Grope accuser says more coming forward

February 11, 2005

 

 

California attorney Tamara Green's non-stop media blitz about her 
allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and groped her 30 years ago has 
prompted other women to come forward.
"I'm not suing anybody," one of the women, now 34, said yesterday. "I 
just wanted to stick up for the woman in Canada and for Tamara Green. I 
don't want people to think they're crazy. I believe them 100 percent. "
A slew of women yesterday contacted the Montgomery County District 
Attorney's office and attorneys Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz.
"We've had a steady stream of phone calls," said Troiani, who 
represents, with Kivitz, the Canadian woman who first reported drugging 
and groping allegations about Cosby last month. "We have taken their 
information and we've passed it on to the police. All of them have said 
they saw Tamara on TV and they called as a result of that. "
Green said yesterday she received three phone calls from women in 
Colorado, Texas and Los Angeles with allegations similar to hers.
"The women said to me, 'It happened to me and I said nothing,' " Green 
said. "I am not going to be alone when all this is said and done.
"I'm telling them I'm not going to cross-pollinate information but that 
I'm willing to continue to spearhead here," she added.
Kivitz said their client also caught at least one of Green's television 
appearances.
"She saw Tamara and she is gratified someone else stepped forward,"
Kivitz said.
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor, Jr. could not be 
reached for comment yesterday. He has not yet announced whether he will 
file charges against Cosby for allegedly drugging and groping the 
Canadian woman at his Elkins Park mansion in January 2004.
Walter Phillips, Jr., Cosby's attorney, had little to say.
"I'm not aware of any women so it's impossible for me to comment,"
Phillips said.
Green's story first appeared in the Daily News on Tuesday. Since then, 
she's been on programs ranging from Fox News Channel's "On the Record 
with Greta Van Susteren" to CBS' "The Early Show. "
In between, she's been fending off an onslaught from the Cosby people, 
who continued to dig into her past and pass along dirt to the media.
"I think it's hilarious they're trying to smear me," she said yesterday 
in a phone interview. "If that's all the dirt they have, then I can run 
for president. "
She said she expected the Cosby machine to do exactly what they're 
doing and she doesn't regret coming forward.
"They can dig up all they want," she said. "I've never drugged and 
raped anybody, though. "
Green, 57, admitted she was arrested for battery in 1989.
"That is absolutely true," she said. "And I am here to tell you that if 
I find you in bed with my boyfriend, after you ate dinner at my house 
and sucked down my wine, I will punch you in the nose. Because that's 
what happened. A long-time friend slept with my boyfriend. "
She said it was a misdemeanor charge that was expunged after she paid 
the woman's medical bills "because I broke her nose. " She was also put 
on probation, she said.
And then there was the psychological counseling she sought after her 
"otherwise fabulous husband" ran off with a topless dancer with a coke 
habit in the mid- to- early 1990s, she said.
"That depressed me so bad that I went down to my friendly community 
health center and checked myself in," she said. "I took myself some 
mental health the way I would have taken myself to the emergency room 
if I had a broken arm. "
Finally, Cosby's attorneys made sure everyone knew the State Bar of 
California initiated disciplinary charges against her. That has been 
resolved, contrary to what the state bar released, Green said, 
attributing the outdated information to computer entry glitches.
"Of all the charges, I was held accountable for one, for overdrawing my 
trust account," she said. "I had to do probation and essentially the 
equivalent of a diversion program. "
The "Program for Respondents with Substance Abuse and/or Mental Health 
Issues" she entered last October is actually that diversion program, 
she said.
"It's the equivalent of lawyer traffic school," she said. "Once a week 
I go sit in a room and talk to other lawyers. "
Green was grilled about her past by Dan Abrams, on MSNBC's "The Abrams 
Report" last night.
As Abrams rattled off various incidents the Cosby people provided him, 
Green decided to come clean about something the Cosby people hadn't yet 
leaked. A DUI.
"I blew a .08 in the mid '90s coming home from a dinner party," she 
admitted.
 "I pled up. I didn't fight it and I did 48 hours in jail, which I want 
to tell you is a life-changing experience. You become very polite after 
that. And I want to tell you that the search that was performed on me 
before I went into jail was less intrusive than what Bill Cosby did to 
me." *
 

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