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Last week, comedian Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a “rapist” in an emotional rant during his stand-up routine — and now one woman, Barbara Bowman, is coming forward claiming the now 77-year-old comedian took her under his wing when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress — and took advantage of her.
“I was drugged and raped by that man,” the 47-year-old woman says of The Cosby Show star. “He is a monster. He came at me like a monster.”
While she hopes to inspire other victims of his alleged abuse to speak up, sadly, she’s not the first woman to speak out against Bill. Since the 1970s, 13 different women have come forward alleging the comedian raped them. Many of the women were supposedly paid hush money, which Barbara always rejected — so she could share her harrowing tale.
“I never took shut up money. My motivation to speak now is to expose Bill Cosby as the animal that is he is,” she explains.
“He went after me in that hotel room like an animal with such sexual prowess and force that he couldn’t control himself. And at 19 years old I knew it would be the last time he would ever get the chance to hurt me this way away.”
She claims he earned her trust by winning over her mom — and focusing on the lack of father figure in her life. She recalls how he made her feel vulnerable — not only with their twisted, dependent relationship but also with alcohol. She recalls one time — in Reno, Nevada in 1986 — when she tried to fight it, only to ultimately give in.
“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,” she says.
“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… 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.”
She claims it did happen again. And again and is something that continues to affect her life to this day.
“Being assaulted like that made a huge impact on my ability to trust my own instincts as well as others’ actions. It was a block I’ve been working to undo,” she tells the Mail Online. “And a block that Bill Cosby is solely responsible for creating.”