Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?
In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify. Cosby had drugged and raped me, too, I told them. The lawyers said I could testify anonymously as a Jane Doe, but I ardently rejected that idea. My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I wanted to tell my story in court. In the end, I didn’t have the opportunity to do that, because Cosby settled the suit for an undisclosed amount of money.
Tarshis, a former actress, music industry publicist and journalist, wrote that she met Cosby through mutual friends, and he often invited her to his room on the Universal lot, where he was shooting The Bill Cosby Show. He would ply her with food and drinks, often pouring beer into her Bloody Mary's, even though he himself never drank.
One night, Cosby invited her to help him work on material for the show, where he made her one of his Bloody Mary-and-beer concoctions. She claims she was in the middle of discussing a scene with him when she lost consciousness.
"The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed," she wrote. "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. 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."
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Tarshis said she felt guilty and did not tell anyone about the incident. She wrote that the second time he drugged and raped her came after he asked her mother if she could attend a show with him, and she did not feel comfortable turning down the invite and telling her mom about the previous rape.
"[Upon regaining conscious the second time,] I remember thinking, 'You old ****, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me,' " she wrote, adding that it took her 20 years before she talked about these incidents to anyone.
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On Tuesday, supermodel Janice Dickinson joined more than a dozen other women, saying Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Dickinson, who is now 59, recounted how Cosby struck up what appeared to be a professional relationship with her more than 30 years ago.
Dickinson says Cosby reached out to her during a trip to Bali and had her travel to Lake Tahoe, because he was performing there and wanted to offer her the job they had discussed as well as help her with a singing career. Dickinson says they had dinner in Lake Tahoe, and claims that he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, which she asked for because she was menstruating and had stomach pains.
“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn't wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man,” she tells ET. “... Before I woke up in the morning, 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. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs."