Comedian Chelsea Handler is pretty sure that she narrowly escaped getting sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby a few years ago.
Bill’s public rep has been in shambles ever since old allegations of sexual assault popped back up last year and captured the nation’s attention. Many refuse to believe that Bill could ever have taken advantage of women he supposedly drugged, but Chelsea told Esquire magazine recently, “Yeah, he’s guilty.”
Chelsea draws her verdict from her meeting with him a decade ago. Looking back, the “Chelsea Lately” host thinks that the now-infamous funnyman had plans for her when he invited her to his hotel room.
“Oh, I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel,” she recalled. “Someone from the hotel came down and said, ‘Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.’”
At the time, most people would have been flatted if Bill asked to meet them in person, but something about the invite seemed fishy to Chelsea. She brought backup just to make sure nothing bad happened.
“I said, ‘That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone,’” she told Esquire, adding that she brought three men she was working with along with her to Bill’s room. “I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone.”
The crazy thing is that Chelsea didn’t even remember the time that she met Bill until one of her friends reminded her about it during a conversation via text message. “He said, ‘Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.’ And I went, ‘Oh, my gosh,’” Chelsea shared. “So yeah, he’s guilty. I think it’s pretty obvious now.”
She added, “He tried to Cosby me!” Apparently that’s a verb now.
More than 20 women have come forward since last year claiming that Bill sexually assaulted them. He has yet to directly address the allegations himself.