Another Cosby Rape Accuser Steps Forward

Joan Tarshis says comedian drugged and raped her twice when she was 19
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2014 7:38 AM CST
Another Cosby Rape Accuser Steps Forward
Entertainer and Navy veteran Bill Cosby speaks during a Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at the the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – The sex assault accusations against Bill Cosby keep snowballing. After a week in which one of his more vocal accusers, Barbara Bowman, hit the media circuit, a new accuser has come forward. Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere says "old friend [and] journalist" Joan Tarshis has now revealed her own alleged experiences with Cosby in 1969, when she was just 19 years old. She tells Wells that the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions and that even though Cosby didn't drink himself, he always made her a "redeye" (a Bloody Mary topped with beer); in one instance after she drank one, she says she woke up naked in his hotel bed; another time she says she woke up as she was being undressed and was subsequently raped.

"Through the haze 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," she says. "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." Cosby appeared on NPR's Weekend Edition on Saturday, where Scott Simon pressed him about the "serious allegations raised"; Cosby said nothing and his lawyer yesterday dismissed the "decade-old, discredited allegations. In a follow-up tweet, Simon notes, "The charges against Mr. Cosby have not been 'discredited' as his atty suggests. There were out of court settlements"; more from Simon on the interview here. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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