Former actress, Teresa Taylor claims she had a three year relationship with Bill Cosby starting in 1979. Taylor spoke with FOX411, and is defending the comedian against claims he drugged and sexually assaulted several women, despite the recent news that Cosby admitted to purchasing drugs to give to women he wanted to sleep with.
“What I’ve seen happening in the press about him is so disheartening. He is a kind man. I have never spoken about my personal life before and I needed to say that,” she told FOX411 exclusively. “Do I believe half of the women? No.”
“I respect the women and I can’t dispute it but I don’t believe a lot of it,” she said. “He didn’t need to do anything to get women to sleep with him. Women are attracted to men with money and power. At the time he was one of the most powerful men in Hollywood.”
The former actress claims she met Cosby backstage while he was guest-hosting “The Tonight Show” in 1979.
“He was so respectful towards me,” Taylor said. “He never drugged me or offered me Quaaludes. I was young and he took care of me — sometimes financially. He was good to my family. My mom had pictures of Bill all over the house.”
Taylor claims Cosby paid for her to fly to Ohio to visit her mother, and that her mom embraced their alleged romance.
“My mother knew I was alone in Hollywood and I believe she felt safe knowing Cosby was there for me,” Taylor told us.
“I truly loved and cared for him. I was 19. I didn’t even know the word mistress,” she said. “I actually believed he would leave his wife for me, but they never leave.”
The 56-year-old Taylor claims she and Cosby parted ways amicably and remained friends for more than a decade. The former actress has since left the Hollywood lifestyle behind and now lives with her boyfriend in New York.
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