Nov 21, 2014 3:34 PM

First on NH1 News: Windham woman says Bill Cosby tried to sexually assault her

WINDHAM - A 71-year-old woman from southern New Hampshire spoke on-camera, first with NH1 News Friday night, accusing actor and comedian Bill Cosby of trying to sexually assault her in the 1960's.

Kristina Ruehli, a grandmother who now lives with her husband in Windham, is the 10th person to make public accusations against Cosby.

"My attitude towards him is one of great pity," Ruehli said of Cosby.

Ruehli's allegations stem back to December 1965. At the time, Ruehli said she was working as a secretary in the legal department at a talent agency that dealt with Cosby.

The actor was filming "Hollywood Palace" at the time and invited her over for a party, an ordinary appeal from clients, Ruehli said.

When she arrived at Cosby's home, Ruehli alleges Cosby offered her a drink.

"I said a Bourbon and 7. We were in the kitchen at the time. There was nobody else there, and I was sort of surprised but I thought I had just arrived early," Ruehli told NH1 News.

She had two drinks, but not enough to get her drunk, she said.

But that's when she claims things got blurry and her memory starts to fade.

"I have no memory of anything, except in some blurry, foggy sort of way that I was out by a pool," Ruehli said.

With an apparent continuous blur, Ruehli says the next thing she knew she was a in a bedroom with Cosby, who had allegedly taken off some of his clothing.

"He was attempting to push my head down... I didn't resist so much as the fact that I became fully awake and aware and realized that I was very nauseous. And so I lifted my head up and just pulled away and ran for the bathroom which was attached to that bedroom," she said.

Ruehli said when she returned to the bedroom, Cosby had left - and she hasn't seen him since.

She decided not to speak publicly about Cosby's alleged actions for decades.

And then in 2006, when another alleged victim came forward, Ruehli said she was ready - deciding to contact the other alleged victim's lawyer. But the accusations never made it to the courtroom, and when their case went away - so did hers.

She then decided to stay quiet again...until now.

"Maybe it will stop. That's, you know, I can't curse him or hate him. I feel sorry for him. I can't wish bad things about him. But I will not be an enabler and stay silent," Ruehli said. "If I were to say something to him it would be 'You are pathetic.'"

Ruehli says she has not retained a lawyer and is not seeking anything by sharing her story to the public.

She just thinks it's time her reported experience is heard by other alleged victims.

"He has everything in the world," Ruehli said. "A wonderful family, popularity, fame; wealth beyond anything I will ever have. He has everything. And he has thrown it away on this rape. Rape is about power and anger. And that's what this is about."

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