Cos met accusers parents after alleged incident?

January 25, 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN weisenn@phillynews.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 
the case.
"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 
assault.
"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." *
 

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