Queen Latifah and her crew have reportedly pulled the plug on her interview with Bill after allegations recently resurfaced that the TV dad raped multiple women, including actress Barbara Bowman, 46.
Bill Cosby, 77, was set to stop by The Queen Latifah Show to promote his new comedy tour, but the talk show host has reportedly canceled his appearance in light of sexual assault allegations that reemerged when comedian Hannibal Buress, 31, called Bill a “rapist” during a stand-up show in Philadelphia on Oct. 16.
Queen Latifah: Bill Cosby Interview Canceled After Rape Allegations
Bill has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 13 women in the past, and although there are no new allegations at this time, Hannibel’s comments, coupled with Barbara Bowman‘s shocking account of Bill’s alleged abuse, have cast a dark shadow over the once beloved comedian.
Now it seems Queen Latifah, 44, wants to keep her distance too.
“Latifah honchos didn’t want the association so the 86’d Cosby,” production sources tell TMZ. “They’re particularly sensitive because a video from Latifah’s show just went viral, showing a 13-year-old gay kid going crazy on the show after winning VIP Ru Paul tickets.”
Barbara claims in a new interview with the UK’s Daily Mail that Bill allegedly drugged, sexually assaulted and raped her when she was a teenager.
“I was drugged and raped by that man,” Barbara told the paper. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.” (See photos of Barbara here.)
Bill settled a lawsuit filed by Barbara and multiple other women in 2006, according to Newsweek, but she’s speaking out again now “in hopes that others will learn to read the tell-tale signs of abuse and not wait as long as I did.”
“I’ve been silent too long. It’s time to raise a fuss,” she said. “I’m a real person that this happened to. And it’s taken decades to get over what he did to me.”
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— Tierney McAfee