Kathie Lee Gifford has accused embattled comedian/actor Bill Cosby of once trying to kiss her while on tour together.
The Today show presenter served as Cosby’s back-up dancer on one of his comedy tours in the 1970s, early on in her career, and reveals they grew so close, the married funnyman tried to make a pass at her.
She turned down his advances and insists he didn’t try to take it any further.
She says, “I was an opening act for Bill for so many years. I went all over the country with him. Saw lots and lots of people coming and going everywhere. He is kind, he is capable of great kindness, he is capable of great generosity…
“I, like so many other Americans don’t want these stories to be true. There was, and I will admit, towards the very, very end of the last time I saw him, he did try to kiss me. I said, ‘No, Bill, we’re friends.’ He goes, ‘OK, goodnight,’ and I said, ‘Goodnight,’ and I went into my room and he went into his room.”
Gifford’s revelation emerges after more than 20 women, including former models Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, went public with sexual assault allegations against Cosby, and although she is refusing to pass judgement over the claims, she is adamant she never witnessed any indecent behavior.
She continues, “I’m not saying the women’s allegations are not true, I’m just saying I never personally saw it with my own two eyes.
“I do know I got a chill (when I heard the accusations) because every night when we’d come off stage and Bill would be going on stage, they would make three cappuccinos for all three of us and I always thought it was such a kindness and so sweet and now you see Beverly Johnson saying he made a cappuccino (and allegedly drugged her). I just don’t want it to be true, but I’m not saying that the women are liars. For my own personal experience, it didn’t happen…”
Her comments come a day after Cosby’s wife of 50 years, Camille, released a statement voicing her support for her man.
The couple’s daughter, Evin, has since released her own statement of support to entertainment news show Access Hollywood on Tuesday. The message reads:
“He is the FATHER you thought you knew. The Cosby Show was my today’s tv reality show. Thank you. That’s all I would like to say.”
She also took to Facebook to blast the allegations, writing, “Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison.
“THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocent victim.They are not ONLY destroying innocent people’s life they are ALSO making it hard for the MEN and Women to find justice when they have been raped.”
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