"I can name off 12 right now that I know of. 12 former bunnies."
Those are the words of P.J. Masten, who, in an interview with CNN, revealed even more rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby. "He's a serial rapist. He's been that way since the '60s."
In 1979, Masten says she was working as a "bunny manager" at Chicago's Playboy club when she met the actor. Bill asked P.J. to have dinner with him and he told her to meet at the hotel he was staying at. Upon her arrival, she recalls four other men were in the room, smoking cigars, watching sports, and drinking liquor when Cosby asked if she would like a drink before they went out. "I took the glass and I drank it and the next thing I knew it was four o'clock in the morning. I woke in a bed naked [and] bruised. He was laying next to me and I slivered out of the bed."
Bill Cosby was a close friend of Hugh Hefner's. A few days after the incident she told her Playboy supervisor what had happened.
"She said to me, 'You know that's Hef's best friend, right?'" Masten recounted, referring to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. "I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'Well, nobody is going to believe you. I suggest you keep your mouth shut.'
As for the other 12 women, Masten says through reconnecting at reunions and on social media, former bunnies have shared similar stories about Cosby, but it's likely we won't be hearing from all of them. She claims they are, "ashamed to come forward, frightened to come forward, married with families (and) don't want to come forward."
Hugh Hefner has released a statement concerning an incident in which Cosby allegedly raped a woman at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15-years-old. He said, "Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening. I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved."