starting to
understand that when you violate a person, it's not right." *