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Cosby accusers tell Dateline: 'We're using our voices to say this isn't okay'

/ Source: TODAY

As Bill Cosby's lawyers defend him in court against a sexual assault claim, more than two dozen other accusers of the comedic legend gathered recently to tell their own stories to Dateline.

Cosby is scheduled to be deposed Friday at an undisclosed location about an alleged incident that took place in 1974, when the accuser, Judy Huth, was 15 years old.

"Our client, Judy Huth, wants justice. She wants her day in court and that's all she wants, is justice,” said her attorney, Gloria Allred.

But for most of Cosby's accusers, more than 55 women now, it's too late to file suit.

Dateline recently met with a group of 27 of Cosby's accusers, whose ages range from 46 to 80, who recounted their stories for Dateline. The women said they find it difficult that anyone would doubt their stories or motives.

“It's insane that people actually think that any of us would've come together to bring down some celebrity whose celebrity has already started to fade long before we came forward,” Eden Tirl told NBC's Kate Snow. "We came forward to say we're using our voices to say this isn't okay.”

Their allegations vary, but some patterns emerged: They say they were sexually harassed or assaulted, and sometimes drugged, and many say they initially turned to Cosby as a mentor.

“This is about women taking power into their own hands," Charlotte Fox said.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime and his attorneys have vehemently denied that he drugged anyone or had sexual interaction with anyone without consent.

"He has vehemently denied the allegation that he, one without consent gave anyone a drug and that he gave anyone a drug and that he two, without consent, had a relationship or had sexual interaction with another adult," Cosby attorney Monique Pressley told MSNBC this summer.

NBC reached out to Cosby and his legal team repeatedly over the past six weeks for comment. Both he and his attorneys declined.

The special Dateline broadcast, "The Cosby Accusers Speak," airs Friday night at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC.