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Heidi Thomas, Former Model, Accuses Bill Cosby Of Assaulting Her In Reno In 1984

02/27/2015 12:48 pm ET | Updated Feb 27, 2015
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Another woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Heidi Thomas, a former model, alleged in an interview with CNN published Tuesday that the famous comedian assaulted her in 1984. More than 20 women have come forward with similar claims.

Thomas told the outlet that Cosby assaulted her when she was 24 years old. She said her modeling agent, Anne Maloney, told her an important person in the entertainment industry was looking for "young talent" to mentor. Maloney told Thomas to go to Reno, Nevada, where Cosby was performing at Harrah's Hotel and Casino, Thomas said. She was told she would be staying at Harrah's, and that Cosby would meet with her there to mentor her.

According to Thomas, a driver picked her up at the airport in Reno and drove her to a house outside the city, where Cosby was waiting for her. Cosby allegedly asked her to perform a series of monologues, including one where she acted as if intoxicated, then urged her to drink a glass of Chablis. Thomas then recalls her memory becoming hazy. She alleged to CNN that she later woke up in a bed with Cosby, who was "forcing himself in [her] mouth." Thomas said Cosby got on top of her and said: "I'm your friend... your friend is gonna [ejaculate] again."

Thomas said she decided to come forward after all these years after learning that her mother suspected she had been assaulted on her trip to Reno, but never mentioned the incident in the hopes that her daughter would move on from it. Knowing that her mother suspected something has empowered her to share her story, she told CNN.

"I was beginning to think that keeping your silence is a form of acceptance," she said. "It's not supporting the women who are coming forward. It's not helping."

Cosby said on Friday in a statement that his career is "far from finished."

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