Cosby Refuses to Comment on Rape Allegations

In a recent interview, the entertainer remained silent when probed about allegations

U.S. – Bill Cosby has not admitted to multiple allegations of sexual assault. But the beloved star also has yet to deny them.

Former actress Barbara Bowman recently accused “The Cosby Show” star of repeatedly drugging and sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager.

“In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry,” Bowman wrote in a recent article for The Washington Post. “When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me.”

Andrea Constand made similar claims in a 2005 civil suit, asking Bowman and 12 other women to testify against Cosby. The case ended in a settlement for Constand.

In an NPR interview with Scott Simon that aired this part Saturday, Cosby was asked point blank about these allegations. He responded with silence.

Model and former “America’s Next Top Model” judge Janice Dickinson also recently spoke out against Cosby and accused him of attacking her. She described the assault in a television interview Tuesday. She claimed she tried to write about the incident in her 2002 memoir, but was pressured by Cosby’s lawyers to remove any details.

“Stuffing feelings of rape and my unresolved issues with this incident has drove me into a life of trying to hurt myself because I didn’t have counsel and I was afraid,” Dickinson said.

Bowman, Constand and Dickinson are not the only women to accuse the actor and comedian of sexual assault. At least 15 women have now come forward with similar allegations. However, no formal charges have been brought against Cosby at this time.

“I didn’t say that he didn’t commit the crime,” Bruce Castor, a former prosecutor involved in the 2005 case, told NBC.

“What I said was there was insufficient, admissible, and reliable evidence upon which to base a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt. That’s ‘prosecutors speak’ for ‘I think he did it but there’s just not enough here to prosecute.’”

Sunday morning Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement:

Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.

In light of the allegations against Cosby, Netflix has opted to postpone an upcoming comedy special and NBC has decided to halt production on an upcoming comedy that was to star Cosby. The actor recently cancelled a scheduled appearance on the David Letterman show and postponed another on The Queen Latifah Show.

UPDATED: December 7, 3:56p.m.

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Annabelle is the Editor-In-Chief of Zap Ed News and their primary hard news reporter, contributing weekly to the political and general news beats with local, national, and international coverage. She was born in Providence, RI and is a senior at Hobart & William Smith Colleges where she will graduate in the spring with a degree in Writing & Rhetoric. She is not sure what she wants to do after graduation, but hopes to continue writing.

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