*Bill Cosby and sexual assault.
For many of us, the two just don’t make sense, but such a case did exist, according to new stories from Gawker and Newsweek.
Well, Newsweek snagged an interview with Barbara Bowman, one of 13 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault. According to Bowman, the funnyman’s alleged conduct was anything but family friendly.
“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?,’” she told Newsweek. “Once in Reno, Nevada, he flew me out for a celebrity ski classic. He got me in a hotel room and fed me a lot of alcohol. He pinned me down in his suite on the couch, and he had me masturbate him. He really intimidated me, and I panicked.”
The accusations against Cosby first surfaced on the “Today” show and later detailed in a story by Robert Huber for Philly Mag in 2006. Despite the exposure, the story eventually faded out of the limelight, only to resurface years later when Gawker resurrected the situation in an article last week. The piece, which ran on the site last week, chronicled the accusations and mentioned that Cosby settled a lawsuit in the case. The revisiting of the Cosby case comes amid troubling times for film director Woody Allen, who is at the center of renewed sexual abuse claims made by his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
In Newsweek’s interview, Bowman revealed how Cosby allegedly drugged her while in New York as well as the last time the entertainer allegedly assaulted her. The new story follows an interview the magazine had last week another woman who made the original accusations against Cosby, Tamara Green.
“The first time I was drugged for sure was in New York, when he invited me to dinner at his apartment. There was a chef, a butler; we had dinner, it was all fine. I had one glass of wine and then I blacked out,” recalled Bowman.” I woke up throwing up in the toilet, and he was standing over me, pulling my hair out of my face. I was wearing a white t-shirt that wasn’t mine, and he was in a white robe.
“I think the final time I was assaulted by him was in Atlantic City. He took me there for a show and got me very drunk,” she continued. “Later, [the hotel] lost my luggage, so I was on the phone with the concierge and [Bill] had an absolute fit that I was on the phone, and went ballistic. The next morning, he summoned me into his room and started berating me and calling me names and yelling at me, telling me I had embarrassed him, and he threw me on the bed and blocked me with his elbow and got on top of me and started taking his pants off and I was screaming and crying and begging him to leave me alone and I fought so hard and I was screaming so loud that he got mad and threw me aside and got away from me, and that was it.”
When asked about the allegations, Newsweek says Cosby’s publicist has not yet responded. The newly resurfaced situation comes as the 76-year-old comedian returns to NBC with a new show he has in the works for the network.