Actress Angela Leslie accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault

By Matt Murray

Another woman has stepped forward to accuse actor and comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

Actress Angela Leslie, 52, said she was meeting Cosby in his Las Vegas suite in 1992 to discuss acting opportunities when he sexually assaulted her.

Leslie, who was 26 at the time, said she and Cosby were in the kitchen area of his Elvis Presley suite when Cosby asked her to act intoxicated as an acting exercise, and she complied. She said it was at this point he assaulted her. 

When TODAY's Erica Hill asked Leslie why she didn't come forward until now, Leslie said it was because she was never physically hurt, but amid the growing allegations against Cosby, she felt it was necessary to speak out.

“I had not been raped. He didn't physically hurt me. He took my hand and put it where it shouldn't have been," Leslie said on TODAY Saturday. "He actually did try to get on top of me, but I was able to push him off and he actually kind of fell onto the floor. And he asked me to leave his room because he pretended to get a phone call. I never heard a phone ring but I think he was embarrassed that I was able to push him down and that's why he dismissed me from his room." 

Leslie said she didn't expect the behavior she experienced with Cosby because she had met him once before, and thought of him as "an American father figure."

Leslie is the eighth woman to step forward with allegations against Cosby, who recently addressed his lack of response to the growing accusations.

"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos," Cosby told Florida Today on Friday.

A statement released by Cosby's attorney Martin Singer on Friday denied the allegations, as well.

"It is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years," Singer wrote.

Cosby has not been charged with any crime, and despite the circling allegations, Cosby received two standing ovations during Friday's sold-out show at Eastern Florida State College.

But Leslie said people should pay attention to Cosby's silence on the issue.

"To be silent does not mean that you're not guilty," Leslie said. "I'm coming forward to let everybody know this happened to me and I have no reason to lie." 

When asked what she hopes will come of the women stepping forward, Leslie said she just wants Cosby to take responsibility for his actions.

"I just want him to acknowledge what he did, take responsibility and to apologize to these women and let everybody move on with their lives," she said.