A former Playboy Playmate who accused Bill Cosby of rape relied on her nursing experience when she rushed to the aid of a gunshot victim in California, according to a report.
Victoria Valentino told TMZ she was sitting at her home in Altadena on Sunday when she heard what sounded like a succession of firecrackers and discovered that a neighbor down the street had been shot.
The September 1963 Playmate used her experience as a retired hospice and respiratory nurse to raise the man’s leg to keep blood flowing to his heart and brain as he turned gray and went into shock, according to the outlet.
Valentino, 78, said she and the victim’s wife did what they could to keep him calm until paramedics arrived and rushed him to a hospital, where he was expected to survive.
The Connecticut-born woman appeared in Playboy when she was 19, and was named the mag’s Playmate of the Month, according to the Daily Mail.
“Cosby ruined my life — he raped me, he made me depressed,” she told the Sunday Mirror in 2015. “We have a platform now, a voice. He can’t damage this many people and get away with it.”
Valentino was one of dozens of women who accused Cosby of sexual assault.
In September 2018, a Pennsylvania judge sentenced Cosby to three to 10 years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in his home more than a decade ago.