Why Hasn’t Cosby Spoken About His Sexual Assault Allegations?
In the wake of the renewed interest in both the R Kelly and Woody Allen sexual abuse allegations, comes a second look at similar allegations against America’s favorite television dad, Bill Cosby.
For the most part, the allegations that Cosby drugged and then sexually assaulted 13 women in the 70s and then again in the 90s, as well as settled a lawsuit against one of his alleged victims has been quietly swept under the rug. For those needing more detail, you can check out The Smoking Gun’s timeline of Cosby’s alleged “prior bad acts.” So goes the age before social media. However, a couple of weeks ago, Newsweek (likely inspired by this piece on Gawker) spoke to Tamara Green, one of those 13 accusers, who said that Cosby assaulted her in the 1970s. Of the alleged incident, she said:
“He asked me to help him raise capital for a club he wanted to start. One day, I called him to cancel a meeting because I was feeling really sick, and he said, “Why don’t you come over to this restaurant I’m at, you’ll feel better if you have lunch.” I sat down, and he gave me what he said was two pills of [an over-the-counter cold medicine]. I swallowed them, and 20 minutes later I felt terrific; 30 minutes later, I was face-down in my soup. He volunteered to take me home. And then, because I was so ill, he volunteered to undress me and put me to bed. I started fighting him — I took a lamp and broke a window. He finally left. When I woke up, I saw that he left two 100-dollar bills on the table next to my front door. I was so sincerely and deeply infuriated that, even through the drugs…. I was crazed. I wanted to rip his neck off.”
Getting ahead of speculation that Green might be trying to gain something by accusing Cosby of sexual assault, she asserts that she only came forward to support the first accuser, who was being vilified in the press. And that her own life has not been great since coming forth, calling the whole experience a “career-ender.” Nevertheless, a week after speaking with Newsweek, another woman, 46 year old artist named Barbara Bowman, has also gone on record with Newsweek about her allegations that Cosby “repeatedly emotionally and physically abused her” as a teenager. She alleges:
“None of the abuse or drugging happened until I was 18… But on our very first meeting together, which occurred in the conference room at a nightclub in Denver, he led me through an acting exercise. First, he told me to go to the bathroom and wet my hair down. Then, he told me to sit in a chair, close my eyes, and act out a monologue as if I was really intoxicated. And he was touching my neck and stroking my hair.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?“
Bowman said the fear of career repercussions is what held her back from speaking up early and even cites being laughed out of a lawyer’s office once she told him who her alleged abuser was. However just like Green, Bowman tells Newsweek that she was encouraged by the first alleged victim’s tale, citing: “My only motivation was to support Andrea; my statute of limitations had long run out. There was nothing in it for me monetarily. It was strictly to have my voice heard and my story told.”
This is the kind of story that I don’t want to believe. We are talking about the guy, who played Dr. Huxtable. The man, who once gave Rudy and her friends (including a very young and androgynous- looking Alicia Keys) pony rides on his lap. A guy, who wooed us with individually wrapped cups of savory chocolate pudding and glued us to the television with his animated tales of “Fat Albert and the Gang.” Quite frankly, who the hell wants to believe that the Cos is straight out of central casting for “Law & Order: SVU”?