Bill Cosby Won't Respond to Allegations of Drugging and Raping Women

By Victoria Kim 11/19/14

Over a dozen women have accused the comedian of drugging and raping them, including former supermodel Janice Dickinson.

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When provided the chance to respond to the sexual assault allegations against him in a recent NPR interview, Bill Cosby refused to answer, staying silent and shaking his head.

The actor and comic has been accused of sexual assault in the past by more than a dozen women, but the decade-old allegations resurfaced when comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up routine in October and it went viral.

The latest woman to accuse Cosby is former model Janice Dickinson, who told Entertainment Tonight that he sexually assaulted her in 1982. She claimed that he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill, and she woke up the next morning to the realization that “I had been sexually assaulted by this man.”

According to Dickinson and the accounts of several other women, Cosby allegedly used incapacitating drugs to cause the women to pass out, sometimes slipping them into the women’s drinks.

In 2005, Andrea Constand, the first woman to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, said that he drugged and molested her at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004. After Constand, a second woman, Tamara Green, said that in the 1970s, Cosby gave her pills that knocked her unconscious and then groped her. In the Constand case, Green and 12 anonymous women made similar allegations against the comic. In 2006, Cosby settled the suit for an undisclosed amount of money.

That same year, Barbara Bowman, one of the women in the Constand lawsuit, told People magazine her story. However, it wasn’t until this year that it took hold after Buress’ routine went viral.

Bowman wrote in detail about how Cosby sexually assaulted her as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, after he “brainwashed" her into viewing him as a father figure. “I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me,” she wrote in a Washington Post column.

The Village Voice recently uncovered a clip of Cosby joking about slipping the aphrodisiac “Spanish Fly” into women’s drinks in his ironically-titled comedy album from 1969, It's True! It's True!

The morning after the NPR interview, Cosby’s lawyer posted a statement on his website, maintaining that “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment” and that “there will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”

Listen to Cosby "joke" about Spanish Fly in 1969:

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