More than a dozen women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault will share their stories in A&E’s one-hour special, Cosby: The Women Speak. Among those who stepped forward is Heidi Thomas, who in 1984 was a 24-year-old aspiring actress known as Heidi Johnson meeting the comedian for the first time.
In the exclusive clip from the special above, Thomas recalls how Cosby gave her a script that required her to play an intoxicated character. When she revealed she had never been drunk, he allegedly gave her a glass of wine. “So he poured a glass, and he said, ‘Alright, this is your prop, you’re going to sip on your wine,’” she recalls. “And I literally, I don’t remember anything other than one sip.”
Thomas has previously spoken of her encounter with Cosby in an interview with CNN earlier this year, in which she explained that she met him in Reno, Nevada, at the urging of her agent. After the alleged incident occurred, Thomas said she made excuses for what happened, and finally came forward this year because of the support she received from her parents. “I was beginning to think though … that whole keeping-your-silence is a form of acceptance,” Thomas said. “It’s not supporting the women who are coming forward. It’s not helping … and if enough people make enough of a fuss, maybe we can get a culture that starts to listen.”
Cosby: The Women Speak, which will also trace the history of sexual misconduct allegations against the 78-year-old comedian, premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
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