*A new woman came forward over the weekend claiming to have been drugged and raped twice by Bill Cosby in 1969, when she was 19 years old.
“It took me about 20 years to admit this to anyone,” accuser Joan Tarshis wrote late Sunday on a website called Hollywood Elsewhere. “But during those years as I grew into adulthood, I watched Cosby be praised by everyone from Presidents to Oprah to the Jello Corporation.”
“It all made me ill,” she added. “Knowing first-hand there was something unbalanced about him.”
Cosby has been accused of sexual assaults by multiple women throughout his long career. The allegations resurfaced in the last couple of weeks after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a “rapist” in his standup act. Cosby has refused to comment about them publicly.
“I was 19 years old in autumn of 1969,” Tarshis wrote. “Cosby seemed to take a liking to me, and so I was invited back a few times. I was naturally flattered.”
But what she said started out as innocent admiration for the comic later turned to disgust.
“One day he asked me to stay after the shooting and work on some material with him,” she said. “In his bungalow he made me a red eye. … The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed.”
Cosby refused to take no for an answer, she claimed.
“Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone,” she said. “But he just found another orifice to use.”
“I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me,” Tarshis added. “Of course I told no one.”
As time passed, her mother became impressed that Tarshis had known Cosby personally and suggested that she go see him again after he had asked her to visit.
“I was repulsed by the thought of seeing him again, but I saw no way out,” she said. “I couldn’t tell my mother what he had done. Or what I had let happen, feeling the guilt that rape victims often feel.”
She saw him again and the drinks began to flow — and she was drugged again, she claims.
“I remember feeling very, very stoned and asking his chauffeur to take me back to the car,” she said. “The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked. I remember thinking ‘You old s***, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me.’”
Tarshis wrote that as she saw other women coming forward, she knew she needed to do something.
“The time is right to join them,” she wrote.