Since allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby began mounting in November of last year, six Jane Does from accuser Andrea Constand's 2005 civil suit against the comedian have come forward to publicly tell their stories. Today, a woman identifying herself only as "Patricia" joins that group as the seventh.
Speaking exclusively to Buzzfeed, Patricia claims that Cosby first sexually assaulted her at his family home in Shelburne Falls, Mass. in 1978 when she was 22. Now 58, Patricia says that Cosby wanted her "to pretend to be an elegant queen with oatmeal dripping all over her face" before she "started to feel weird from the drink" he had given her.
From there, the narrative present through many of the Cosby accusers' stories begins to emerge:
"It was so creepy," Patricia said. "He told me to convince him that I could remain regal and queenlike no matter what I looked like. I would leave the room and walk back in, pretending to be a queen with oatmeal on her face, and he would tell me I was doing it wrong and to go back and try again. Then, I started to feel weird from the drink. And then I don't remember much."
Patricia blacked out and then came to in Cosby's guest bedroom, she said. She was naked, and Cosby was standing over her in a bathrobe. He told Patricia she had thrown up and passed out and that he'd had to wash her dress. He was even nice enough to offer her a toothbrush.
"I believed him," said Patricia, who is speaking for exclusively to BuzzFeed News (her last name is withheld to protect her privacy). "I was deeply ashamed."
That same morning on the way home, Patricia claims to have been nauseous, which mirrors other accusers' accounts:
She didn't understand why she had blacked out after one drink, but she was more focused on how humiliated she felt after getting sick in front of the already legendary star — the next morning was the sickest she ever felt, and she had to pull over four times to throw up on the side of the road while driving home, she said. She was sure Cosby would never help her with her career after that, or contact her again.
She later accepted acting lessons arranged by Cosby after the alleged incident, along with a membership at a gym, and a date to Wilt Chamberlain's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. She also claims that Cosby telephoned her over the next year or so to check up on the aforementioned acting classes and gym membership.
Patricia claims to have seen Cosby again in 1980 during a taping of the Dinah Shore Show, which she says Cosby asked her attend with her hair styled "like Queen Noor of Jordan." Again, in that alleged incident, the elements of feeling drugged, blacking out, and awaking naked appear:
After the show, Cosby refused to talk to Patricia unless she agreed to take some pills he offered her that he said would "relax her," Patricia said. So she took them. She still didn't realize Cosby was interested in her sexually, she said.
She awoke the next morning naked, with her hair and makeup a mess.
"I was very sick and knew that someone had penetrated me," she said. "Finally, I realized what was happening."
When Patricia confronted Cosby about what had happened, he was furious, she said. He told her she was ungrateful and threw her out of his suite. She didn't tell anyone what had happened for years.
Years later, Patricia would join the 2005 lawsuit filed by accuser Andrea Constand after a therapist connected her with the detectives in charge of that case. Constand, however, settled in the case, and Patricia (and the other Jane Does) were relieved of the responsibility to testify. At the time, Patricia says she was "both relieved to not have to testify and disappointed at the same time." Now, though, she has come forward to show other potential victims that "you don't have to keep this a secret anymore."
More than 30 women have stepped forward to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, with Patricia serving as the 35th following accuser Heidi Thomas from last month. Cosby has never been charged with a crime in connection with any of the accusations against him.