A former college football player has accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her while she was a 17-year-old cheerleader at the University of Pennsylvania.
In a statement to NBC News on Monday, Darnell Earley said that Cosby took advantage of her as a cheerleader and forced himself on her during a game at the Penn State Beaver Stadium.
“As a 17 year old girl, I was completely shocked to discover that I had been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby.
This was completely unexpected, and I was traumatized,” Earley wrote.
“I was not at all comfortable coming forward at the time.
I never felt comfortable speaking out.”
Earley was among several women who came forward after the alleged assault, but they have all said Cosby did not give them any protection.
Earley, who says she was just 17 when the alleged abuse took place, says Cosby raped her after a game in 1998.
Earle, who now lives in the Los Angeles area, says she’s been in touch with several of Cosby’s accusers who were 15 or 16 years old at the same time.
Cosby has denied the accusations.
Cosby’s attorney, Charles Harder, says the accusations against the former TV host are false and that Cosby was never the victim of a sexual assault.
In her statement, Earley was referring to the 1999 episode in which Cosby allegedly forced himself into her hotel room.
In that episode, Cosby was accused of raping her when she was 16 and the alleged victim was 19.
Cosby was eventually charged with aggravated indecent assault.
He was later acquitted by a jury in 2001, and he later admitted to the assault but said it was consensual.