Dylan Farrow’s accusations that Woody Allen, her adoptive father, molested her when she was seven have been all over the Internet this week, even though the allegations have been public knowledge for over two decades.
So, in a bid to remind everyone that Allen is not the only beloved celebrity facing accusations of sexual assault that were much discussed, then largely forgotten, Gawker.com decided to revisit Bill Cosby’s sexual assault allegations which I bet a lot of us didn’t even know about!
Way back in 2005, dearly beloved Bill Cosby had 13 different women accusing him of raping them. According to the ladies, Bill Cosby’s MO was to befriend them, drug them before sexually assaulting them.
Here is one of his accusers, describing an incident:
Well, there were a number of people at the table, friends of his, and he said to me, yes, you do seem ill, you’re slightly feverish, would you like to have some Contact? You know, the cold medicine.
And I thought, why not, can’t hurt. So he went into some sort of office area at the back of the
restaurant and he produced two capsules in his hand. I thought nothing of it and I took the capsules.
In about, I don’t know, 20 to 30 minutes I felt great and then about 10 minutes after that I was almost literally face down on the table of this restaurant.
He said, “Oh my, you must be more ill then we believed. I totally lost motor control; I was almost unable to hold my head up. I was very, very, very stoned. He took me into my apartment and then very helpfully and nicely was prepared to take off my clothes and help me into bed and pet me, and that’s how the actual assault began.
The assault had allegedly happened back in the 1970s, but she said she had decided to come forward because another woman had accused Cosby of committing a similar assault in January of 2004.
That woman, in a lawsuit, said that Cosby offered her three pills of what he claimed was “herbal medication, which would help her relax,” and insisted she take all three. Her own story after taking the 3 pills:
When she advised Bill Cosby that she did not feel well, Bill led her to a sofa, because she could not walk on her own, where he laid her down, under the guise of “helping” her.
Subsequently, he positioned himself behind her on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.
She remained in a semi-conscious state throughout the time of this ordeal. At no time was she capable of consent after the pills affected her, and at no time did she consent to Bill’s acts.
Another lady in her story said she and Cosby started an affair that lasted about six months. Cosby ended it without explanation.
Then he called her one night in Denver, where she lived; they met backstage at a nightclub there, where he was performing. He said:
“Here’s your favorite coffee, something I made, to relax you.” She drank it and soon began to feel woozy.
Several hours later, she woke up in the backseat of her car, alone. She didn’t know what had happened. Her clothes were a mess, her bra undone. Security guards came and said Cosby told them to get her home. She confronted him at his hotel. “You just had too much to drink,” he told her.
Another accuser named Barbara Bowman’s story:
It was in a hotel in Reno, claims Bowman, that Cosby assaulted her one night in 1986. “He took my hand and his hand over it, and he masturbated with his hand over my hand,” says Bowman, who, although terrified, kept quiet about the incident and continued as Cosby’s protégé because, she says, “Who’s gonna believe this? He was a powerful man. He was like the president.”
Before long she was alone with Cosby again in his Manhattan townhouse; she was given a glass of red wine, and “the next thing I know, I’m sick and I’m nauseous and I’m delusional and I’m limp and … I can’t think straight…. And I just came to, and I’m wearing a [men’s] T-shirt that wasn’t mine, and he was in a white robe.
A month or two later, she was in Atlantic City and says she was given another glass of red wine and felt “completely doped up again.” Confused, Bowman somehow made it back to her room, but the next day Cosby summoned her to his suite.
After she arrived, Bowman says, Cosby “threw me on the bed and braced his arm under my neck so I couldn’t move my head, and he started trying to take his clothes off. I remember all the clinking of his belt buckle. And he was trying to take my pants down, and I was trying to keep them on.” Bowman says that not long after she resisted the assault, Cosby cut off contact with her and had her escorted to the airport for a flight back to Denver.
These 4 women said publicly, in major media outlets, that Bill Cosby had drugged and sexually assaulted them. This coverage was more recent and possibly more prominent than the coverage of the abuse allegations against Woody Allen. But basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator.
And with shocking speed, it was effectively forgotten.