Cosby cover sparks #TheEmptyChair discussion

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Bill Cosby: 35 alleged victims of US comedian unite on cover of New York magazine.

Thirty-five women who allege they were sexually assaulted by United States comedian Bill Cosby have united on a magazine cover to tell startlingly similar stories of abuse. NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York Magazine is back online after a hacker took credit for bringing it down as they rolled out their cover story featuring 35 women who accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby, a pioneering African-American comedian who played a beloved family doctor on the hit 1980s sitcom The Cosby Show, has become a pariah in the wake of the snowballing scandal. Despite being interviewed separately, many of their stories are startlingly similar: that the famed comedian drugged them, then assaulted or raped them while they were barely conscious. It’s a powerful, important piece of history in the making, finally gathering almost three dozen of the women who’ve accused Cosby of assault and giving them a united voice. “The group, at present, ranges in age from early 20s to 80 and includes supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson alongside waitresses and Playboy bunnies and journalists and a host of women who formerly worked in show business,” writes New York staffer Noreen Malone. “Many of the women say they know of others still out there who’ve chosen to remain silent.” Malone’s article considers our culture’s slow evolution in its handling of rape accusations.

The magazine’s website crashed on Monday, reportedly due to a hacker — not upset with Cosby’s accusers but allegedly out to avenge an unpleasant visit to New York, America’s biggest city. Victoria Valentino, a 72-year-old former Playboy bunny, was allegedly assaulted in 1969 when Cosby took her and a friend to a steak restaurant not long after her young son had died. I suggest you shut your mouth.'” “In 1975, it wasn’t an issue that was even discussed,” accuser Marcella Tate tells New York. “Rape was being beaten up in a park.

She told the magazine that Cosby gave her and her friend pills that would make her “feel better”, but instead left her fighting nausea and her friend “completely unconscious”. I understood at the time that it was wrong, but I just internalized it and dealt with it and pushed it down, and it resided in a very private place.” Barbara Bowman wrote a Washington Post piece last year reminding readers that she spent 30 years trying to get people to listen to her story. Joyce Emmons, 70, who managed a comedy club, said she was assaulted in around 1979 after a night out with the star and friends, during which she had asked Cosby for a headache pill.

Last week, Cosby’s lawyer Monique Pressley defended the actor, who has remained almost entirely tight-lipped about the allegations, even as his reputation has been shredded. It’s online and can never go away.” “(Rape accusations) challenge our beliefs about the world and the people we can trust and our own safety and security,” Anne Ream told me last fall. “It’s much easier to believe you’re dealing with a confused or unstable or money-motivated person. That’s a lot easier to embrace than believing someone we otherwise know and trust can be a sexual predator.” Ream, who was kidnapped and raped when she was 25, wrote “Lived Through This: Listening to the Stories of Sexual Violence Survivors” (Beacon Press), a narrative account of 18 survivors’ stories.

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