Former Mrs. America: Bill Cosby Said He'd Ruin My Career If I Didn't Have Sex With Him
A former Mrs. America claims Bill Cosby threatened to ruin her career if she didn't have sex with him.
“He said to me, 'you're never going to make it in this business unless you sleep with me," Lisa Christie told INSIDE EDITION.
Christie said she met Cosby when she was a teenager and aspiring actress
“He was like a mentor and a dad,” she said. “I really trusted him.”
She said Cosby told her he wanted her to replace Lisa Bonet on The Cosby Show.
One night she said he asked her to audition for his 1990 movie, Ghost Dad - and offered her a drink.
“He kept insisting and persisting, and so I took a sip. I said, ‘I can't drink this.’ To me, it didn't taste good. I wasn't even going to try,” she said.
She said then Cosby suddenly kissed her. “When he kissed me - this was like my dad kissing me. I was like, ‘What are you doing?’”
When she pushed him away, “He said, ‘You owe me! You owe me!’” she said.
“I said, ‘Shame on you, Mr. Father Figure of America! Your kids are older than I am.’ I couldn’t even comprehend him looking at me like that. It was just a shock to my system.
“I said, ‘You just messed with one of God's children. You're in big trouble, mister!’” she said.
Christie went on to become Mrs. America 1997 - a pageant that honors married women - and open to women in their twenties through their fifties. Today she is a health and fitness expert.
She and two other women appeared at an emotional press conference Wednesday with attorney Gloria Allred. They held up photos of how they looked when Cosby allegedly abused them.
Meanwhile, comedian Keenan Thompson, who appeared in the Fat Albert movies, told Seth Meyers that Cosby gave him some off-color advice about women shortly before the movie came out in 2004.
“When this movie comes out, you are going to need two [bleeps] because women are going to be all over you,’” Thomspon said Cosby told him.
He couldn't believe his ears. “’I'm sorry, Dr.Huxtable, what was that?’” he said.
Cosby has denied any wrongdoing.