Cosby Accusers Speak Out In Powerful NYMag Photo Series

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35 Bill Cosby victims describe sex abuse to New York magazine.

More than 40 women have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them, now 35 alleged victims spoke out against the former icon and the culture who ignored them. “The Cosby Show” star was formerly known as “America’s Dad,” now 35 of his accusers were published in New York Magazine’s issue on Monday.

There was the disoriented and drugged woman who said Bill Cosby put his forearm under her throat after she revealed to hotel staff she was 19 and staying with the superstar. The cover story illustrates, through photography and personal accounts, decades-long patterns of alleged sexual abuse. “More has changed in the past few years for women who allege rape than in all the decades since the women’s movement began,” she writes in piece’s intro.

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. There was the woman who couldn’t form words as the star of “The Cosby Show” leered at her and her unconscious friend with “a very predatory look on his face,” according to a New York magazine article that publishes Monday. The powerful issue comes weeks after previously sealed court documents were released which revealed Mr Cosby testifying in 2005 to obtaining drugs with the intent on using them on women he wanted to sleep with. 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? 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.

The 36th victim photographed, an empty chair, represents other victims of sexual assault who aren’t able to come forward and tell their own stories of abuse. Nobody, nobody.” These are just a few snippets of the accounts of dozens of women who have bravely come forward to tell their stories claiming they were assaulted by legendary comedian Bill Cosby. Any woman who entered his orbit could potentially end up fading in and out of reality after he drugged them with powerful Quaaludes, the victims say. “I went into this thinking he was going to be my father. Read more: nymag.com/cosby-women. : Amanda Demme The cover comes one week after a deposition of Cosby taken during a sexual assault case from 2005 was published by the New York Times.

Of the 35 who agreed to be interviewed and photographed by the magazine, many said they were only encouraged to go public after others had led the way. That’s pretty sick,” Barbara Bowman, 48, said, of her encounters with Cosby in the 1980s. “I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight. She does not say to me, don’t ever do that again,” he said. “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.”

The two had a confidential agreement as part of a settlement of their federal case in Pennsylvania. “When I see Jell-O pudding, it comes flooding back. Bill Cosby, that encounter, that one time, played a major factor in the direction my life took, toward the dark side,” Mays told the magazine. “People would mention a joke that he said: ‘Wasn’t that funny?’ And all the while, my stomach would just be churning,” Joan Tarshis, 67, said. Many in the group say they’ve been contacted by others who have not yet spoken publicly. “You do know that’s (Hugh) Hefner’s best friend, right?’” Playboy bunny P.J.

I suggest you shut your mouth.’” “I was just too scared, and I also had the extra burden of not really wanting to take an African-American man down,” former model Jewel Allison, 52, said. “He asked me if I wanted a glass of wine; I took a few sips. He was naked, and he was forcing himself into my mouth,” Thomas said. “He said to me, ‘I have something stronger.’ And I said, ‘You know I don’t do drugs.’ He said, ‘You’re one of my best friends.

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