West Palm Beach woman accuses Cosby of drugging, raping her in 1976

West Palm Beach woman accuses Cosby of drugging, raping her in 1976

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Therese Serignese said she was 19-years-old when she met Bill Cosby in Las Vegas. That was in 1976. Cosby was putting on a show at the Hilton.

"He asked me, 'Would you like to come see my show?'" Serignese recalled. "Of course I would."

She said she ended up at an after party.

Therese said, hours later it was just her and Cosby, and that's when she says he offered her some pills. "I took them, [I] didn't know what they were -- didn't even ask. I just was intimidated I guess, and I took them. Then my next memory is feeling drugged and him having sex with me."

Therese said she didn't know how she got home but remembers telling her mother the next day. "She just looked at me and said maybe he'll take care of you," Sherignese said.

Therese said Cosby let her stay at his penthouse suite for several weeks.

She said he later asked her to leave when she told him she might be pregnant.

It was a false alarm.

Therese said she saw Cosby on several occasions throughout the years, but got married and moved on.

She said it wasn't until she moved to Florida, and got into a financial bind, did she reach out to Cosby again.

Therese said Cosby promised her years ago to give her $500 if she went to school and made all A's.

She eventually went to nursing school and did well. She said she wanted Cosby to make good on his promise, and he did. "That's when I got the [call from] Western Union. The secretary called me up the next day, and she said, 'Go to Western Union. You got something from Bill Cosby,'" she said.

Therese said Cosby sent her $10,000.

She said Cosby's agency sent her another check for $5,000.

That was in the mid '90s.

Therese never heard from or reached out to Cosby again. She never went public with the first allegations of rape that first night they met until 2005.

That's when another woman came forward with what, Therese says, was a similar story. "How dare he... Still doing this 30 years later."

Therese became a witness, Jane Doe Ten, but the case was settled out of court and died down.

Now, as the allegations come forward again, Therese said it's time to share her story.

"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."

Therese said she doesn't care if others believe her story, she's doing it because she believes there's other victims out there.

An attorney for Bill Cosby has released the statement bellow:

"Decade-old discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby doesn't intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."

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