In an upcoming issue of New York magazine 35 of Bill Cosby’s alleged victims tell their story.
So far more than 40 women have come forward and accused comedian and television star Bill Cosby of sexual assault in recent months. Now New York magazine is sharing the stories of 35 of the alleged victims who are also featured on the publication's cover.
So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of quaaludes—a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades—to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences, steadfast in their resolve to remain silent no more. Read more: nymag.com/cosby-women. : Amanda Demme
Among the 35 women pictured on the black and white cover are model Janice Dickinson and actress Beverly Johnson who have both made allegations against Cosby. The picture features all the women seated in rows with the date of the alleged assault underneath them. The issue’s headline reads Cosby: The Women, An Unwelcome Sisterhood’.
According to the New York Daily News, the age of the women profiled ranges from early 20s to 80s and includes waitresses, Playboy bunnies and journalists. Although the women were each photographed and interviewed separately, their stories are said to have ‘remarkable similarities’.
One of the women featured, Barbara Bowman, told the magazine that she was introduced to Cosby by her agent in 1985 when she was 17. According to Bowman the comedian drugged and raped her repeatedly during various meetings over the next two years.
"I felt like a prisoner; I felt I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight," she told the magazine. "I could have walked down any street of Manhattan at any time and said, 'I'm being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,' but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody.”
Cosby has always maintained his innocence amidst the allegations and has never been charged with a crime. However earlier this month a 2005 deposition from a sexual assault case was made public and featured Cosby admitting under oath that he had obtained Quaaludes to give to "young women" that he "wanted to have sex with."
During the four day deposition he was also recorded as saying “I think that I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them," when asked about consent.