When Victoria Valentino was 19, Playboy magazine picked her as Playmate of the Month for September 1963.
The glamorous life wore thin for her by the end of the '60s, due in no small part by the 1969 drowning death of her 6-year-old son Tony; soon Valentino drifted into a deep depression, she told the Washington Post in an interview.
Then Francesca Emerson, a fellow Playboy bunny, introduced Valentino to Bill Cosby.
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She said she introduced her “stunning” friend Valentino to Cosby in January 1970 at Cafe Figaro. Weeks later, she said, she met Cosby there again. Valentino said she was with her friend and roommate at the time, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster. She said Cosby offered to pay for massages for the women at a local spa and then sent a limousine to pick them up for dinner.
Valentino said they had dinner at a restaurant called Sneaky Pete’s. They ordered steaks and wine, and toward the end of dinner, Valentino said, Cosby offered her and Foster red pills.
“He was trying to cheer me up, and he stuck a pill in my mouth,” she said. “He said, ‘This will make us all feel better.’ ”
She and Foster each took a pill, and Cosby did, too, she said.
“We were slurring words. I couldn’t function,” she recalled, adding that Cosby said he would take them home but instead drove them to an apartment in the hills above the Chateau Marmont hotel. Valentino said Cosby wanted to show them some memorabilia from “I Spy.”
After Foster passed out, Valentino told the Post the room was spinning and she felt sick.
“I reached out, grabbing him, trying to get his attention, trying to distract him,” Valentino told the paper. “He came over to me and sat down on the love seat and opened his fly and grabbed my head and pushed my head down. And then he turned me over. It was like a waking nightmare.”
She told the Post she protested but to avail. Before Cosby left he told Valentino to call a cab if she wanted to go home, she added to the paper.
“What kind of credibility did I have?” she told the Post regarding why she didn't report the incident. “In those days, it was always the rape victim who wound up being victimized. You didn’t want to go to the police. That’s the last thing you wanted to do back then.”
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She was too embarrassed to tell most of her friends, but she did tell Emerson — the woman who had introduced her to Cosby.
Emerson, who lives in Australia, confirmed Valentino’s recollection in an interview with The Post.
“I remember she said that he had drugged her and she came to and he was trying to rape Meg and she pulled him off,” Emerson told the paper. “But I feel devastated that I didn’t do anything or say anything.”
Read the Washington Post's complete article here.
(H/T: The Huffington Post)