“It Was As If Bill Had Morphed Into Another Person” Katherine McKee, Sammy Davis Jr.’s Former Girlfriend, Says Cosby Raped Her
The list of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault continues to grow. Today it’s 65-year-old Katherine McKee, actress, casting director and former “road wife” of the late Sammy Davis Jr. McKee told the New York Daily News that Bill Cosby, a mutual friend of Sammy and hers, raped her in the early seventies when she was on tour, in Michigan, with Davis.
McKee, a former Vegas show girl, said that she had known Cosby for eight years when the rape took place, making her one of more than 20 women who have accused the comedian of sexual assault.
She said, “Back then, I was Sammy’s road wife. He had an open marriage, and we were lovers. That’s how it went.”
McKee said Cosby raped her seemingly out of nowhere when she decided to extend her stay in Detroit so she could visit family. Cosby was in town too and invited her to attend a party on a boat.
McKee said she accepted the invitation because “He was a buddy. He knew I was Sammy’s girl.” Before she was to meet up with Cosby in his hotel room before the party, he asked her to pick up some ribs from a local spot called Checker Bar-B-Q.
“I remember I walked in the door, and he had a robe and cap on. He took the ribs from my hands and just grabbed me. He spun me around, pulled my panties down, and just took it. We were still standing at the door when he attacked me. It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable. To me, there was a different personality involved. He was a different man. It felt like a different person performing that act.”
Afterward, McKee said that she ran to the bathroom to compose herself. Cosby got dressed and said nothing until he told her it was time to go and they rode the elevator down to the lobby where someone was waiting to escort them to the party.
“I never said a word. I was too uncomfortable about it. Bill was so rude and cold toward me the rest of the night. I thought, ‘When this boat docks, I’m out of here.’ I just left.”
McKee said she never spoke of the incident to Sammy Davis Jr. She said the entertainer had enough problems of his own and “I didn’t want to put that in Sammy’s head.”
She said, “I was mad at my own self for not saying, ‘What the f—?’ Why didn’t I stop it and get him away from me? But it happened too fast. I was absolutely flabbergasted. And I had the guilt. I questioned myself, ‘Why did I go there? Why did I bring him those ribs? Maybe he thought that’s what I wanted too?’”
McKee, who appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” back in 1971, before the attack and “Sanford and Son” in 1972, said that she buried the incident.
“I figured, ‘If I don’t think about it, it won’t bother me.’ Of course with all these women surfacing now, it flushed it out.”
“It was rape, but it seemed so strange to call it that. We think of rape as a stranger who attacks you in a parking lot.”
“I chalked it up to another powerful person in Hollywood who just felt he could take what he wanted from women.”
McKee also addressed the statement Camille Cosby recently released, calling it embarrassing, particularly the part where she called her husband the victim in this situation.
“I knew (Camille). We’d been to dinner, all of us, many times. This is not a stupid woman. She has her head buried in the sand.”
And she also explained why she waited so long to speak about this.
“I was really afraid for my career. Afraid that it wasn’t the smart thing to do, to make a big stink of it. I have discovered and learned in my years in show business, which have been quite a few– I started my career in the late sixties– that this kind of thing happens a lot. Men in show business are very powerful and they assume that they’re going to get from you, sex. It’s an unspoken word. It just happens. They expect that you’re going to give it to them and you kind of figure you’re going to give it to them and they take it often, what they want. I figured because of the Hollywood mindset, it would be better for me if I didn’t say anything to anybody.”
What shocked me and surprised me was as this story is beginning to come out and all these women are coming forward the things that happened with the other women–because Bill didn’t drug me and it was so quick and so fast– I was standing. But to hear, it doesn’t surprise me. I’m not shocked by it. I totally believe it and I felt it was time to step up and step forward. And also I think that a lot of young women trying to have a career in show business, I think they really believe that they have to put up with these kind of things in order to make it and have a career…It is common in the business and I just felt that now I’d be safe with the other women in the group and I would come forward and support them and say ‘Yeah it happened to me, also.'”
McKee also said that she believes all the women with allegations should take a lie detector test.
McKee said if she could ask Cosby one thing, it would be why? Why would he do this to her when they were friends, when he knew she was Sammy’s girlfriend, and why when he had women throwing themselves at him.
As far as punishment, McKee said what she thinks needs to happen to Bill Cosby has already happened and is happening to him and she wonders why he thought he could continue to live this secret lifestyle without anyone ever finding out.
“Bill’s not the only man in show business that’s behaving this way, it’s just–I guess– his turn right now.”
You can watch McKee’s interviews in the videos below.
What happened to her that night
On why she’s speaking up now.