- Heidi Thomas, now in her 50s, was trying to break into showbiz when she was offered the chance to be mentored by the superstar
- She claims she was drugged by Cosby and he forced to perform a sex act
- ‘That’s not consensual,’ the Colorado music teacher said, ‘that’s bordering on insane’
12:35 EST, 16 August 2015
16:41 EST, 16 August 2015
A Colorado woman who claims she was drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby in the 1980s said the star was ‘bordering on insane’.
Heidi Thomas, now a music teacher in her 50s, was an aspiring model hoping to break into showbiz when she was flown to Cosby’s ranch in Reno in 1984.
She claims she was given a laced glass of wine then awoke to find the actor on top of her.
‘That’s not consensual, that’s drugged,’ she told the Denver Post. ‘And for anybody to be so narcissistic that they can read the mind of a person who is drugged, that’s bordering on insane.’
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Heidi Thomas, now in her 50s, was an aspiring young model hoping to break into showbiz when she was flown to meet Bill Cosby in 1984. She claims he gave her a laced glass of wine then assaulted her
Thomas had been told by her agent that Bill Cosby had offered to mentor her – an offer Thomas thought was ‘surreal’.
When the tall, slender model arrived in Nevada all those decades ago to meet the comedy star, she was picked up from the airport in a limousine.
He took her to a private home on the outskirts of town, telling her that a friend had lent Cosby the property so he wouldn’t be assailed by paparazzi.
Cosby greeted Thomas at the entrance and ushered her inside, according to Thomas.
The aspiring actress began by performing a monologue for Cosby, who then asked her to do a cold read of a person who was intoxicated.
Thomas said Cosby was unimpressed, telling her she was not convincing as a drunk.
She recalled that Cosby wanted her to relax, so he poured her a glass of Chablis.
The married music teacher said that her memory of the next several hours was very hazy, but when she woke up later that night, she found herself in bed next to a naked Bill Cosby who was ‘forcing himself’ in her mouth.
Cosby in a stage show last year. Heidi Thomas says the star offered to ‘mentor’ her in the 1980s
Thomas said she stopped being a victim 30 years ago when she decided the alleged assault was not going to affect her life. She didn’t come forward at the time, she said, because she feared she wouldn’t be believed
Thomas, pictured with her husband in a Facebook photo, is now living happily in her home state of Colorado
Thomas said she stopped being a victim 30 years ago when she decided the alleged assault was not going to affect her life.
She didn’t come forward at the time, she said, because she feared she wouldn’t be believed.
However she told her story in February and more recently joined with dozens of other Cosby accusers for a New York Magazine cover shoot.
‘I wanted to support them and say no they’re telling the truth, I know they are,’ said Thomas, who said she would today ask Cosby, if given the chance: ‘Do you remember looking in our eyes and seeing drugged blankness?’
Just last week, three more women accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, providing detailed allegations of abuse they said the veteran television star subjected them to decades ago.
Colleen Hughes and Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said Cosby, 78, had sexually assaulted them in the early 1970s, while Eden Tirl said he sexually harassed her on “The Cosby Show” set in 1989.
Thomas recently joined with dozens of other Cosby accusers for a New York Magazine cover shoot. ‘I wanted to support them and say no they’re telling the truth, I know they are,’ she said
The women were speaking at a press conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 21 of the more than 40 women who have come forward in the past year accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
New York Magazine interviewed and profiled 35 of Cosby’s accusers in a July cover story that featured an empty chair next to the rows of women. The chair sparked questions on how many more women may have similar allegations against the comedian.
Ridgeway Whitedeer said Cosby forced her into a sex act in 1971 when she met him for an interview on a movie set. At the time, she said, she was an aspiring actress and had been married for a while to a television agent who also worked for the comedian.
“As undignified as this is, it is my turn to take the empty chair that I saw on the cover of the New York Magazine, because I was assaulted sitting in a chair on a job interview and I was not drugged,” she said.
Representatives for Cosby did not respond for comment on Wednesday, and Cosby has never been charged.