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Thirty-five of Bill Cosby’s accusers unite on the cover of New York Magazine

In a powerful new cover created for New York Magazine, thirty-five of Bill Cosby’s accusers have united for a new feature outlining the sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

These are thirty-five of the forty-six women in total that have come forward, all alleging that the 78-year-old comedian had sexually assaulted them in the past. Many of the allegations include the use of drugs, like the use of quaaludes Cosby has described in the recently unsealed deposition, to facilitate the sexual attacks.

While the headlines and the cover may be new, the allegations are nothing of the sort. Some of the women’s allegations date back decades and are only now garnering attention from the media.

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The cover was posted to New York Magazine’s Instagram account with the caption:

“So far, 46 women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, in some cases, according to a recently unsealed deposition, with the aid of quaaludes—a powerful sedative that can render a person functionally immobile. But these allegations are by no means new, with some stretching back decades—to a time when the culture of rape in America left victims little recourse but to suffer silently, and in shame. Today, the way we think and talk about rape has evolved, creating a safer space for survivors to feel empowered by speaking up and reclaiming their victimhood. And that’s led us here. Of the 46 women who have come forward to accuse Cosby, we spoke to 35 of them — “a sorrowful sisterhood” of women united by their dark experiences, steadfast in their resolve to remain silent no more.”

This month may have been the most damaging to Cosby’s public defense from these allegations, after a Judge unsealed a deposition of Cosby’s that had originated from a sexual assault case from 2005. Excerpts from the deposition were then later published by the New York Times outlining harrowing similarities between the women’s claims and Cosby’s own admissions.

In another article published by EW, it was reported that in the Cosby 2005 deposition, the actor admitted to giving the plaintiff, Andrea Constand, one and a half tablets of Benadryl before they had a sexual encounter.

Read the article at nymag.com