Comedian Chelsea Handler of Livingston, N.J. believes she was almost a victim of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual abuse when she was doing stand-up in the same Atlantic City hotel as Cosby.
Handler told Esquire that during her AC stay, "someone from the hotel came down and said, 'Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.' And I thought, 'That's really weird.'"
She felt so weird about it that she decided to bring three men from the production crew when she went up to see Cosby.
"I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would've happened if I went up there alone," Handler said.
Handler is referring to the more than 30 women who have come out in recent months and accused Philly-native Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
"He tried to Cosby me," she said.
After an October 2014 stand-up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress went viral on YouTube, in which the Buress spoke about the numerous sexual assault allegations mounted against Cosby, the scandal exploded.
Among the Cosby accusers are supermodel Beverly Johnson and former Temple employee Andrea Constand, who settled a lawsuit against Cosby nearly 10 years ago, around the time Handler says her AC incident with Cosby occurred. In Constand's court case, 13 unidentified Jane Does, some of whom are no longer anonymous, gave statements against Cosby, accusing him of sexual assault.
Handler said she forgot about the Cosby incident in AC until a friend recently texted her about it.
"You could've been one of his victims if we weren't there," Handler's friend said.
"Yeah," said Handler. "So yeah, he's guilty."