Barbara Bowman was a 17-year-old aspiring actress when she was sexually abused by TV legend Bill Cosby and she has now opened up to reveal her harrowing ordeal in an interview with MailOnline. The man who she believed was a father figure, she says, took advantage of her youth, vulnerability and ambition to rape her over and over again. She tells what motivated her to open up:
I was drugged and raped by that man. He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job.
It all began as a dream in 1985, Bowman recalls, when she had a private “audition” for Cosby, only to end, two years later, in screams for help while she was being pinned down to the comic’s hotel bed. Now 47, the actress says it was time to put an end to her silence, a silence that at least 13 other victims have followed. She explains:
I’m finally revealing all of my full story in hopes that others will learn to read the tell-tale signs of abuse and not wait as long as I did. No one believed me for years. They said Bill would never do that. That it was preposterous. But I’m putting my name out there and standing behind these words, just like Burress. No more code of silence.
Hannibal Buress, you may recall, is the comedian who recently lashed at Bill Cosby, calling him a serial “rapist” during a stand-up performance in Philadelphia. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Barbara Bowman thought Bill Cosby was a god, and the opportunity to have him mentor her a dream come true. Little did she know that he was the devil in disguise.
2. Raised in Denver from age nine by her mother, Barbara soon began studying acting and modeling. By 13, she became a client of Denver’s top agency at the time.
3. This is only image Barbara has of Cosby. She explains that she was not allowed to take pictures of or with Cosby in the time she knew him.
Almost 30 years after the drugging, sexual assaul and rape at the hands of Cosby, Barbara said:
I’ve been silent too long. It’s time to raise a fuss. I’m a real person that this happened to. And it’s taken decades to get over what he did to me.
I thank Hannibal Burress for speaking out over and over again, despite the threats from the Industry that it could ruin his career. He is standing up for me and the other women who are too afraid to speak out.
You can read the whole interview, with all the harrowing details, here.
4. ‘I was drugged and raped by that man,’ Barbara told MailOnline. ‘He is a monster. He came at me like a monster. My hope is that others who have experienced sexual abuse will not be intimidated into silence by the famous, rich and powerful. If I can help one victim, then I’ve done my job’.
5. Barbara says that Cosby befriended her mother and grandparents, and even flew them to Broadway shows, complete with limousines, so that he could get away with his sexual violations.
6. ‘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 relates. When it was over she ran out of the room and threw up.
7. ‘I was ashamed and scared, first of all,’ says Barbara about her relationship with Cosby. The active part of my brain kept saying to me, ‘I’m on top of the world. I was special, with something unique that other aspiring actresses didn’t have. I had a false sense of superiority. I felt that I was the chosen one. No cattle calls or paying dues or groveling for jobs.’.
8. A girlfriend convinced Barbara to meet with a lawyer in 1987 to consult about what Cosby had done to her. ‘He laughed me out of the office. He said I was delusional, ridiculous, making these stories up.
And here is a video of Hannibal Buress calling Cosbya serial “rapist”:
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