FL Woman Latest to Accuse Cosby of Forced Sex – Associated Press Releases Interview, Proving They Protected This Rapist

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2014-11-20 by Call Me Sunshine

EDITORIAL: Not only is the massive network of sexual predators in entertainment being exposed more everyday now, we can also see below how one of the top media sources out there protected this rapist until Bill’s house of cards collapsed around the entire industry over the past several weeks.

The reason these criminals have reached such power and influence is because they ALL stick together. Predators protect each other. We watch everyday as media and entertainment industries protect predators and pimps and promote sex slavery and violent hardcore pornography. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the connection. Our society has become a massive sea of celebrity worshipers and the celebrities being worshiped have been raping children and women while society helps makes them rich and powerful.

It’s time to take the power back, stop worshiping criminals and satanists and START PROTECTING THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who came forward Thursday became the fourth in recent weeks to say Bill Cosby gave her pills that made he feel groggy then forced himself on her sexually.

Therese Serignese, now 57 and a nurse in Boca Raton, said the television icon raped her in 1976 when she was 19 years old following a show in Las Vegas. She said she went backstage and when the two were alone, Cosby gave her two pills and a glass of water, saying, “Take these.”

“My next memory is clearly feeling drugged, being without my clothes, standing up,” she said. “Bill Cosby was behind me, having sex with me.”

Dozens of Cosby’s television and comedy colleagues have either refused to comment or not returned telephone calls from the AP in recent days.

The allegations by Serignese and three others are similar:

— Barbara Bowman, an aspiring actress, said in a Nov. 13 Washington Post column that she was 17 and blacked out after Cosby drugged her, waking up to find herself in panties and a man’s t-shirt with the television icon looming over her. She said she was certain she was raped.

— Joan Tarshis on Monday said she was 19-year-old who wanted to be a comedy writer when Cosby gave her a drink and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

— Janice Dickinson on Tuesday told “Entertainment Tonight” that Cosby had given her red wine and a pill when they were together in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room in 1982. Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said in a letter to the AP that Dickinson’s charges were “false and outlandish.”

Serignese says after the alleged rape, she willingly stayed with Cosby in Las Vegas for some time, but could not specify how long or whether the two had sex again during their time together. The two also maintained sporadic contact for years after the alleged rape.

Cosby spokesman David Brokaw did not respond to a request for comment. Cosby’s lawyer, in a statement released Sunday, criticized previous “decade-old, discredited allegations,” stating that “the fact that they are being repeated does not make them true.”

The 77-year-old television star’s attempt at a career comeback has been collapsing in recent days as the abuse allegations resurfaced. This week Netflix said it was postponing a comedy special it had planned with Cosby to air later this month; NBC said it was stopping development of a sitcom with him and TV Land pulled reruns of “The Cosby Show” off the air.

Serignese said she filed a statement with Philadelphia police in January 2005 detailing her allegations and provided a copy of that statement to The Associated Press. The AP could not confirm Thursday that a report had been filed with the Philadelphia police department. She had agreed to testify on behalf of Andrea Constand, a Pennsylvania woman who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby and settled before the case when to trial.

In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Serignese said she was standing in a Hilton gift shop when she felt someone approach her, put his arm around her and say, “Will you marry me?” When she turned around, it was Cosby. She said they had a friendly conversation and he invited her to the show.

Afterward, she said she was escorted to the green room, where she said the rape took place.

Serignese said she returned to the hotel sometime after the rape and stayed with Cosby for numerous nights, though she said she couldn’t remember precisely when or for how long. She said she also cannot remember if they had sex again, but recalled other details, including an expansive penthouse suite with a sunken living room, pinball machine and Miles Davis records littered on the floor. She said she eventually thought she might be pregnant and Cosby told her to leave.

Several years later around 1980 or 1981, she said, Cosby invited her to Lake Tahoe, saying he wanted to give her Louis Vuitton luggage, but she declined. Years after that, she said, she reached out to him when he was performing in the Detroit area, where she said she went to his hotel room after the show. She said he had encouraged her to go back to school and could not remember whether the two had sex.

Her last contact with Cosby, she said, was in 1996. She had been badly hurt in a car accident and moved to Florida to live with a sister who reached out to the comedian seeking financial support. He asked to speak with Serignese, she said, and yelled at her, asking why she was calling him after so many years.

Serignese said Cosby sent her $10,000 via Western Union. A couple days later, she said she received a second payment of $5,000 from his management company, the William Morris Agency. She provided a letter from the management company signed by William Morris agent Tom Illius who represented Bill Cosby at the time. Illius died in 2011.

She said Constand’s attorneys agreed to represent her but she decided not to sue. An attorney involved in the civil case could not comment because of the settlement’s confidentiality clause.

“There’s no DNA. There’s no evidence. There was no cameras. There’s no videotaping back then. There’s no proof,” she said. “It’s just my word against Bill Cosby.”

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AP Television Writer David Bauder in New York contributed to this story.

 

Alleged Rapist Bill Cosby Bullies Reporter, Explains How Life Works

Tim Marchman – Today 10:46am

The problem with most conspiracy theories about how the media works is that they assume power exerts itself overtly. The truth is that it doesn’t have to. Journalists are rarely told by powerful or influential people not to cover certain stories; they usually simply decline to cover them out of a variety of motives, some nobler and some less so.

The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates wrestled with this in an unusually honest piece yesterday in which he explained why he’d only briefly mentioned rape allegations against Bill Cosby in a 2008 profile. His motives—an awareness that to write about the allegations would totally change the nature of the profile, and that given where he was in his career in 2008, tearing the piece down and rebuilding it wasn’t really an option—are understandable, but the end result was that he let a powerful person go unchallenged, and ended up telling something less than the truth as he knew it.

In the video above, though, which is more than a little reminiscent of the Donald Sterling tapes, Cosby speaks aloud what usually goes unspoken. When an Associated Press reporter asks him about the accusations, a visibly contemptuous Cosby resorts to the majestic plural in explaining why he won’t be commenting, suggesting that he’s not a person but a concern, or an enterprise. After the interview, he asks the reporter to assure him that no one will ever know about this.

Can I get something from you, that none of that will be shown? I’m asking your integrity that since I didn’t want to say anything but I did answer you, in terms of I don’t want to say anything, of what value will it have … I would appreciate it if it were scuttled.

Cosby goes back and forth a bit with the reporter and his producer; they promise nothing but assure him that the AP hasn’t written about the credible, long-public accusations that he is a serial rapist, and doesn’t necessarily see any value in doing so. He then invokes a sort of unwritten contract, which he’s clearly incredulous he even has to mention.

I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious that it will not appear anywhere … We thought, by the way, that because it was AP that it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question with you.

The first part of this is telling—mentioning that there’s very good reason to think that a beloved comedian and social activist has spent decades drugging and raping women, Cosby can’t believe he has to remind this reporter, is simply not the done thing—but the second is a lot more so. Powerful people don’t call editors and publishers to get the truth about them buried. They rely on the fact that they don’t have to. And it usually works! The AP had this interview in their hands for weeks, and only released it after Cosby was so thoroughly and widely discredited that he no longer had any power to call on. It could almost make you wonder what else they haven’t felt it necessary to release.

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