And this is just one victim’s story out of an alleged 14…
Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim Speaks Out
Hannibal Burress opened a can of worms with his recent stand-up comments about the sordid (and often-ignored) past of Bill Cosby. Whispers of rape allegations have shadowed the comedian for years, but are still widely unknown due to his squeaky-clean family image. However, bolstered by the attention landing back on the assault rumors, one victim is stepping forward to detail exactly what happened to her at the hands of Bill Cosby.
When comedian Hannibal Buress delivered his recent merciless tongue-lashing at Bill Cosby, calling him a serial ‘rapist’, there was one woman who was paying particularly close attention.
When Barbara Bowman was a teenager she was emotionally and sexually abused by the TV star and in an exclusive interview with MailOnline she describes in chilling detail how Cosby manipulated her into believing he was a father figure and took advantage of her youth, vulnerability and yes, even ambition, to have his way with her over and over again.
Barbara, now 47, says it’s time to end her code of silence — a silence that at least 13 other victims have followed — spanning three decades.
‘I’m finally revealing all of my full story in hopes that others will learn to read the tell-tale signs of abuse and not wait as long as I did. No one believed me for years. They said Bill would never do that. That it was preposterous. But I’m putting my name out there and standing behind these words, just like Burress. No more code of silence.’
Now, 25 years after the multiple incidents of drugging, sexual assault, and even rape at the hands of the now 77-year-old Cosby, Barbara said: ‘I’ve been silent too long. It’s time to raise a fuss. I’m a real person that this happened to. And it’s taken decades to get over what he did to me.
‘I thank Hannibal Burress for speaking out over and over again, despite the threats from the Industry that it could ruin his career. He is standing up for me and the other women who are too afraid to speak out.
Is THAT what he’s doing?? If she says so…
Barbara detailed how she was hand-picked to audition with Cosby one-on-one, which escalated to her being hand-picked by him for private acting lessons, which eventually snowballed into him flying her all over the country to meet him backstage at his stand-up shows. In the course of these learning sessions and travel, Bill allegedly made multiple passes at the 17-year-old, which she claims to have been uncomfortable with and initially fought off:
Barbara said there were times she’d push him away, but then she’d give in. It was Reno, Nevada. 1986. Cosby’s hotel suite was darkened.
‘He turned out all the lights. It was completely pitch black. He laid me down on the couch and started caressing and touching me all over. Then he put my hand on his penis, covering it with his hand. He had me masturbate him. I couldn’t see what was going on. When it was over, I ran out of the room and threw up.
‘It was so invasive and frightening and humiliating. There was no way I could tell my mother. I couldn’t even admit it to myself. I tried to convince myself that I’d imagined it. That it was a one-time thing, that it wouldn’t happen again. And I was paralyzed with fear.
It did happen again. Barbara calls it ‘the apartment incident.’
Hit the flip for more of Barbara’s disturbing story…
‘He invited me to his New York brownstone for dinner. Staff was there. We ate in the kitchen. I had one glass of red wine with dinner.
My next recollection is me, coming to, slumped over the toilet bowl, throwing up. I was wearing a man’s white t-shirt and my panties.
‘The t-shirt was not mine. Bill was standing over me, holding my hair out of my face as I threw up. I had no idea how I’d gotten there. I’d had one glass of wine with dinner. He was trying to soothe me with his words, “It will be okay. It’s okay.”
‘By the time I came to, the staff was gone. No one in the house but us. And as the fogginess lifted, he escorted me to the couch where I recovered. I then got dressed and he called me a cab.
‘I was mystified. It was a sick pit in my stomach, knowing that I was out of control over the last undetermined amount of time. And that I was undressed, while he was in a white robe, and how had I gotten there?
Barbara is certain she was drugged by Cosby. And she believes raped by him too.
‘I know for sure he forced himself multiple times upon me and since he needed to create an environment in which I could not fight him, I can’t in all honesty say that I recall penetration because at that time I was in a vacant state of mind, as I was often drugged and brainwashed.
‘Whatever drug he gave me, didn’t allow me to think clearly when it was over and done with. It didn’t register that I should be panicking. It was like amnesia almost. It was like what a lobotomy would do to you. I couldn’t even think clearly when I was awake. I was vacant.’
That had to be pretty frightening. But if she was so afraid, what prompted her to keep going back??
‘I wasn’t completely aware of the dissection of my spirit and what was really happening. I had a sense of obligation to give Bill 100 percent.
‘My brain was telling me not to believe it, like I was imagining it not to be true, so much so that I rationalized it away. Pushed it away. If I ignored it, it didn’t exist. It was a small price to pay. I thought this was all part of the deal.’
Every time Barbara boarded a plane, at Cosby’s request, she would ‘pray and pray’ on the way to meeting him that this time it wouldn’t happen again.
‘After all, here I was, picked out of millions of girls, groomed to be a superstar, by a superstar, one of the most important, trustworthy, influential figures in America at that time.’
In fact, Cosby so believed in Barbara’s talents, that he moved her into a small apartment in Manhattan to take acting classes at HB Studios in the West Village.
‘Bill was my benefactor for sure. Though the agreement was that once I started booking jobs, I’d repay that loan.’
Meanwhile, the sexual and emotional abuse continued.
‘I told myself that it wasn’t going to happen anymore. Yet it did.’
Hit the flip for a description of what Barbara calls “the last straw” in she and Bill’s affair…
The last straw occurred in Atlantic City, where Cosby was performing. He flew in Barbara to be with him. By this point, the scenario was obvious.
‘A car picked me up at the airport. I went to my penthouse hotel room. But my luggage didn’t arrive. I called the concierge to inquire where my bag was, before I went to bed.’
Oddly, Barbara awoke that next morning to discover her luggage had been placed inside her room, part of Cosby suite.
‘Who delivered the bag? Certainly, the concierge wouldn’t have entered my room unannounced. Once again I wondered what happened after I’d fallen asleep.Then, Bill summoned me into his room. There, he berated me, “What the hell is the matter with you! How dare you have no discretion! You know you’re supposed to be discreet. You’ve embarrassed me. You were drunk.”
‘He freaked out that I disclosed to the concierge the fact that a 19-year-old girl was calling from his penthouse. He couldn’t handle it. He throws me down on his bed and jumps on top of me. He used his forearm to pin me down by the neck.
‘He was trying to unbuckle his belt and take down his pants. I’ll never forget the sound of the clinking of his belt buckle. He couldn’t get his belt off. I’m screaming for help and trying to wrestle out of his grip while he’s trying to get his belt off and he’s trying to pull my pants down at the same time. I couldn’t get out from under him.
‘I didn’t stop screaming. He realizes I’m not stopping. He finally gets to a point of frustration and decides it’s too much trouble and he doesn’t want to risk it. He gets off me and calls me a “baby.” That’s when he throws me out.
‘Within days, Barbara was also thrown out of the Roslyn house, subsidized by Bill and her agent. She was forced to get on a plane home to Denver that day, without even getting a chance to get her personal belongings. The landlord had locked her out.
‘I’d already paid rent. I knew this was no coincidence. Earlier that day, the manager at the grocery store I was working at, told me I had an urgent phone call. It was Bill. He reemed me out and basically told me I was finished. I hung up my apron and walked out the door. I was told I was going home to Denver. Immediately.’
Barbara later sued the landlord and won back her personal belongings, plus $830.77 in damages. But things got much worse when Barbara returned to her mother’s Denver home. Her high-powered agent and friend of Cosby’s ordered her to take a drug test and a pregnancy test. Both lab results were negative.
Damn. That was quite a lot to take in…what do you think of her story Bossip fam?