Fla. Woman Claims Cosby Raped Her When She Was 19

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A Florida woman says she was raped by Bill Cosby back in 1976 when she was 19-years-old.

Therese Serignese tells WPTV-TV that back in 1976 she went to Las Vegas to visit her mother. She was with her younger sister at the Hilton hotel where she met Bill Cosby at the hotel gift shop.

Serignese told the station that she and Cosby talked a while before he asked her ‘would you like to come see my show?”

She was given front row tickets to his show and after the show she said she went to an after party.

At the party she claimed Cosby offered her some pills.  “I took them, didn’t know what they were didn’t even ask,” she told WPTV.  “I just was intimidated I guess.  I took them.  Then my next memory is feeling drugged and him having sex with me.”

Serignese told her mother what happened.  “She just looked at me and said ‘maybe he’ll take care of you,’” she said.

Serignese said Cosby let her stay at his penthouse for several weeks. She said he asked her to leave when she told him she thought she was pregnant.

It turned out she wasn’t pregnant.

Sometime in the mid-1990s, Serignese moved to Florida and got into some financial trouble.  She reached out to Cosby for some help.

She said he promised her that he would give her 500 dollars if she went to school and got A’s.

Serignese went to nursing school and wanted Cosby to make good on his promise.

“That’s when I got the Western Union.  The secretary called me up the next day and she said go to Western Union.  You got something from Bill Cosby,” she told the station.

She said Cosby sent her a check for $5,000.

Serignese never heard from Cosby again until the first woman went public with allegation of rape in 2005,

“How dare he.  Still doing this 30 years later,” Serignese said.

She was a victim in that case, which was settled out of court and eventually died down.

Serignese wants an apology from Cosby.  “I’m gonna say to Bill Cosby.  You do owe me an explanation for why you did this to me.  I want an apology.  I want you to apologize for hurting me.  I want you to apologize for taking advantage of me,” she told WPTV.

Serignese wants other victims to know that they are not alone.

“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” John P. Schmitt, Cosby’s attorney, said in a written statement released over the weekend.  “The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.  Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”

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