A Florida woman who previously chose to remain anonymous when she made allegations against comedian Bill Cosby has revealed her identity.
Jennifer K. “Kaya” Thompson, who according to People magazine had been previously known as Jane Doe No. 2, came forward to support the more than three dozen women who have made public accusations of sexual misconduct against the comedian in the past few months. She revealed her story anonymously last November.
“It’s come to my understanding that there’s greater credibility for my testimony with a full name and an image,” Thompson, 44, who formerly went public only as “Jena T.,” told People in an exclusive interview published on Wednesday.
“I am so very grateful for the Jane Doe who came before me in the lawsuit 10 years ago,” she added. “At that time, to hear another woman’s support of one of Cosby’s victims by the admission of her own story was beyond affirming and I felt that a cloud that was above me began to lift off.”
She told the magazine that time helped in her decision to want to reveal her identity and be honest. She also said she wants her young nieces, who are fascinated with Hollywood, to understand the downside of celebrity worship.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime, and his lawyers have described the accusations as “utter nonsense.” One of his attorneys, Martin Singer, previously said, “People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy.”
Singer didn’t immediately respond to MSNBC’s request for comment on Thompson’s claims.
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SOURCE: MSNBC – Michele Richinick