Oct 9, 2015 5:33 PM

NH Cosby accuser speaks as comedian faces deposition in assault case


WINDHAM - A Granite State woman who claims Bill Cosby attempted to sexually assault her says she hopes his deposition in another assault case is a step towards justice.

Kristina Ruehli, 72, alleges that the legendary comedian and actor drugged her at his California mansion in 1965.

She said Cosby invited her and an unidentified actress to a gathering at the home when she worked as a legal secretary at a talent agency.

“I remember the house clearly," Ruehli said. "It was a two-door style. It was two stories.”

After consuming an alcoholic drink, Ruehli said Cosby offered her a second glass.

“I thought this was really strong, and I have no memory past that point," she said.

In an exclusive interview with NH1 News on Friday, Ruehli said she later woke up on a bed next to Cosby and was naked.

To this day, she still isn’t sure exactly what happened in the room – only remembering that she woke up with Cosby's finger 'in her mouth'. Ruehli said she quickly ran to the bathroom and got sick, but when she returned, Cosby was gone.

She has no doubt, however, that she is a victim.

“I had forgotten about it over the years, because that was 50 years ago," she said.

Ruehli first came forward 10 years ago as a 'Jane Doe' in support of another alleged victim. In 2014, she decided to share her story publicly for the first time with NH1 News.

“I thought it was the right thing to do," she said. "I'm in this now for nothing other than for the other accusers.”

On Friday, Cosby was deposed in another alleged sexual assault case that stems back to 1974.

Judy Huth, then 15 years old, has accused Cosby of raping her at the Playboy Mansion.

Cosby's testimony on Friday will mark the first time he has been deposed since 2005. Leaked documents from the questioning a decade ago revealed Cosby admitted, under oath, that he obtained sedatives and gave them to women he wanted to have sex with.

However, Cosby testified that both sex and drugs were consensual - and he has always maintained his innocence.

Friday's deposition was being conducted in an undisclosed location.

Ruehli said Huth's allegations are similar to additional victims, some who haven't even come forward yet, and that this is far from over.

“This story is only half way through," she said. "I am aware of several dozen others.”

In many of the Cosby cases, the alleged events happened too long ago to make it to the courtroom. Ruehli says that's part of the reason she has decided to push for a change to New Hampshire's statute of limitations.

While she hasn't found a legislator to sponsor a bill yet, she says she is hoping to either abolish the state law altogether - or extend it.

"Something has to change," she said. “It’ll be a long journey. But it’s a journey worth taking.”

Despite being accused by more than 50 women, Cosby has never been charged with a crime.


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