A fourteenth woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of rape. Former publicist Joan Tarshis claims the comic drugged and raped her on two separate occasions when she was a teenager in 1969.
The rape allegations against Bill Cosby, 77, are not going away. Now another woman, music journalist Joan Tarshis, is alleging that Bill sexually assaulted her twice in 1969, claiming she once “woke up naked on his couch after he drugged her.”
Bill Cosby: New Rape Allegations Surface — Woman Claims He Attacked Her At 19
Joan describes the alleged attacks in detail in a new essay published on Hollywood Elsewhere on Nov. 16, saying she was inspired to finally speak out by the other women who have come forward with similar stories.
In the essay, Joan recalls how, as an aspiring writer of 19, Bill invited her to his bungalow to work on his comedy with him. He poured her a drink and “the next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed,” she claims.
“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,” Joan continues. “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.”
Joan says Bill later called her parents and invited the three of them to one of his shows. She recalls feeling pressured to accept his invitation, and they ended up going to the show together in his car, where he allegedly gave her another drink. After the show, Joan says she could barely stand so she asked Bill’s chauffeur to drive her home.
“The next thing I remember was waking up in [Bill’s] bed back at the Sherry, naked,” Joan claims. “I remember thinking, ‘You old s***, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me.'”
Joan stayed silent for 20 years.
“During those years as I grew into adulthood, I watched Cosby be praised by everyone from Presidents to Oprah to the Jello Corporation. It all made me ill.”
Joan tells The Wrap that she finally found the courage to come forward after actress Barbara Bowman shared her story with MailOnline in October 2014 and then again in a column for the Washington Post in November.
“I thought nobody would believe me because of his image, you know, whiter than snow,” Joan tells The Wrap.
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, Barbara claims that Bill drugged and raped her several times in the 1980s, when she was around 18. Bill has faced similar allegations from a total of 14 women, including Joan and Barbara.
Bill Cosby Won’t ‘Dignify’ Rape Accusations With A Response
After falling silent when asked about the accusations by NPR’s Scott Simon, Bill released the following statement through his lawyer on Nov. 16:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
We know this is a lot to unpack, HollywoodLifers, but what do YOU think of the new claims made against Bill? Do you believe Joan’s story? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
— Tierney McAfee