Another Bill Cosby Rape Victim Comes Forward

Not a good past few months for Bill Cosby. First, Hannibal Buress reminds everyone that he’s an alleged rapist. Then, his social media team released a Bill Cosby meme generator which ended up being used to remind everyone he’s an alleged rapist. As a result, his appearances on Letterman and The Queen Latifah Show were cancelled. His lawyer had to then release a statement saying Cosby won’t respond to these “decade-old” allegations.

Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.

Now another rape victim has come forward recounting how Cosby raped her twice. In a piece written for Hollywood Elsewhere, Joan Tarshis, a publicist and former actress, tells of the time in 1969 when Cosby wined and dined her only to drug and rape her later.

“One day he asked me to stay after the shooting and work on some material with him. I was even more flattered and thought this would help move my writing career along. In his bungalow he made me a redeye, and I began to tell him about the earthquake Los Angeles had just had and the sound it made. He liked my ideas for an earthquake bit.

“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. 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. Of course I told no one.”

Tarshis left LA to go back to live with her parents. She couldn’t tell her mother what happened because she was in awe that she got to work with Cosby. Then one day Cosby called her house and told her mother he wanted to invite her to the theater.

“I couldn’t tell my mother what he had done. Or what I had let happen, feeling the guilt that rape victims often feel.”

Under pressure, she agreed to go see him. That’s when he raped her again.

He sent a limo to pick me up and I was dropped off at the Sherry Netherland Hotel and went up to his suite. I remember noticing that his leather shaving kit was filled with bottles of pills, and thinking that this seemed odd. He was, of course, very friendly and I, of course, was very uncomfortable. He made me a redeye, and I, being nervous and dealing at the time with an alcohol problem (I’ve been in recovery since 1988), drank it. In the car I had something else to drink, but was already beginning to feel a bit stoned.

When we got to Westbury and he went on, there was no seat for me. I stood in the back of the theater with his chauffeur, feeling insulted that I wasn’t respected enough to be given a reserved seat. But soon after, I remember feeling very, very stoned and asking his chauffeur to take me back to the car. I was having trouble standing up. The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked. I remember thinking ‘You old s**t, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me.’

20 years later, she’s decided to come forward.

“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, knowing first-hand there was something unbalanced about him.”

NBC and Netflix still seem to be moving ahead with their Cosby projects. Possibly out of fear he may rape them if they don’t.

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Michelle Teller
Michelle Teller
9 years ago

Q. Now how long was it that you said you were in the room before you saw the exposed penis of the president – of the governor? Ms. Paula Jones. Five or six minutes. Five to seven minutes. Q. What did you do as soon as you saw that? A. I jumped up and I said, “I’m not that kind of girl,” after I looked at it and he was trying to grab me. But, I mean, I went on ahead and jumped up and I turned around and that’s when I – that’s the thing I drew there from… Read more »

9 years ago

Cosby has been protected since the ’60’s because he was a “good role model.” He bought his own hype, but turned out to be a monster.