Bill Cosby has three new accusers to add to the growing list of more than 40. In a Wednesday news conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Van Ert said Cosby walked her to her car after she left a California jazz club in 1976, reports Reuters. She says she blacked out and suspects Cosby drugged and assaulted her, then stole her underwear. Pamela Abeyta alleges she was drugged while out with Cosby in 1975. She says she woke up in his bed and remembers seeing "naked people" nearby, per the Los Angeles Times. Lisa Christie, an extra on The Cosby Show and former Mrs. America, met Cosby at 18. Two years later, she says he tried to coerce her into sex, saying, "If you want to make it in this business, you have to sleep with me."
She says she thought of Cosby as a "father figure" and now believes he "waited" for her because she was a virgin, per CNN. "Shame on you, Mr. Father Figure of America," she says. "After 35 years of living with these shameful memories in secret, I was finally encouraged by all the other women who have recently told their stories," says Van Ert, though the statute of limitations means there can be no criminal legal action. Cosby has been ordered to give an Oct. 9 deposition in a civil suit brought by Allred client Judy Huth, who accuses the comedian of sexually abusing her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Before that date, a court will decide whether to approve Cosby's request for a protective order limiting the public release of the deposition, which Allred opposes. "There should be transparency," Allred says. "Mr. Cosby has nobody to blame but himself for his choices and his actions."