Another woman accusing Bill Cosby of inappropriate sexually behavior said of the multiple accusations against the comedian: “I promise you, the stories are true.”
Linda Joy Traitz on Monday took to Facebook to recount a experience with the TV star more than 40 years ago, in which she claims Cosby tried to ply her with booze and pills, “began to get sexually aggressive” with her and “wouldn't take ‘No’ for an answer.”
Traitz, who identified herself as a 63-old New York native on the social media profile, responded to a news item about The Cosby Show star’s ongoing issues, revealing in detail her own one-on-one experience with the comedy icon that took place when she was a 19-year-old waitress at Café Figaro, a restaurant he partially owned.
“He used to come in from time to time and one day he offered me a ride home … I accepted,” Traitz wrote.
Cosby didn’t head for her house, but rather “drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills ‘to relax,’ which I declined,” Traitz wrote.
When The Cosby Show star began coming onto her aggressively, Traitz wrote she “freaked out and demanded to be taken home,” though did not elaborate past that.
Traitz said she never pursued any legal action against Cosby, and has “no financial gain to put myself out there like this,” but “felt compelled to speak out” with the actor’s past dominating the current headlines, and new women emerging from the woodwork with horror stories about the TV icon, all with dovetailing details.
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Traitz challenged those who dismiss the rumors — based on their perception of TV’s most-famous father figure — as she wrote that “human failings come in all shapes and sizes.
Traitz ended her statement asking, “Does him being a famous actor exonerate him from this?”
Here is Traitz’s full statement from Facebook:
I promise you, the stories are true. I can't believe I'm doing this again as I just posted on another “Trove" site about the subject two days ago. Here goes (and I already know I'm opening myself up to public scorn).
When I was 19 years old I lived in Los Angeles and worked at a restaurant called Café Figaro, which was part owned by Bill Cosby. He used to come in from time to time and one day he offered me a ride home … I accepted.
Instead, he drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills “to relax,” which I declined. He began to get sexually aggressive and wouldn't take ‘No’ for an answer. I freaked out and demanded to be taken home. I never went after him for this and have no financial gain to put myself out there like this. I'm 63 years old now and felt compelled to speak out. To all of you refuse to believe that a beloved actor could do this, you are wrong. Human failings come in all shapes and sizes. Does him being a famous actor exonerate him from this?
As previously reported, the 77-year-old — who’s never been charged with a crime — has resisted commenting on the latest wave of accusations. He said in a Sunday statement (through his attorney) that he “does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment,” and that “the fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”
But the scandal — which was kickstarted last month by a remark comedian Hannibal Buress made in Cosby’s native Philadelphia that went viral — has caused Cosby to cancel previously-slated appearances with the Associated Press and David Letterman, in which he was going to promote a Netflix special scheduled for Nov. 27.