Gary Susman
January 21, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

”Utterly preposterous.” That’s the phrase attorney Walter Phillips Jr. used in several media interviews on Thursday, referring to allegations against his client, Bill Cosby. Phillips told the Associated Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and other outlets that there was no truth to the woman’s claim that the fatherly comedian drugged and groped her during a visit to his home outside Philadelphia last January. Still, local police are investigating the alleged incident, having been passed a complaint reported to police in a Toronto suburb, where the woman lives.

A Canadian police source told the Philadelphia Daily News that the woman said she and some others had dined with Cosby in a Philadelphia restaurant a year ago, then returned to his mansion in suburban Cheltenham. She said she complained of stress, and that Cosby gave her some pills that made her dizzy. She said she became dazed but remembered Cosby touching her breast and putting her hand on his genitals. Waking up with her clothes in disarray and her bra undone, she drove herself home, she said. She told police that she didn’t report the incident immediately because she feared for the security of her job at Temple University, a job she has since left. The woman, who is in her 30s, was hired to work in the athletic department by Dawn Staley, Temple’s women’s basketball coach, who is a close friend of Cosby, a Temple alum who frequently attends Staley’s team’s games.

Phillips said that local police have not yet spoken to Cosby, 67, or charged him with a crime. ”We are hopeful and optimistic that no charges will be brought forward,” Phillips told AP.

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