The over 50 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault let out a sigh of relief on Wednesday when the comedian was charged with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
One accuser in particular is Beth Ferrier — who was one of the original dozen Jane Does in Constand’s civil suit nearly a decade ago.
The now-56-year-old was an aspiring model who claimed to be in a consensual relationship with Cosby back in the mid-80s. She says Cosby drugged and assaulted her one night when he gave her a coffee in his dressing room, and the next thing she knew she woke up disoriented in her car.
In 2006 she shared:
“I woke up in my car in the parking lot with my clothes all a mess. I was definitely drugged. All I had to drink was coffee and the room was spinning. I wondered, I still wonder, ‘What did he do with me? Why was my bra unhooked? What happened?'”
“This is like a gift that we’ve been waiting to open for over 10 years. I absolutely started crying, fell to my knees, shaking. My next thing I felt was, if I could, I would have done back flips.”
“I’m so happy for Andrea. I’m totally doing back flips. It has been such a totally horrific journey. She’s been a pillar of strength for me personally. I’m so over-the-moon proud of her. When you go against the Cosby it’s incredibly frightening. He’s very powerful and he can destroy you.”
Despite the very long journey since coming forward, Ferrier — who is represented by attorney Gloria Allred — says she just as ready to testify today as she was over 10 years ago:
“This is like independence day ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ the moment we’ve all been hoping for.”
We, like many others, hope justice is served.