Sex Assault Allegations Against Bill Cosby Gain New Life

Gawker, Newsweek revive allegations against Philly-bred comedian.

One bit of fallout from the Woody Allen-Dylan Farrow story is that folks are starting to remember that Bill Cosby once was accused of sexual assault himself. The accusations emerged on the Today show, then were detailed in a 2006 Philly Mag story by Robert Huber—then quietly died, with Cosby’s folksy, funny image reasserting itself in the public mind. No more.

Gawker last week ran a piece covering the old ground of sex crime accusations against Cosby, including a reminder that Cosby settled a lawsuit in the case. Why did the crimes fade from memory?

Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle. The original Philadelphia Magazine story set off his accusers’ testimony in italicized interludes, between long sections about the more digestible controversies around Cosby’s lecture tour denouncing black cultural pathology. The usually unflinching Ta-Nehisi Coates, in an otherwise comprehensive 2008 Atlantic essay on the context and politics of Cosby’s performance as a public moral scold, dropped a sentence about the lawsuit settlement and its accompanying accusations into parentheses near the end.

Last week, Newsweek interviewed Tamara Green, one of 13 women who made the original accusations. Today, the magazine follows with Barbara Bowman, who offers ugly details about Cosby’s alleged behavior.

I was assaulted a number of times from age 18 to 19. Cosby would warn me before out-of-town trips, “You aren’t going to fight me this time, are you?”

Once in Reno, Nevada, he flew me out for a celebrity ski classic. He got me in a hotel room and fed me a lot of alcohol. He pinned me down in his suite on the couch, and he had me masturbate him. He really intimidated me, and I panicked.

The first time I was drugged for sure was in New York, when he invited me to dinner at his apartment. There was a chef, a butler; we had dinner, it was all fine. I had one glass of wine and then I blacked out. I woke up throwing up in the toilet, and he was standing over me, pulling my hair out of my face. I was wearing a white t-shirt that wasn’t mine, and he was in a white robe.

I think the final time I was assaulted by him was in Atlantic City. He took me there for a show and got me very drunk. Later, [the hotel] lost my luggage, so I was on the phone with the concierge and [Bill] had an absolute fit that I was on the phone, and went ballistic. The next morning, he summoned me into his room and started berating me and calling me names and yelling at me, telling me I had embarrassed him, and he threw me on the bed and blocked me with his elbow and got on top of me and started taking his pants off and I was screaming and crying and begging him to leave me alone and I fought so hard and I was screaming so loud that he got mad and threw me aside and got away from me, and that was it.

Newsweek says Cosby’s publicist has not yet responded to inquiries. The 76-year-old has a new show in the works for NBC.

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  • matthew brandley

    biotch must be living in fantasy land

  • David D

    Years after all these allegations first came to light about Cosby
    mainstream media is only now willing to report the truth about him. Yet
    in that time he was allowed to go around the country preaching morality
    and values but never got called out once for being a hypocrite. This
    story is only being brought up now by mainstream media because they want
    to deflect attention away from accused pedophile Woody Allen. I believe
    Cosby like Allen are the sexual predators and rapist they are being
    accused of being.

  • David Campbell

    I had a customer tell me some weird stories about Cosby. This was about 10 years ago. I’m a swimming pool builder, and one of my customers was a former model in NYC. She said Cosby was a weirdo. She mentioned something about him chaining her up in his attic… ha. I swear… this was before any of this broke in the papers. She was nothing to look at when I met her… in her 60’s, but she showed me pics of what she use to look like. She’s a white chick too, don’t know if that means anything. Said he regurgitated his eggs when he ate them too. And then would eat them after he spit them out. Weird stuff

  • Jason

    bill cosby murdered me, had his way with me sexually, then revived me. He saved my life, i owe him for that

    • BigWhitePolarBear

      Maybe it was the island that revived you.

  • bonnie mincey

    Why now? The issue has been about Woody Allen, so why is the Cosdy story suddenly remembered? Did Dylan Farrow accuse him as well? This is so well time that it appears to be misery love company, or what?

  • keith colquitt

    This is sad. I remember hearing about 2 or 3 accusers when the story broke years ago and I saw one of the accusers being interviewed. I believed that there was probably something to the stories even then. I never heard about the settlement that Cosby made to make the story go away and I never knew that there were 13 accusers. I have a hard time understanding why the woman who speaks in this article allowed herself to be in Cosby’s company even once after the first assault. I don’t care what was going on, I would never be alone with a sexual predator after an attempted assault.