Heidi Thomas on What It Was Like to Help Convict Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania—Heidi Thomas has one word to describe what it was like to finally face Bill Cosby in court this month, 34 years after she says he drugged and sexually assaulted her:

“Empowering,” she told The Daily Beast.

“The district attorney gave me a chance to speak my truth, to speak out and say, ‘This is what happened to me’ and it’s wrong. And he has to be held accountable.”

Cosby “had to sit there and listen,” she said. “He had no choice.”

Just like they had no choice in what he allegedly did to them.

Thomas wants to encourage other sexual victims to come forward as well.

“Hopefully what this verdict does is empower people to find their voice and to reclaim whatever dignity they felt they were robbed of; whatever power they felt was taken for them,” she said. “If you have the opportunity to face your accuser in a court, do it.


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