26 Mar 2015 12:44 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Chelsea Handler (Image Source: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons)
There's a new verb being introduced into our vernacular, and that's to be "Cosbeyed."
Going by the recent allegations made of Bill Cosby, it means to be drugged and sexually assaulted.
In a discussion about the word, Chelsea Handler explains that she believes the subject of these allegations once tried to do the same with her but was unsuccessful.
Handler and Nick Offerman entered into a conversation about the allegations with Esquire's Scott Raab. Offerman brought the new verb of "Cosbeyed" into the conversation, and with close to 30 allegations made against him, Raab's knee-jerk reaction was to say "poor guy" because of all he's been through with this.
This was all it took for Handler to jump up and make a claim of her own.
"Not poor guy—he tried to Cosby me," she said.
She went on to explain about a time when she was called to Cosby's hotel room about 10 years ago.
"I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o'clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, 'Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.' And I thought, 'That's really weird.' This was like 10 years ago. And I said, 'That's really weird. I don't want to go alone. I go, I don't know him.' So the three guys I was with—thank God these guys were with me. One was filming and one was like a producer; we were filming something—I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would've happened if I went up there alone."
Since nothing came of it, Handler forgot about it happening until all the recent allegations of Cosby began coming out, and a friend reminded her.
"[M]y friend texted me the other day saying, 'Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby's and you were so freaked out you made us come with you? [...] You could've been one of his victims if we weren't there.'"
The numerous women who have come forward with their allegations are only the ones claiming that something did in fact happen. Handler's allegations bring up the possibility that there are far more times when it could have happened but didn't because the women thought better of it realizing it wasn't a good situation.
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