Venues in Washington state and Connecticut have become the latest to cancel appearances by comedian Bill Cosby amidst a growing scandal over reports Cosby drugged and raped women over a period of four decades. At least 18 women have now accused Cosby of sexual assault, including former model Jewel Allison, who told the New York Daily News, “We may be looking at America’s greatest serial rapist that ever got away with this for the longest amount of time.”
Jewel Allison: “Why this case now, I believe, is holding a lot of weight is that we’re having a series of women, finally, thank God, coming out and saying, 'This happened to me,' 'This happened to me,' 'This happened to me, too.' And so, even if you blacked out or you don’t remember the entire rape or the entire assault, there’s strength in numbers.”
A former NBC employee, Frank Scotti, told the Daily News he acted as a fixer for Cosby, guarding his dressing room while he was inside with young models, and helping Cosby pay off eight women. Reports have also focused on the media’s role, particularly since claims against Cosby surfaced years ago. Robin Mizrahi, a former reporter for the National Enquirer tabloid, told The Guardian she filed a story in 2005 about a woman who accused Cosby of drugging and assaulting her. But under pressure from Cosby’s attorneys, her editors killed the story in exchange for a favorable, front-page interview with Cosby.