Meet 16 Women Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted

The ‘Real’ Cosby Show

It seems that the sexual assault allegations continue to surface for comedian Bill Cosby. The headlines are over-saturated with disturbing victim accounts, committed by the 77-years-old. Recently, sixteen women stepped forward, all making their sexual abuse allegations public record. On record, twelve of the women said they were drugged by Cosby, before he sexually assaulted them. One of the women stated he failed in his attempt to drug her.

The Cosby Show – Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable

Meet The Real Bill Cosby

It may be unimaginable for many to accept that the rumpled sweater-wearing, American dad “Dr. Cliff Huxtable,” could be a sexual predator. However, what most people don’t know, is that prior to starring in “The Cosby Show,” Bill Cosby was a personified sex-icon in the 60’s and 70’s. He was a mega-star in the eyes of the public, and seen by Hollywood stars as a powerful trend-setter, not a simple comedian.

Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault

Out and about: Cosby smokes a cigar while standing with his arm around his wife, Camille Hanks, at a Four Tops concert at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in LA. But he often left her at home when he went carousing.

Following a ‘Cosby: 101’ history course, the allegations become more digestible and undoubtedly plausible. Cosby was a close friend of millionaire-mogul Hugh Hefner, and a regular at Playboy Mansion parties. He owned a upscale restaurant, and was known for his lavish appetite for fine things. Cosby was a regular VIP at the hottest nightclubs. He was commonly pictured with the most beautiful models and high-profile public figures.

Life Magazine Fall 1965, Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault List

Life Magazine captures a young Bill Cosby with Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in 1965

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Bill Cosby and Hugh Hefner at The Playboy Jazz Festival in 1979.

Those limitless, essentially forgotten days, contradict the good-humored image that has persistently followed Cosby in American culture. However, a false perception, maintained through ignorance, does not define reality, nor does it change the facts of time; it only sheds light on the ignorance we preserve.

In this video , Joan Tarshis alleges that Bill Cosby drugged and raped her when she was a young comedy writer in 1969.

(Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault testimony. McKenna Ewen and Matt Moyer/The Washington Post)

Intern for Slate.com, Filipa Ioannou, and editor, Ben Mathis-Lilley, put together a list of the victims in the order their allegations became public.

Here is the list of Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault victims and their stories.

  1. Lachele Covington.Covington, an actress who was 20 at the time, filed a police report alleging that Cosby pushed her hand toward his penis after inviting her to his New York home on Jan. 25, 2000 to give her career advice. The New York Postreported that authorities “decided no crime had been committed because until the very moment Covington pulled her hand away, all actions had been consensual.” A Cosby spokesperson called the story “not true.”

  2. Andrea Constand. Constand told Ontario police in January 2005 that a year prior, when she was 31, she had visited Cosby at his home in Pennsylvania seeking career advice. (Constand, an Ontario native, worked at the time for Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater.) Constand alleges he gave her “herbal” pills for anxiety, then “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated” her. The Pennsylvania prosecutor who looked into the case has said that while he didn’t bring charges because the available evidence was not sufficient, he found Constand “credible” and found Cosby “evasive.” After prosecutors declined to charge him, Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby for $150 million; her suit cited, anonymously, 13 other women who alleged that he had sexually assaulted them. (Some of those women, referred to as “Jane Does” in legal language, have since identified themselves publicly and are mentioned below. The identities of Jane Doe witnesses are disclosed to defendants so their testimony can be fairly researched and challenged, but they are not ID’d by name in court or in public records.) Cosby’s attorney called Constand’s claims “utterly preposterous.” The suit was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

  3. Tamara Green.In February of 2005, Green, a retired trial attorney, appeared onThe Today Show and told Matt Lauer that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in the ’70s. Green was working as a model and met Cosby through mutual friends, she says, and he once offered her what he told her was cold medicine when she was ill. When she began to feel incapacitated, she alleges, he offered to take her home, where he began groping and undressing her; when she struggled, he left, leaving behind two $100 bills on her table. Cosby’s attorney issued the following response (which referenced Green’s maiden name, Lucier): “Miss Green’s allegations are absolutely false. Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or Tamara Lucier, and the incident she describes did not happen.” Green was one of the Jane Does cited in Constand’s lawsuit.

  4. Beth Ferrier. In June 2005, Ferrier, 46 at the time, told the Philadelphia Daily News that Cosby drugged her coffee when she visited him before a performance in Denver when she was 25. Ferrier, who worked as a model, had been in a consensual relationship with Cosby that ended before the alleged assault; she met him through mutual acquantainces and had believed he would help her with her career. Ferrier was also a Jane Doe.

  5. Barbara Bowman. In 2006, Bowman publicly identified herself as one of Constand’s Jane Does via an article in Philadelphia Magazine, though she didn’t discuss details of her accusation at the time. In October of this year—after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a performance—Bowman, now 47 and an artist, spoke about her experience to the Daily Mail. When she was 17 and pursuing a career as a model and actress, she says, she met Cosby, who she says pursued a mentor-mentee relationship with her and drugged and assaulted her multiple times. (While the Daily Mailcan be unreliable, Bowman later vouched for its version of her account in a Washington Post piece.) Bowman’s account mentions that during their first encounter he asked her to wet her hair and pretend to be drunk while he stroked her, an incident similar to those recounted by other accusers.

  6. Joan Tarshis.On Nov. 16 of this year Joan Tarshis, a 64-year-old music industry publicist and journalist, toldHollywood Elsewhere that Cosby raped her twice in 1969 when she was 19 years old and pursuing a career as a writer in L.A. Tarshis says Cosby first assaulted her after he invited her to work on material with him in his bungalow and made her a drink that caused her to lose consciousness.

  7. Linda Joy Traitz. Now 63, Traitz wrote on Facebook on Nov. 17 that Cosby assaulted her when she was 19 and working as a waitress at a restaurant that he partially owned. Traitz alleges that Cosby offered her a ride home from the restaurant but instead drove her to a beach and tried to force her to take pills to help her “relax.” Traitz told CNN he then groped her chest, pushed her down, and tried to lie on top of her. Traitz has a criminal record that includes imprisonment on a drug trafficking conviction; in a response to her allegations, Marty Singer, an attorney representing Cosby, cited her troubled past and said she lacks credibility.

  8. Janice Dickinson. On Nov. 18, model and reality TV personality Janice Dickinson, now 59, told Entertainment Tonight that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. At a dinner in Lake Tahoe at which they were to discuss her career, she says, she asked him for a pill for period cramps, and that “the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain.” Singer, Cosby’s attorney, called Dickinson’s story “a fabricated lie.” Dickinson says Cosby’s attorneys kept her from including a description of the alleged assault in a 2002 book, but Singer says she never wrote such a description and was never contacted by Cosby representatives.

  9. Therese Serignese.The Huffington Post printed allegations made against Cosby by Serignese, a 57-year-old nurse in Boca Raton, Florida, on Nov. 20. She says she encountered Cosby in 1976 when she was 19 years old; he was headlining a show at the Las Vegas Hilton, she alleges, and approached her in the hotel gift shop. Backstage in the green room, he allegedly gave her drugs, and when she came to he was having sex with her in a bathroom, she says. Serignese subsequently stayed in contact with Cosby and accepted money from him—which he had promised to give her if she pursued an education and received good grades. She told the HuffPothat at one point in their relationship (it’s not clear when) he asked her to wet her hair and pretend to be an actress.

  10. Carla Ferrigno. Carla Ferrigno, an actress and the wife of Incredible Hulkstar Lou Ferrigno, told Rumorfixon Nov. 20 that in 1967 Cosby grabbed her and forcefully kissed her at a party while his wife was in another room.

  11. Louisa Moritz. Moritz, a 68-year-old lawyer and onetime actress who appeared inOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, told TMZ in a story published Nov. 20 that in 1971, Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him in the greenroom of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Singer responded by saying allegations against Cosby have “reached a point of absurdity” and alleging that Moritz has been the subject of professional sanctions: “Mortiz is a lawyer who was disciplined by the California State Bar and ordered not to practice. We pulled the documents — she can’t practice because she didn’t report certain quarterly reports.”

  12. Renita Chaney Hill. Hill, now 47, says she met Cosby when she was 15 and he was filming an educational TV segment in Pittsburgh. Hill says they stayed in touch for four years—that Cosby flew her to meet with him in various cities and kept in touch with her parents, asking them about her grades in school. On Nov. 20 a Pittsburgh CBS affiliate broadcast an interview with Hill in which she said she believes Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion during their relationship.

  13. Angela Leslie.On Nov. 21, the New York Daily Newsreported that a 52-year-old former model-actress named Angela Leslie says that Cosby sexually assaulted her in Las Vegas in 1992. Leslie alleges Cosby fixed her a drink, asked her to wet her hair and pretend to be intoxicated, and masturbated using her hand while she was “in shock.

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