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'Finally, we're all validated': Bill Cosby's alleged victims react to his arraignment

Cosby, 78, surrendered his passport and posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail at his arraignment in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Wednesday afternoon. He faces three counts: assault without consent, assault when the complainant is unconscious or unaware that penetration is occurring, and assault when the person impairs the complainant. They all stem from from a 2004 incident in which former Temple University employee Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Many of the women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them have said they would be willing to testify in a criminal trial against Cosby. If that comes to fruition, it would give several alleged victims the chance to make their voices heard in a court of law after the statute of limitations passed on their own cases.

“If Andrea’s case winds up getting the full justice that she deserves, then we are there for her and we would be in court — we would be in court even if we weren’t testifying,” Victoria Valentino, who says Cosby drugged and raped her, told ABC News. “We’d be there in the grand stands rooting her on, lending positive vibes and love to her.”

Here’s what some of his more than 50 accusers had to say about Cosby facing criminal charges.

Victoria Valentino: Valentino told ABC News that she couldn’t wait to “get together with all the ladies for a celebration party and crack open the champagne.”

The former Playboy model was still trying to contend with feelings of disbelief, and said she began to cry when she saw Cosby’s mugshot.

“I just never really thought I’d see the day,” Valentino said. “I can’t bear to look at his face, you know, but to see him in a vulnerable position compared to how he made us feel so vulnerable. It’s justice. It’s just karma.”

She told CNN, “I just want him to stand up and tell the truth and take it like a man. I want the truth to come out. I want justice to be served, and I want justice to prevail for all of the women, all of these victims, who have suffered watching him receive accolades all these years while they were suffering the consequences of PTSD from their encounters with him.”

Beverly Johnson: Johnson caused quite a stir when she publicly accused Cosby of drugging her in a first-person account published in Vanity Fair.

“When it comes down to it, truth is simple,” Johnson tweeted Wednesday. “There is nothing that we give to others that does not come back to us in some shape or form.”

Beth Ferrier: Ferrier has accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in Denver in the 1980s.

“Today is still just a good day, regardless of if he is found guilty or not guilty,” Ferrier told CBS Denver. “We’re hoping that we get our day in court.” She added: “If someone speaks to you about sexual assault, you need to believe them, believe the women.”

Sarita Butterfield: Butterfield, a former Playboy bunny, has said that Cosby molested her in a guest house yards away from his family when he invited her to join the Cosbys for Christmas Eve dinner in 1977. Cosby’s wife, Camille, was noticeably absent when he showed up for his arraignment with his attorneys Brian McMonagle and Monique Pressley this week.

Butterfield told TMZ: “If I could tell his wife something, I would tell her, ‘Shame on you for being an accessory to his criminal act.’ She should be charged also as an accomplice.”

P.J. Masten: Masten was a Playboy bunny like Butterfield and Valentino. She told the New York Daily News that Cosby drugged and raped her when she was working at a Chicago Playboy Club in 1979, and accused him of assaulting 12 other bunnies.

“Oh my God, finally, finally, we’re all validated,” Masten told the Daily News. “Our voices together brought this monster down. I’m so happy that the world is going to now see what we know. We’ve pulled his mask off.”

Sammie Mays: Mays was a writer who said Cosby gave her a spiked drink and assaulted her. She publicly accused him of assault in a May press conference with lawyer Gloria Allred and “Cosby Show” actress Lili Bernard.

“Please don’t let him die without being convicted because it will save his reputation,” she told TMZ.

© 2015, The Washington Post

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ccdagp

DANIEL BIZIER, I can see how you would relate to a sexual predator, after reviewing your Dental Practice I can only imagine how many victims of sexual assault you are responsible for.

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Stacy Cruz

Oh Dennis, REALLY??? Cosby also perpetrated his abuse @ his home as well…
First I know how sex offenders operate. I am retired from the Department of Corrections in WA. The state folks. I specialized in supervising felons who were p
Considered some of the worst (many other officers believed it was the worst in the state!) sex offenders (all varieties), the seriously mentally ill and those Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI). Supervising 120+ cases was done in the community. I also was a speaker, trainer of new POs, jail staff & the general public.
Ok, I am disappointed that in the 21st century the first comment is mostly about the profession of the victims! First & foremost victims of any age, gender, or profession do not ASK to be assaulted. I arrested a parolee for sexually assaulting a prostitute. He was sent back to prison for many years! Perpetrators of sexual assault/abuse are seeking power over the victim! Sex is the added bonus. Using drugs and or alcohol to incapacitate victims is especially disgusting.
Sexual assault does not occur based on what they’re wearing, where they’re walking (everyone should be careful in all areas), are in dark areas and/or are loaded. These are typical of the “old school” belief system! Blame the VICTIMS! It’s no wonder many adult, both sexes, victims do not come forward to press charges. If you have ever seen or know a victim of sexual assault being examined by hospital staff & interviewed by law enforcement you’d understand the humiliation they often undergo.
It’s unfortunate that the Washington Post didn’t quote a broader section of accusers in their article. The alleged (until found guilty) victims are of all ages, various ethnic backgrounds, multi socioeconomic levels and in various regions. It should also be noted that the abuse has been on going for decades! This is typically how sex offenders ply their devious behaviors.
Sighs… please excuse the tome! This topic is very important to me & should be discussed. PLEASE don’t beat me up lol.
Happy New Year to ALL!

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OneFly

Never liked him even as a kid. Not even that funny and I’m even better looking than him .

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Bobpiazza

Cosby has given me many hours of great entertainment. Never realized such a monster hid behind his genius persona. I doubt justice will ever be complete in this world.

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Daniel Bizier

These women all seem to be former Playboy bunnies.
To me that says something as to what kind of women they are. These supposed acts were not committed in public but in his private quarters. Women that go to a man’s hotel room don’t usually go to chit chat.

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César Tovar

So? He still drugged them and had nonconsensual sex with them. That is rape, no matter what magazine the victim has or hasn’t posed for? Discounting victims of a crime on accounts of your assumptions on “the kind of women” they were is an idiotic and disgusting thing to say.

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ccdagp

DANIEL BIZIER you are talking about someones daughter, now imagine what i as a father of a daughter would do to you

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