The victims, actress Lili Bernard and screen writer Sammie Mays, went public today (May 1), bringing the total number of alleged victims to more than 40, according to reports.
The latest women are represented by celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred, who is suing Cosby on behalf of several women.
Amid the seemingly unending stream of accusations, Cosby has been on a national tour with a one-man show. He tells jokes and reminisces in his avuncular style. The tour will wrap up in Atlanta.
The allegations are by now familiar.
Bernard said Cosby the easy-going, affable comedian turned into a vicious predator after drugging her. She said he raped her and threatened her while prepping her for a role in his hugely popular TV series “The Cosby Show,” which ran from 1984 to 1992.
“After he had won my complete trust and admiration, he drugged and raped me,” said Bernard.
The actress said she was emotionally scarred by the incident, which still haunts her. She later became suicidal and was hospitalized, she said.
While Cosby was never prosecuted for the alleged attack, Bernard said she told her agent, family, several friends and her pastor about the incident.
“I still suffer panic attacks and night terrors as a result of what Mr. Cosby did to me. I stand here to take back my power and confront the fear that has paralyzed me for so many years,” she added.
Mays told a story that had a familiar ring.
At a television convention in New Orleans in 1986, she met Cosby for an interview.
They went back to his hotel room and he offered her a drink, she said. Hours later, she woke up confused and undressed as Cosby hovered over her. She said she grabbed her things and left.
“Once in the lobby, I realized I had just survived an encounter with a scheming madman who hid his demons behind an alluring personality,” she said.
Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, has dismissed allegations, but so far has not commented on the latest allegations, according to reports.