Woman: Bill Cosby Groped Me at 2004 Penn Relays
At a press conference late last week, two more women accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. One of the women, Donna Barrett, said Cosby groped her at the Penn Relays in 2004.
Barrett told reporters Cosby grabbed her from behind. “He had his arm on my waist and forcefully pulled me on to his private area saying, ‘Hey, back that thing up here girl, back it on up,’” she told reporters. “I cried out and tried to pull away from his vice-like grip on my waist.” Barrett said she “felt his private parts” against her backside.
Cosby has been a fixture at Relays for years; there is even a Cosby Show episode revolving around Cosby’s entry into a relay race in the event. He was often the honorary starter for the High School Boys’ Prep School 4×400 meter relay, which is presented in memory of Bill’s son Ennis (who was killed in a robbery attempt in 1997).
Penn’s athletic department does not have an official relationship with Cosby.
Barrett said she told officials of the alleged groping, but “no one knew what to do.” She said she “was angry that Mr. Cosby would take such liberty as to force his person upon me and force me against my will.” Barrett was an official at the race at the time of the alleged incident. Her lawyer is Gloria Allred, who earned her bachelors from Penn in 1963.
More than 40 women have come forward with accusations against the comedian. Cosby has never been charged with a crime — though he currently faces several civil lawsuits — and he has repeatedly denied the accusations of sexual assault.
Penn is one of many local universities who have given Bill Cosby an honorary degree; the school recently told Philadelphia magazine they had no comment on whether they would rescind the honor.
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