— New York Magazine (@NYMag) July 27, 2015
Die Titelzeile lautet „Cosby: The Woman“. Die in schwarzweiß fotografierten Frauen sitzen auf einem Stuhl. Der letzte Stuhl ist leer, als Symbol für alle Opfer, die bislangnoch nicht an die Öffentlichkeit gegangen sind. Bei Twitter wurde der Hashtag #TheEmptyChair zu einer Anlaufstelle für Kommentare zu der New York Magazine-Story.
Im Magazin, auf der Website und auf den Social media Kanälen des New York Magazine, gibt es Interviews, Ton-Dokumente und auch Videos der betroffenen Frauen.
Louisa Moritz, 68, an actress, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1971. Moritz was getting ready to appear on the ‚Tonight Show‘ when someone opened the door of her dressing room. “He never knocked. I knew it was Mr. Cosby. I’d seen his picture. He walked in and closed the door behind him. It went on for maybe four minutes, five minutes. But it was the longest five minutes that I ever experienced. And when they called my name, he ran out. When he walked down the stage, he introduced himself as Louisa Moritz. And then a huge laugh. When they called me to go onstage, I was a zombie. He didn’t look at me while we were on the show. I didn’t look at him. I just felt him. I was afraid to tell anybody. I knew who Mr. Cosby was and that prevented me from telling anybody. I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed to be me.“ Tap the photo to hear Louisa Moritz tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.
Victoria Valentino, 72, a former Playboy bunny, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1969. Valentino was dining with her roommate at their usual joint, Café Figaro, where Cosby happened to be part owner. He knew that Valentino’s 6-year-old son had recently died, and he told Valentino’s friend that he thought she could use some cheering up. „He took my roommate and me out to dinner. It was this new hip steak restaurant on the strip near the Whiskey a Go Go called Sneaky Pete’s. He was chatting her up and trying to charm her. And he reached across and put a pill next to my wine glass and said, ‘Here, this will make you feel better,’ and he gave her one. I wasn’t really thinking. I thought, Great, me feel better? You bet. So I took the pill and washed it down with some red wine. And then he reached across and put another pill in my mouth and gave her one. Just after I took the second pill, my face was, like, face-in-plate syndrome, and I just said, ‘I wanna go home.’ He said he would drive us home. We went up this elevator. I sat down, and lay my head back, just fighting nausea. I looked around and he was sitting next to my roommate on the loveseat with this very predatory look on his face. She was completely unconscious. I could hear the words in my head, but I couldn’t form words with my mouth, because I was so drugged out.“ Tap the photo to hear Victoria Valentino tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.
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Insgesamt haben über 40 Frauen Vergewaltigungvorwürfe gegen Bill Cosby erhoben. Die Vorwürfe reichen teils Jahrzehnte zurück, die betroffenen Frauen sind heute zwischen 44 und 8ß Jahre alt. In einem Vergleich hatte Cosby zugegeben, in den 70er Jahren Sex unter Drogeneinfluss gehabt zu haben. Dieser sei jedoch stets einvernehmlich gewesen.
In der „Cosby Show“ spielte Bill Cosby den Vorzeige-Vater einer kinderreichen, schwarzen Mittelschichtsfamilie. Es war das erste mal, dass in einer Mainstream TV-Serie ausschließlich schwarze Schauspieler die Protagonisten waren. Die Serie war weltweit ein großer Erfolg.
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