As sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby continue to mount, another woman has come forward claiming that the legendary comedian raped her back in 1969 when she was 19.
In an essay published by Hollywood Elsewhere, music industry publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis said that Cosby pursued her when they both worked at Universal Studios. She is the second woman to accuse Cosby of rape this week, and only one of many women to make similar allegations over the years.
She says one night while working on material for “The Bill Cosby Show,” she fell unconscious after drinking a cocktail he made for her.
“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed,” Tarshis wrote. “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.”
She also detailed an alleged second attack, saying the two had been drinking while attending an event at a music theater. Shesays began to feel weak, and “the next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked.”
Tarshis said she decided to come forward now because more of his victims are, and she feels the time is right to join them. These allegations come just a week after Barbara Brown, a column writer for The Washington Post and a former actress, claimed Cosby raped her a number of times in the ’80s. Both allegations come days after Cosby’s official Twitter account posted a picture of the star and asked users to “meme” him. This obviously did not go well, with many users using the request as an opportunity to recall the numerous allegations of sexual assault in the comedian’s past.
Just yesterday we reported that Cosby has lost his spot on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, and a few weeks ago his The Queen Latifah Show was cancelled as well. No word yet on what will become of his Comedy Central appearance scheduled for November 23rd.
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