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The number of women accusing Bill Cosby of alleged sexual assault continues to grow, with nearly 20 women now claiming that they were drugged and assaulted by the comedian. Cosby’s attorneys have vigorously denied all allegations and Cosby himself has dismissed the claims as "innuendos."
Seventy-three-year-old Donna Motsinger says she was of the 11 "Jane Doe" victims who were prepared to give testimony in a 2005 civil rape case against the comedian, but the suit was settled out of court before any victims were called to testify.
"I asked him for an asprin and I took that pill," Motsinger told Et. "The next thing that I remember from that moment on is that I woke up in the back of that limousine, with his hands all over me. I passed out again and the next thing I remember, I woke up in my apartment, in my bed »
Bill Cosby, who has been called "America's Dad," has had five children of his own with wife Camille: Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa, and Evin. And the 77-year-old entertainer's family life has been touched by difficulties - and tragedy. Cosby's daughters, and his wife of more than 50 years have always been fiercely private, and they have not spoken publicly on the current controversy surrounding the comedian, who stands accused of sexual abuse by more than a dozen women. Struck by TragedyThe couple's only son, Ennis, was murdered in 1997. He was shot to death at age 27 during an attempted robbery on »
- Aurelie Corinthios, @acorinthios
As Bill Cosby's accusers continue to come forward with allegations of sexual assault, it's difficult to ask questions about the comedian's past without wondering how the controversy affects the woman who stood by his side for more than 50 years. Camille Cosby, 70, was recently seen sitting quietly next to her husband while a reporter for the Associated Press asked questions about the allegations. The original intent of the interview was to address how the couple lent their own art to a Smithsonian exhibit, but Camille fell silent as her husband implored the reporter to "scuttle" the line of questioning. Other »
- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice
Bill Cosby has been cut as the headliner of an upcoming university fundraiser at the same time another Jane Doe from a 2005 lawsuit against Cosby has stepped forward to tell her story, saying she has felt like a "coward" for remaining quiet. Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., announced in a statement on Wednesday that it had canceled Cosby's Dec. 5 appearance "as recent developments have overshadowed the Fhu Benefit Dinner’s mission of helping students." Dr. Ben Carson will replace Cosby. Joe Wiley, president of the private Christian university, said in the statement: “As important as this event is
- Diana Swartz
After posting a shocking photo of herself swollen and bloody, Roseanne Barr says she was just joking about getting in a "tussle" with Bill Cosby. Early on Wednesday, the comedian allegedly Tweeted a photo of herself looking beaten with the caption: "tussle w bill cosby." She followed up a minute later, Tweeting, "U should see that mfer." Rarely one to apologize, Barr, 62, deleted her Tweets and stated that she was only joking. "Got a chemical peel to look more sexier. Joked about tussling cosby," she Tweeted a couple of hours later. Photos: The Evolution of the Bill Cosby Scandal A frequent Tweeter, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
Bill Cosby is outraged by the torrent of sexual assault allegations ... calling them "unsubstantiated accusations."But the guy who fits the Bill is actually Mayor Bill Cosby from Bevier, Mo. He tells us he's just sick over the accusations and what it's done to the legendary comedian.Mayor Bill met his namesake at one of Cosby's concerts back in June. Hizzoner has affection for Cosby and is hoping and praying the stories are all rubbish. »
- TMZ Staff
The list of accusers just keeps getting longer. Two days after actress Renita Chaney Hill alleged Bill Cosby used to sexually abuse her when she was a teenager, a woman from Taos, New Mexico has added her name to the list. Donna Motsinger, 73, claims she was one of the 12 Jane Does who testified against the Cosby Show star in the 2005 civil rape case filed by former Temple University athletics director Andrea Constand. And Motsinger (who claims she was Jane Doe number eight) says she [...] »
Author Mark Whitaker has acknowledged that he should have addressed the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby in his recently published biography Cosby: His Life and Times. "I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively," he Tweeted on Monday in response to a column penned by The New York Times's David Carr. "I am following new developments and will address them at the appropriate time," Whitaker continued. "If true the stories are shocking and horrible." When asked by The Daily Beast about why he chose not to include the accusations, »
- Tara Fowler, @waterfowlerta
A firestorm of controversy surrounds comedian Bill Cosby after multiple allegations have surfaced claiming that he sexually assaulted numerous women, with alleged incidents dating as far back as 1969.
The 77-year-old is known around the world for his role as the lovable father Heathcliff Huxtable on the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show, and for having a stand-up comedy career that spans five decades. However, beginning in 2004, various claims of sexual assault and date rape began being leveled against Cosby.
News: Bill Cosby Alleged Rape Victim Speaks Out: 'Why Wasn't I Believed?'
Cosby has never been charged in any criminal case regarding any of these accusations, and through attorneys has repeatedly denied that any of the allegations are true. Cosby himself briefly addressed the claims, telling Florida Today, "I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos."
To bring clarity to a complex series of troubling accounts, this timeline »
Thirty years ago this fall, The Cosby Show debuted on NBC, and its star was catapulted into the comedic stratosphere. The timing is prime, then, for the release of a sprawling biography. Written by former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker, Cosby: His Life and Times documents the man’s rise from the Philadelphia projects, while also detailing the creation of his family sitcom and the murder of his son Ennis in 1997. The book is notable, however, for its complete avoidance of sexual abuse allegations that have dogged Cosby for more than a decade. In a statement to Buzzfeed's Kate Aurthur, Whitaker says, "I didn’t want to print allegations that I couldn’t confirm independently." Regardless, their absence is glaring. Consider the following timeline an appendix to the book. November 2002 Andrea Constand, director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, allegedly met with Bill Cosby. Constand claims that Cosby, »
- Matt Giles,Nate Jones
Bill Cosby may have lost some concert dates here and there, but he's not losing the support of Spelman College ... the institution he has richly funded.An official from Spelman -- which received a $20 million gift from Cosby and his wife Camille -- tells TMZ they have not had a single conversation to change anything regarding Cosby's relationship with the college in the wake of the torrent of sexual assault allegations.The school dedicated »
- TMZ Staff
Bill Cosby's assurances to the parents of an aspiring 17-year-old model from Maryland paved the way for her to move to New York City in 1988. What followed, however, caused that woman, Jena T. - now 44, who asked People not to use her full last name - to join the list of Jane Does who talked with attorneys in 2005 and 2006 to support another woman's allegations of sexual assault by Cosby. That other woman's claim was settled out of court. And as some of those Jane Does, now joined by even more women, speak publicly for the first time about what happened to them, »
- Jeff Truesdell, @jhtruesdell
Hindsight is 20/20 for Bill Cosby biographer Mark Whitaker. The journalist, 57, penned Cosby: His Life and Times, a story of the actor's life, and famously left out the decades of sexual abuse allegations made against Cosby -- a decision he is now questioning. Whitaker addressed his controversial move on Monday, Nov. 24, after being named in a New York Times column by famed media critic David Carr. In a piece entitled "Calling Out Bill Cosby's Media Enablers, Including Myself," Carr writes on the media and public's [...] »
Hannibal Buress didn't really say anything about Bill Cosby that wasn't already out there with the help of a Google search. But for whatever reason, the crack that the comedian made now (or, more accurately, in mid-October) in which he referred to the revered funnyman as a rapist was the key tremor that resulted in the avalanche of allegations, controversy and hindsight-is-20/20 analysis currently enveloping Cosby. The former sitcom star's attorney has flatly denied mounting claims from, at last count, 16 women who have come forward as alleged Cosby victims, but it seems as though every day a new person has surfaced with a story alleging an assault or attempted assault. Since there has been so much to »
This weekend brought a tidal wave of additional allegations against Bill Cosby.
Legally, the statute of limitations has passed and Cosby cannot be charged with any crime, but Monday came word of a possible class action lawsuit, and claims from yet another alleged victim.
Deeply emotional for many reasons, Victoria Valentino, now 71, claims she met Cosby in 1969, not long after her son, Tony, tragically drowned. She claims Cosby gave her a red pill to make her feel better.
Watch: Bill Cosby Scandal: Alleged Victim Shares Her Story
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As new accusations of sexual assaults continue to surface, one of Bill Cosby's former co-stars is coming to his defense. Kimberly Russell, who played Cosby's daughter in the 1990 film Ghost Dad, on Monday told Et's Brooke Anderson Cosby always treated her professionally.
News: Accuser to Bill Cosby: Take Up For Women, Try to Do Something Heroic
"I was alone with him," Russell told Et. "There were times when I would have to rehearse a scene in his trailer or he would come to my trailer and he was 100 percent respectful and never inappropriate."
Russell, who was in her 20s when she worked with the embattled comedian, said that she never felt uncomfortable around Cosby and considers the allegations against him to be "totally out of character" of the Cosby that she knows and respects.
News: Former NBC Employee Says He 'Felt Like a Pimp' Working with Cosby
"Personally I find [the allegations] shocking," said Russell »
Author Mark Whitaker admits he was wrong to not mention any of the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby in his recent biography about the star. In a Nov. 24 column, the New York Times' David Carr criticized Whitaker for ignoring the claims in his book Cosby: His Life and Times. Pointing out that four accusers had gone public by the time Whitaker was working on the book, Carr wrote that Whitaker should have investigated the claims, adding that "any book of the size and scope of Mr. Whitaker’s should have gone there." Whitaker responded by acknowledging on Twitter that he regrets the
- Ryan Gajewski
"I felt like a pimp," former NBC employee Frank Scotti told the Today show, claiming he used to stand guard outside Bill Cosby's dressing room door whenever the comedian would invite young models to the Brooklyn studio where The Cosby Show was taped from 1984 to 1992. "I felt dirty." Scotti, 90, who first came forward with his claims in an interview with the New York Daily News on Sunday, is the first show insider to detail the comedy icon's alleged womanizing. He also claims to have distributed cash payments to Cosby's female friends and once helped secure an apartment for »
- Johnny Dodd, @Johnny_Dodd
Bill Cosby has had a partial collapse of his concert tour with various cancellations, but one venue will not 86 his act ... even though it wants to Badly.The Hanover Theatre in Massachusetts wants out of its deal for a show in February, but a rep for the venue tells us their hands are tied because it was booked through a promoter who won't cancel.The rep says, according to the deal, only the promoter has »
- TMZ Staff
Another former model has come forward to say Bill Cosby forced sexual contact with her when she was a young model, reports the New York Daily News. In a now-familiar narrative, Brooklyn resident Jewel Allison says her agent, Sue Charney, introduced her to Cosby in the late 1980s during the height of his popularity with The Cosby Show. [Charney also repped alleged Cosby assault victim Janice Dickinson]. Charney told the young woman to go to Cosby's brownstone for a dinner party. It was Allison's birthday and she thought her agent had arranged a dinner with her role model as a gift, according
- Soo Youn
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