In the revealing interview, Patricia, now 58, says that when she was 22, Cosby invited her to a dinner party at his home in Shelburne Falls, Mass. But when Patricia arrived to the family home, she was the only guest. But because Cosby was a man of influence and the home was filled with photos of his apparently happy family, Patricia stayed. She was a former model and aspiring singer and Cosby had offered to help mentor her career. After offering Patricia a drink, she says Cosby told her to try an improvisation exercise in which she would “pretend to be an elegant queen with oatmeal dripping all over her face.”
“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.”
When Patricia came to, she says was in naked in Cosby’s guest bedroom and the comedian was standing over her wearing a bathrobe. He explained the situation by claiming she had thrown up and he had to wash her dress. He even offered her a toothbrush. “I believed him,” Patricia said. “I was deeply ashamed.”
Humiliated by the thought of vomiting in front of Cosby, Patricia was sure Cosby’s offer to mentor her was off the table. However, she says Cosby stayed in contact with her, hooking Patricia up with acting lessons, inviting her to events, and even paying for her to join a gym, since he told her she needed to lose weight. The relationship continued for a year and a half until 1980, when Patricia and Cosby attended a taping of the Dinah Shore Show. That night, Cosby demanded Patricia get her hair styled to replicate Queen Noor of Jordan. “He was obsessed with her,” Patricia said.
After the taping, Cosby said he would only speak to Patricia if she took pills to “relax her.” Patricia, still blind to Cosby’s sexual interest in her, took the pills and blacked out. Patricia once again woke up naked the next morning. “I was very sick and knew that someone had penetrated me,” she said. “Finally, I realized what was happening.”
Convinced no one would believe her, Patricia didn’t speak about the incident for years and “internalized the events with tremendous shame and far too much responsibility.” In 2005, Patricia joined Andrea Constrand’s suit against Cosby along with 12 other Jane Doe witnesses claiming to have similar experiences of being drugged and assaulted by Cosby. But when Constrand settled, Patricia said she and the other women were “effectively silenced.”
Patricia is now the seventh of the Jane Does to come forward with her story. She said that she decided to do so to encourage the other women to speak out. “You’re not alone,” Patricia said. “You don’t have to keep this secret anymore.”
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