Lately it seems like the internet is abuzz with two things and two things only: the race riots relating to officer Darren Wilson’s “not guilty” verdict in Ferguson, MO and the seemingly endless rape allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.
American’s image of Cosby as the sweetest, most family-friendly black man on television has been absolutely decimated by gut-wrenching stories of abuse from his victims.
Cosby disregarded the allegations at a sold-out show recently saying he “Shouldn’t answer to innuendos” and telling people to “fact check.”
If the reports are true, Cosby has been systematically spiking women’s drinks with quaaludes since the mid ’60s into at least 2005. Here’s a timeline of his many victims:
1965 – Kristina Ruehli (came forward Nov. 21, 2014)
Ruehli, who met Cosby while working at a talent agency, “completely passed out” after being poured a mere two drinks and woke up to a shirtless Cosby trying to force her to have oral sex with him.
“He had his hand on my head. He had his c*ck out, and he had my head pushed close enough to it,” she said. “I just remember looking at his stomach hair. And the hair on his chest. I had never seen a black man naked before.”
1967 – Carla Ferrigno (came forward Nov. 20, 2014)
Lou Ferrigno’s wife Carla alleges that she was “one of the lucky ones” who escaped Cosby after her date at the time and Cosby’s wife left her alone with him.
He lunged at her as soon as everyone left the room, kissing her “really rough.” She retaliated, “pushed and jumped and ran” after he persisted but was understandably shaken up, later telling a friend who didn’t believe her.
Carla also told radio hosts in Los Angeles that Cosby’s wife Camille is fully aware of his behavior.
“I thought it was disgusting that she stayed with him because she knew.”
1969 – Joan Tarshis (came forward Nov. 16, 2014)
Tarshis, a writer and actress who “idolized” Cosby, first met him at the age of 19 while he was playing Chet Kincaid in the Bill Cosby Show (not to be confused with The Cosby Show, ’84). Via Hollywood Elsewhere:
The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. 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. 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.
1970 – Victoria Valentino (came forward Nov. 22, 2014)
Valentino, a former Playmate, was introduced to Cosby through friends. After a few meetings, they “popped pills” and went to his apartment where he grabbed her by the head and pushed her down towards his crotch.
Then he turned me over. It was like a waking nightmare.
1970 – Linda Joy Traitz (came forward Nov. 17, 2014)
One night, Traitz accepts a ride home from the co-owner of a cafe Traitz waitressed at who happened to be, you guessed it, Bill Cosby. Instead of taking her home, Cosby drove her to the beach and presented her with a “briefcase filled with assorted drugs.”
He began to get sexually aggressive and wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer.
After he grabbed her chest “all over,” Traitz “freaked out,” running down the beach while Cosby chased her and eventually convinced her to get back in the car.
1971 – Louisa Moritz (came forward Nov. 20, 2014)
Backstage before an appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Cosby allegedly approached actress Louisa Moritz (The Last American Virgin, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) in her dressing room, forcing his penis in her mouth and saying things like “Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways” and:
You don’t want to upset me and the plans for your future, do you?
1971 – Donna Motsinger (came forward Nov. 25, 2014)
The most recent to speak out against Cosby, Motsinger was a waitress at a jazz club in Cali at the time she was drugged and raped by the TV star.
1973 – Shawn Brown (came forward 2005)
Shawn Brown has the distinction of being both the only woman Cosby admitted to having an affair with but also the only woman to claim Cosby fathered her child.
Brown tells the Daily Mail that Cosby sent her a check for $750 after her daughter Autumn Jackson, was born and that she believes he raped her after previously having consensual sex because she wasn’t “freaky enough for him.” She says she started feeling “more than drowsy” after Cosby and a male friend gave her a joint and some Scotch.
I knew I had had sex. My whole body ached. There was no place that was untouched.
1976 – Therese Serignese (came forward Nov. 20, 2014)
I felt powerless, I didn’t know what to do, and the drugs certainly enhanced that.
She woke up to a naked Cosby and no recollection of prior events, bent over and “not knowing how to get out of there.”
’70s (unspecified) – Tamara Green (came forward Feb. 2005)
Green, a lawyer practicing out of California, said on The Today Show that Cosby gave her “two blue pills” at a restaurant, drove her to her apartment, took her clothes off and groped and kissed in her bed, eventually leaving $200 on her coffee table before exiting the building.
’70s (unspecified) – Joyce Emmons (came forward Nov. 22, 2014)
As the owner of a comedy club in Newport Beach, Emmons was an insider to Cosby’s partying habits who claims he had a whole “drawer full of drugs” that both male and female friends of Cosby’s would take “knowingly and voluntarily.”
Her story begins with a headache and ends with Cosby and a man who had hit on her earlier in the evening standing over her naked body.
Emmons says she confronted Bill and demanded to know what drug she took, and he laughed and said it was “just a Quaalude.”
1982 – Janice Dickinson (came forward Nov. 18, 2014)
The supermodel, former America’s Next Top Model judge, Surreal Life cast member and author says she met with Cosby in Lake Tahoe to discuss a singing career and woke up bottomless and in pain with him on top of her in a “patchwork robe.”
The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.
Dickinson said she had included the story in her 2001 autobiography, No Lifeguard on Duty, but her publishers were afraid of legal action and forced her to exclude it.
1982 – Renita Chaney Hill (came forward Nov. 20, 2014)
Renita Hill alleges multiple incidences of abuse at Cosby’s hands, saying she began what she thought of as a “fatherlike mentoring relationship” that involved visits to his hotel room in 1982 when she was 15 years old until 1986. While she says she doesn’t know for sure if she was raped because she was unconscious, Hill says she “put two and two together” when she noticed that she could never remember anything from the night before after accepting a single drink from Cosby.
He would tell me that if I didn’t drink, I couldn’t come see him.
1984 – Beth Ferrier (came forward June 23, 2005)
Ferrier, a model at the time, says she Cosby spiked her coffee before a performance in Denver and that she woke up in the back of her car terrified and hazy.
My clothes were a mess. My bra was undone. My top was untucked. And I’m sitting there going, ‘Oh my God. Where am I?’ What’s going on? I was so out of it. It was just awful.
1986 – Barbara Bowman (came forward June 9, 2006)
Barbara Bowman, another former model and aspiring actress, says Cosby began the abuse by making her act “completely wasted” while he stroked her neck and chest. Later, during an incident in a Reno, NV hotel, things escalated.
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.
’80s (not specified) – Jewel Allison (came forward Nov. 24, 2014)
Model Jewel Allison was introduced to Bill Cosby through her agent. Nothing happened during their first meeting at his New York townhouse where he promised to give her career advice, but on her second visit he poured her a glass of wine that quickly rendered her unconscious.
Allison, who refers to Cosby as “America’s greatest serial rapist” and a “sick sociopath,” recalls him taking her hand and guiding it to his penis.
1992 – Angela Leslie (came forward Nov. 21, 2014)
Leslie shares a similar tale to Barbara Bowman, telling the New York Daily News that Cosby seemed to become aroused when, at his request, she pretended to be intoxicated.
Later, after a weird encounter in the mirror and refusing to actually drink, he removed his clothing, got into bed, poured lotion in her hand and guided it to his genitals.
With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis. He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock.
I didn’t drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn’t pass out, he decided to get rid of me. I felt so used.
1995 – Michelle Hurd (came forward: Nov. 20, 2014)
Like both Leslie and Bowman, Hurd described being urged to do “weird acting exercises” by Cosby. After a cameo on The Cosby Mysteries in the mid-’90s, Hurd avoided the fate of so many other woman by declining an invitation to his house where he offered her a shower so he could blow dry her hair to “see what it looked like straightened.”
Hurd said Cosby did “move his hands up and down my body” and was generally “very inappropriate” with her.
2000 – La’Chele Covington (came forward March 2, 2000)
La’Chele Covington reported Cosby in March of 2000 for making an unwanted advance after meeting with him for career advice. (She appeared on CBS’ Cosby, which ran from 1996-2000.) Cosby proceeded to take her to his townhouse after dinner one night and reportedly began rubbing his hands on her buttocks as a “relaxation technique.”
Sources say she ran out of the house traumatized after he “put her hand under his T-shirt and guided it south toward his sweatpants.”
2004 – Andrea Constand (came forward Jan. 13, 2005)
Andrea Constand is most pivotal in informing the public of Cosby’s true nature and encouraging other women to come forward. Constand, credited by Deadspin and many other sites credit her as the woman “who brought down Bill Cosby,” filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2005 and even convinced 13 anonymous women with similar stories to testify.
Two years after meeting Cosby the former women’s college basketball program director and player alleged in her report that she “felt woozy” after he gave her three blue pills that he claimed were an “herbal remedy” and digitally violated her.