Twenty-seven women who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them spoke out on NBC’s Dateline in a joint hourlong interview, conducted by NBC News national correspondent Kate Snow, that aired Friday night.
The women sat down with Snow to give their testimonies of being sexually assaulted, coincidentally on the same day that Cosby was scheduled to be deposed for the lawsuit from Judy Huth, who claims she was assaulted in 1974. The women tearfully exclaimed that coming together and realizing that they were not alone has been the biggest relief so far.
“I’m not afraid anymore,” said Chelan Lasha. “It’s been a pleasure meeting everyone and it’s been a pleasure knowing that I’m not alone anymore.”
Although each of the women shared separate experiences with Cosby, most of the women agreed that they were seduced by him from an invitation to audition or practice scripts, which led to being immediately drugged by Cosby and later raped. Most of the woman found that Cosby would use similar language with each of them, calling them the “it girl” or persuading each of them to “let loose” during auditions.
Among the women who sat down with Snow was supermodel Beverly Johnson who decided to come forward about her experience because of her “conscience and principles”. Barbara Bowman, a theater arts major who was introduced to Cosby through her agent, recalled disturbing experiences with Cosby that made her too nervous to tell her agent.
“Everytime I would flinch he would say, ‘no no no you’ve got to relax,'” said Bowman. “Then he started to go lower into my breast area. I thought this was very odd, but I was nervous and afraid.”
Although most of the women exclaimed that they woke up feeling drugged with a faded memory of what happened after accepting a drink from Cosby, none of the women decided to report the incidents after they occurred. Many of the women felt that Cosby’s starpower would triumph over their accusations and one woman even chose to blame herself before blaming the actor.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter