'She was crying. She was hysterical. She was whispering': The man who claims he saved his friend from Bill Cosby

The comedian had allegedly offered to help the aspiring actress with her career

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A friend of one of the women complaining about Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual advances claimed he tried to 'rescue' her from the comedian’s New York home in 1984.

The comedian has denied previous sexual misconduct made against him.

Tony Hogue, then a model, says he received a call from an anonymous friend begging him to come and pick her up from his Cosby’s brownstone after the actor had allegedly made unwanted advances to her. His friend was said to have worked at Denver agency JF Images models, a company which introduced its clients to Cosby for casting purposes.

Hogue said he and his friend had eaten dinner with Cosby the previous two nights, but he had decided not to return to the actor’s house on the evening he received the phone call from his friend, who was then aged 23.

Model Beth Ferrier – another IF Images model, who has also accused Cosby of sexual assault – was said to have been present for three of the dinners.

“She was crying. She was hysterical. She was whispering,” Hogue recalled of his unnamed friend in an interview with Daily Beast.

“She said, ‘Tony, you’ve got to come get me.’ And I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And she said, ‘Tony, I’ve been in this room, I think on the second floor, and I’ve been here for a long time. I’m almost numb. I can’t stand up. I can’t see straight. My clothes are all dishevelled.’

“And I said, ‘Where’s Cosby?’ And she said, ‘He keeps coming back in here from another room with his cigar breath, trying to kiss me. He’s trying to be on me, trying to do all these things.’ And I said, ‘Why don’t you see if his driver can take you?’ And she said, ‘I don’t even know where he is. I’m afraid to leave this room.’”

Hogue claims he arrived at Cosby’s home and banged on the door until the comedian let him in the house, where he found  his friend “in her clothes, but she was a mess”.

The woman recalls that she was “virtually incoherent” by the time Hogue collected her. She remembers Cosby giving her a glass of Ouzo, a drink that she'd never had before

“I called Tony to come get me from Cosby’s townhouse,” she said. “This was after Cosby tried to kiss me. I was amazed, and quite disgusted (since he was close to my Dad’s age and smelled like a cigar)," she said.

Cosby has never been arrested or charged with any offence arising from any allegations.

Hogue says that the reaction to his allegation has been "crazy and very positive". He says he first came forward with his story when he heard of the 2006 case of Andrea Constand who claimed that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in his Philadelphia mansion in 2004 - allegations firmly denied by his lawyers.

Over 13 alleged victims - including Hogue's friend - were proposing to testify but the civil case with Constand settled in 2006. The terms of the settlement remain undisclosed.

 “I contacted Andrea's lawyer and told her my story and said I would help if she needed me,” Hogue told The Independent.

“Friends of mine across the country who are law enforcement, special forces, SWAT team members and even bikers have all said they're proud that I've spoken up. I only hope that it helps the girls who have come forward.”

Cosby has defended himself, saying that, “People need to fact check” before coming to any decisions. His lawyers have strongly denied all claims.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” Cosby told Florida Today.

“People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”

A fortnight ago he was given standing ovation when he performed at Melbourne, Florida.