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35 of 46 Women Allegedly Raped by Bill Cosby Appear on the Cover of New York Weekly Magazine

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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CK4ffs2UAAAFZ-1On Sunday night, New York Magazine released a unique cover story that will certainly get people talking as they collected the personal accounts of 35 of Bill Cosby‘s accusers.

A few months ago the media started paying attention to the emerging rape allegations – all of which had a consistent similarity of an aspiring actress/model trying to get ahead in the industry.

For a cover story this weekNew York interviewed and photographed 35 of Cosby’s alleged victims in black and white.

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The magazine wrote:

“The group of women Cosby allegedly assaulted functions almost as a longitudinal study – both for how an individual woman, on her own, deals with such trauma over the decades and for how the culture at large has grappled with rape over the same time period. In the ’60s, when the first alleged assault by Cosby occurred, rape was considered to be something violent committed by a stranger … But among younger women, and particularly online, there is a strong sense now that speaking up is the only thing to do, that a woman claiming her own victimhood is more powerful than any other weapon in the fight against rape.”

On Instagram, while sharing a photo of the new cover, New York Magazine explains

‘So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of quaaludes—a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades—to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences, steadfast in their resolve to remain silent no more.’

The cover is coming three weeks after Bill Cosby admitted in a 2005 court deposition made public that he intended to give Quaaludes to young women with whom he wanted to have sex.

Click here if you missed it.

You can read up the full feature as well as each woman’s account here.

Photo Credit: New York Magazine

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

31 Comments

  1. Mystique

    July 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

    This is so embarrassing……… i feel for his wife. what a shame.

    • Ashley

      July 27, 2015 at 10:32 am

      Camille? She was part and parcel of the mess. She’s complicit with her docility.

    • jide

      July 27, 2015 at 10:47 am

      Lol. Stop feeling for wives. They know first and know best. She knew this entire time.

  2. Miss Pee

    July 27, 2015 at 9:23 am

    What is this world turning into?? What was he trying to achieve?

    • oluwasesn

      July 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm

      Let’s be real brethren. There’s no way he would have raped all these women. I’m not in support of rape. He might have had sexual affairs with some of them back in the days, but most of them will claim he rapped them for for compensation.

      I don’t trust all these Americans when it comes to issue like this

    • miini

      July 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

      I’m sure u are a guy.

    • miini

      July 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

      Yes, I’m very sure u are a guy that’s why u can type all that and say he might have had sexual relations with them, but he ddnt rape them. Some men and the funny way their brain works. This thing is so believable to me because all those stories follow d same pattern, and rape is still such a shameful thing that only sick women come out to LIE that they were raped. If it is still so shameful now, imagine what it would have been like in the 60s – 80s.

      For those that still find it difficult to believe, I wonder if uv ever had any experience where u went to a guy’s house or u had a guy over at yours and for some stupid reason he tried to kiss u or stuff like that. In ur mind ur are thinking ‘WTH’ and he is saying stuff like he knows u want it but u are just forming. Somehow u manage to walk him out or leave, u tell ur friends or pple and they ask u ‘WHAT DID U GO AND DO IN HIS HOUSE?’ if ordinary unwanted passes get such reaction, u think women are eager to report rape?

      Rape is d lowest, most painful degradation and violation of a woman. It doesn’t change no matter who did it or whether or not it was reported. Let men stop being biased about this whole thing, a woman’s no is no, even is u are both naked. And with obvious involvement of drugs and a deposition of him admitting such and saying he can read women and those romantic sexual situations, someone still thinks they are false? It is well.

  3. Mizzy

    July 27, 2015 at 9:26 am

    46? seriously? Bill Cosby??? ahhhhhh!!!!!!!!! jst speechless…

  4. Seriously

    July 27, 2015 at 9:30 am

    It will be interesting to see the outcome of this Bill Cosby’s segment. I won’t blame it on racism or some propaganda. I will blame Bill Cosby for self destructing himself, a shame to the black community and the world. He’s a serial cheater, a drug abuser, an irresponsible husband, etc majority of the women are non black women. The thirst black men have for non black women will forever be their biggest downfall. There’s a difference to normally love a woman regardless of race but to specifically seek out, there’s a problem with your self respect. And how was such magnitude case covered for so long. I’m not sure if he can continue to run away from this, he has to face his demons and consequence for his action.

  5. Zeeebby

    July 27, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Damn…..This sexual assault allegation always makes me sooooo sad. I was part of the people who couldn’t Doctor Huxtable could do this…. I am still in shock. With all the women empowering messages that show gave the world…… Chai…its too sad.

  6. Berrysheri

    July 27, 2015 at 9:47 am

    One or two maybe. But how did ONE person out of 35-40 women not come out and mention that he did this to them? 35-40! This is very very hard to believe.

    • onegirllikethat

      July 27, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Not so difficult to believe actually, The power of shame and fear of who will believe me? is far more powerful than you might think

    • Ashley

      July 27, 2015 at 10:36 am

      a) Some of them tried. b) No one would have believed them. 3) When he was powerful he threatened them. 4) he must have had people who enabled him and covered up for him. 5) his cup has now run over.

  7. Ada Ada

    July 27, 2015 at 10:00 am

    This is quite pathetic and upsetting. I really liked Bill Cosby. He stood for the epitome of fatherhood. Who would have known that he had a dark side (a lot of us do though…….lol). It’s a pity this caught up with him in his twilight years, when he should be living out the rest of his days in peace.

    Uwa di egwu o!

  8. Nne

    July 27, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Yet some people were insulting the woman that accused timaya, all because timaya is the celebrity. What if she was saying the truth…… When these women started speaking out, a lot of people di not believe them and kept saying ‘what were they looking for with bill cosby’ ‘ i am sure it was consensual but they didn’t gain anything’ ‘ is it not that their greed for a celebrity that pushed/allured them to him’….. etc etc…..even jill scott came out to type nonsense…. If they had not found these evidence against bill no one would have believed the women. I love the cosby show but disappointed with Mr bill

  9. mamaisabel

    July 27, 2015 at 10:33 am

    What will be said of Bill when he dies?! How will he be remembered?! With this, what legacy has he left his family?! Sin against an individual may be forgiven but sin against humanity…only God knows.

  10. jide

    July 27, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Bill Cosby the pareNting cop. Oh how the mighty has fallen

  11. mamaisabel

    July 27, 2015 at 11:09 am

    What will be said of Bill when he dies?! What would he be remembered by?! With this, what legacy has he left his family?! Sin against an individual can be forgiven but sin against humanity…only God knows.

  12. Tikka Masala

    July 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Dang………………………….!!!!!????!!!

  13. des

    July 27, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    My sympathy to all these women and every other woman that may have being abused one way or the other before. But why NOW? that is my sincere question, I believe this is some orchestration of some sort, I am not doubting the fact that this may have happened but why NOW?

    • Tunmi

      July 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      These women have been saying so since long ago. It took a man, as the first quote stated, who made a reference to it in his jokes, and the environment of 2015—the ubiquitous and self-driving social media to bring it to even greater attention.

      Note to the Nigerian Curriculum: Reading is fundamental, and so is critical thinking

  14. Cici

    July 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This people are seriously bent on destroying this guy. I wonder who he messed with in the Illuminati upper echelon, they will not rest until his career is totally on the floor. Poor dude, he better run to God and start working on plan B, or he is finished.

    • Tari

      July 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm

      You are a shame to humanity.

  15. Sunshine

    July 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Newyorker magazine should also indicate that they are all white. I guess the visual is obvious. But then some are telling the truth while, some are lying. As the adhage goes there are three sides to a story, his side, her side and the truth.

    • miini

      July 28, 2015 at 8:39 am

      They are not all white. Pls have ur facts b4 posting.

  16. Felinda

    July 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    America – The Decade of “BRING THE BLACK MAN DOWN” by any means necessary. Hmmm

    Since we are going to talk about ones SINS, lets talk about the Hundreds of WHITE MEN PEDOPHILES In Hollywood as we speak (and in Capital Hill DC – am talking about known politicians – you wonder where the hundreds of missing lil boys on Walmart notice boards went to, They are in pedophile rings in hidden places across the nation), who have molested hundreds of kids and still doing it. Not just any kids I am talking about Men Molesting Lil Boys. I hope one day they will post a photos of all the kids and the Disgusting men who molested them. Hundreds and Hundreds of lil boys are still being molested in Hollywood as we speak. They did it to Michael, They did it to Tevin Campbell, they Did it to the 2 Coreys and hundreds more. They are still doing it. So lets not rain all insults on Bill. I dont condone what he did, but his sin is no bigger than the atrocious sins of many white men in Hollywood who have gotten away with it for 100s of years.. Lets start with Charlie Sheen who molested late Corey. Dont take my word for it , do your own research. Its easy to find out. Let me shut my mouth cos i can imagine what i am talking about might be too deep and confusing to some.

    You guys worship these useless Hollywood celebrities but you have no idea, whats going on behind closed doors .If you knew the least, you will be utterly disgusted by ALLL of them. I cant stand All celebrities. Every single one of them,. I dont worship them like most do (whoever is trending, like Kim, Beyonce, etc etc , I dont give a “F”)

    • miini

      July 28, 2015 at 8:48 am

      @ Felinda Black pple and our victim complex. Bill Cosby is not a victim like u are trying to make him appear. If he did rape all those women, which I believe he did, then he is solely responsible for his actions and he sud bear the consequences.
      Turning it around and bringing up white men(like black pple like to do) doesn’t take away the fact that this black man is a twisted and perverted fellow. There are black pedophiles too, it is not strictly a white man thing. In fact in our neighborhoods and communities, u hear of ‘uncles’ who sexually assaulted little girls and boys. So let’s focus on the issue on ground and let’s stop being sentimental.

  17. Tari

    July 27, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    I find this Comment a bit worrying.
    You decode a man’s real character based on a fictional character he acts?
    Generally, I have a principle of all celebrities are as messed up as the rumour about them until they prove otherwise.
    Most use fame as a crutch for their inadequacies and insecurities.

  18. Viva

    July 28, 2015 at 6:59 am

    And they are all white! Someone shout hallelujah! Im so waiting for the day a news will break with the headline saying- Bill cosby did not rape me. I was driven my narcissistic hate and racism. White woman speaks up.

    • miini

      July 28, 2015 at 11:54 am

      They are not all white. Check ur facts b4 posting. There is a link that directed u to the original story. Take the pain of clicking on it and checking.

  19. Judge judy

    July 29, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    i guess this is a case of Res Ipsa Loquitur…. what defense can there be to 35 women that have nothing to gain from slandering this man????
    my verdict is guilty as charged

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