Bill Cosby: 35 of his accusers speak to New York magazine

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35 Bill Cosby accusers appear on New York magazine cover.

Thirty-five of Bill Cosby’s accusers appear on the cover of New York magazine this week as part of an expansive feature on the sexual assault allegations against the 78-year-old comedian. The cover comes one week after a deposition of Cosby taken during a sexual assault lawsuit from 2005 was published by the New York Times, revealing how he used sedative drugs in his sexual pursuit of young women. “She doesn’t walk out with an attitude of a huff, because I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them.” Thirty-five of ‘s alleged sexual molestation victims have posed for a photograph on the front of the July 27 edition of magazine, giving their accounts of what happened to them at the hands of now-controversial Cosby Show star. The magazine shared its cover on Instagram along with the caption: “So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of Quaaludes — a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. “But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades — to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. “Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. Ending the relative anonymity of Cosby’s accusers, the publication lines the 35 women up on chairs in a visually shocking front cover snap, and displays interviews with the women in question within the pages of the magazine.

It is believed there are more remaining silent. “All 35 were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath,” the magazine states. “Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience.” Currently, Cosby has not been charged with any crime and has denied the accusations of rape and sexual assault by dozens of women. Photographer Amanda Demme has taken an array of solo and group portraits, and the online version of the article includes several video interviews. “The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study – both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period,” Malone says in her essay. “In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.” The testimony and photographs that follow display in no uncertain terms, the scale and diversity of the alleged abuse — with alleged victims ranging in age from their early 20s to 80, including women who were Playboy bunnies, TV writers, journalists and waitresses. “I went into this thinking he was going to be my father.

The women, from 10 different states and diverse walks of life, share detailed accounts of Cosby using his power to entice them into his home, a hotel room or to dine with him and then offering them drugs and taking advantage of them sexually. That’s pretty sick,” one of the women, Barbara Bowman, 48, said of her experiences with Cosby in the ’80s. “I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight. In what the women describe as a “sorrowful sisterhood,” they speak of their life-long anguish. “The women have found solace in their number — discovering that they hadn’t been alone, that there were others out there who believed them implicitly, with whom they didn’t need to be afraid of sharing the darkest details of their lives,” NY Mag reads.

I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me?

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