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New York Magazine: Cosby Accusers Come Forward to Tell 35 Stories

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By    |   Monday, 27 Jul 2015 12:08 PM

New York magazine's newest cover story, a project six months in the making, features 35 women who've accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them.

The magazine posted an image of the cover to Twitter on Sunday night.



Models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson spoke of their alleged encounters with the world-famous comedian, as did victims like former locksmith Margie Shapiro and massage therapist Rebecca Lynn Neal.

Magazine reporters released new, individual photos of each woman to accompany each of their stories, and even posted audio clips of the women describing their alleged encounters. Among the themes that emerged from one story to the next was the belief that they would never have the power to challenge Cosby after what he allegedly did.

Last week, Bill Cosby's deposition in a 2005 sexual assault was unsealed. In it, he said he's used a combination of fame and sedative drugs to pursue young women in the past. He maintains the encounters were consensual, however.

Many of the alleged assaults took place decades ago, and therefore are beyond the statue of limitations for filing criminal charges. A defamation suit has been filed recently, however, by one of his accusers.

Many networks have canceled re-runs of "The Cosby Show" in the wake of the allegations, and Disney World removed a statue of the star. Now, some are calling for his star to be removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as well as for his Presidential Medal of Freedom to be revoked.

Below are a sampling of stories from Cosby's accusers posted to New York magazine's social media accounts.


 

Victoria Valentino, 72, a former Playboy bunny, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1969. Valentino was dining with her roommate at their usual joint, Café Figaro, where Cosby happened to be part owner. He knew that Valentino’s 6-year-old son had recently died, and he told Valentino’s friend that he thought she could use some cheering up. "He took my roommate and me out to dinner. It was this new hip steak restaurant on the strip near the Whiskey a Go Go called Sneaky Pete’s. He was chatting her up and trying to charm her. And he reached across and put a pill next to my wine glass and said, ‘Here, this will make you feel better,’ and he gave her one. I wasn’t really thinking. I thought, Great, me feel better? You bet. So I took the pill and washed it down with some red wine. And then he reached across and put another pill in my mouth and gave her one. Just after I took the second pill, my face was, like, face-in-plate syndrome, and I just said, ‘I wanna go home.’ He said he would drive us home. We went up this elevator. I sat down, and lay my head back, just fighting nausea. I looked around and he was sitting next to my roommate on the loveseat with this very predatory look on his face. She was completely unconscious. I could hear the words in my head, but I couldn’t form words with my mouth, because I was so drugged out." Tap the photo to hear Victoria Valentino tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.

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Joyce Emmons, 70, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby circa 1979. Emmons managed a comedy club and became friends with Cosby. They had known each other for about two-and-a-half years when Emmons and her friend went out to a club with Cosby and one of his friends. “I had a terrible headache, and I said, ‘Bill, do you have some Tylenol? I have a mother of a headache.’ And he said to me, ‘I have something stronger.’ And I said, ‘You know I don’t do drugs.’ He said, ‘You’re one of my best friends. Would I hurt you?’ And I believed him. All I remember is taking the pill; I don’t remember going to bed. But I do remember waking up in a fog and opening my eyes, and I had no clothes on, and there was Bill’s friend totally naked in bed with me. I said, ‘What the F did you give me?’ He said, ‘Oh, you had a bad headache, you were in so much pain. I gave you a quaalude.’ I was hurt with Bill more than angry at his friend. Bill let him take advantage of me. That kills me. That’s why I know the stories of what he did to the other women are true, because if he didn’t have the respect for me, who was really a close friend, then he could do that to anybody he didn’t know very well.” Tap the photo to hear Joyce Emmons tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.

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