Chelsea Handler says Bill Cosby asked to meet her in his Atlantic City hotel suite 10 years ago.

Chelsea Handler (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

In a joint interview in the "Women and Men" issue of Esquire with Nick Offerman, the Livingston native recalls thinking it was "weird" that Cosby, who was also performing at the unnamed hotel, would want to meet her. Handler says she didn't want to go alone because she didn't know Cosby so she asked a producer and a cameraman working with her on a project to accompany her.

She says had forgotten about the incident until one of them reminded her in a text as women claiming to be raped by the 77-year-old came forward with allegations. "He said, 'Hello! You could've been one of his victims if we weren't there.' And I went, 'Oh my gosh …'  adding "Yeah, so yeah, he's guilty."

Handler appears naked with Offerman on the cover of the issue of Esquire

Cosby, 77, a longtime television and movie star and standup comedian most famously known as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the sitcom "The Cosby Show" from 1984 to 1992, has had his clean-cut image tarnished as more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Many of the accusations exceed the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution. Cosby has denied wrongdoing and hasn't been charged with any crime.

Cosby has canceled or postponed more than a dozen standup shows as more accusers have come forward, and women's groups have protested or threatened to rally at many of his public appearances.

Handler's full comment in Esquire:

Oh, 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 ten 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. And I forgot about it when all the stories about Bill Cosby came out. I was like, I didn't even think of it. Then my 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?" And I said, Yeah, and he said, "Hello! You could've been one of his victims if we weren't there." And I went, "Oh my gosh …" Yeah, so yeah, he's guilty.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.