In October of 2014, stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress performed a routine about the various sexual assault allegations that had piled up over the years against famed comedian and actor Bill Cosby. Video of the routine went viral, and, since then, dozens of women have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct.
Though many of their allegations had been reported on, and several out-of-court settlements had been reached–some going as far back as the 1980s–Cosby himself never suffered damage to his reputation, nor was there ever a groundswell of support for the women he had allegedly violated.
Since then, dozens of women have come forward, most with disturbingly similar stories involving pills or spiked drinks, unconsciousness, and a naked or near-naked Cosby thrusting himself upon them. Some of the stories involve groping or indecent exposure; some involve outright rape. The following is a list of women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault of any kind.
This list is alphabetical. It will be updated regularly. As of May 24th, 2016, the total number of women is 55.
Pamela Abeyta met Cosby at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1979, when she was a 25-year-old aspiring model. She says she spent time with Cosby because she thought he could help her career, but, after a $2,500 shopping spree and a night on the town, she “blacked out,” and came to in bed with Cosby and “two other naked people.”
Jewel Allison, former model, says Cosby drugged her glass of wine when the two had dinner together at his home in the 1980s. Allison claims Cosby led her to a mirror, placed her hand on his genitals, gave her a hard kiss, and then called her a cab.
Lili Bernard was an actress preparing for a role on the final season of The Cosby Show when Cosby drugged and raped her in 1992. After, Bernard claims Cosby shouted that she was “dead” and “didn’t exist” and that he never wanted to see her again, and that she feared for her life.
Barbara Bowman claims that Cosby pursued a relationship as her mentor while Bowman was a teenager, and that, as an aspiring model at the age of 17, Cosby drugged and assaulted her several times. Bowman’s essay in the Washington Post encouraged more women to come forward.
Linda Brown says Cosby invited her to his hotel room after a show in 1969. When Brown arrived, Cosby gave Brown a soft drink; she blacked out after drinking it. When she came to, the two were naked in bed together; Cosby flipped Brown over and sexually assaulted her.
Shawn Brown claimed that in 1973 (when her name was Shawn Upshaw) Cosby drugged and raped her. She further claimed that her daughter, Autumn Jackson, was Cosby’s child. Cosby has admitted to sleeping with Brown, but denies that the child is his.
Autumn Burns worked at a Las Vegas casino in 1970 when she met Cosby. Burns claims Cosby invited her to his room, fed her alcohol that made her feel “not in control,” and forced her into sexual acts.
Sarita Butterfield accused Cosby of cornering her, kissing her, and trying to fondle her breasts during a dinner party with family present on Christmas Eve, 1974.
Lisa Christie, a former Mrs. America beauty pageant winner, says she met Cosby when she was 18. “A couple of years” later, after she had starred in commercials with him and been an extra on The Cosby Show, Christie claims to have been the recipient of unwanted advances from Cosby, including a drink and an attempted kiss. She says Cosby told her “You’re never going to make it in this business unless you sleep with me,” but spent the night on his hotel room couch instead.
Andrea Constand worked for Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, in 2004. Constand says that when she visited Cosby’s home to talk about career advice, he gave her herbal pills for anxiety, and then “touched her breasts and genital area, rubbed his penis against her hand,” and penetrated her “digitally.” Constand was 31 at the time.
Lachele Covington, then 20, accused Cosby of pulling her hand toward his penis during a conversation about career advice on January 25, 2000.
Janice Dickinson accused Cosby of drugging her with pain pills and raping her in 1982.
A woman who has identified only as “Elizabeth” was a 20-year-old flight attendant when she met Cosby in 1976. They met on an American Airlines flight, after which Cosby allegedly “took her to dinner at a Japanese restaurant, then brought her to his hotel room and forced her to perform a sex act.”
Joyce Emmons, former comedy club owner, says she took a pill from Cosby for a headache, blacked out, and came to naked in bed with a friend of Cosby’s. When she confronted him, he laughed and told her he had given her a Quaalude.
Beth Ferrier alleges that she had been in a consensual relationship with Cosby for a time in the 1980s, but that he drugged her coffee when she visited him in his dressing room before a performance in Denver in 1984.
Carla Ferrigno claims that Cosby grabbed her and kissed her forcefully while the two were at a party in 1967.
Charlotte Fox was an aspiring actress who met Cosby on the set of Uptown Saturday Night in 1974. She claims he took her to the Playboy Mansion, drugged her, and assaulted her: “The next thing I remember was that I was sort of awake, in a bed, with no clothes on and there was Mr Cosby, in a robe, crawling from the bottom of the bed. I was incapacitated and couldn’t say no. He engaged in sexual activity with me. It was not consensual. I was afraid to call out.”
Chloe Goins, a model and lap dancer, accused Cosby of drugging her and assaulting her sexually during an encounter at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, when Goins was 18.
Tamara Green, a retired trial attorney, appeared on the Today show in 2005 to claim that Cosby had drugged her and assaulted her sexually in the 1970s.
Helen Gumpel had a bit part on The Cosby Show in the late 1980s. After filming, she says that Cosby hugged and kissed her in front of onlookers, and then had her back to his dressing room, where, while wearing a “loose-fitting robe,” Cosby put his “crotch area” in Gumpel’s face. Cosby tried to her Gumpel to consume a drink he’d made; when she refused, he became angry, and told her to leave.
Helen Hayes claims Cosby groped her in 1973 after she met him at a celebrity tennis tournament.
Renita Cheney Hill says that Cosby drugged and assaulted her more than once, beginning when she was a 19-year-old.
Colleen Hughes was a flight attendant in the 1970s; she met Cosby on one of her flights. She claims that Cosby visited her in her hotel room, poured champagne into a Gucci shoe, and fed it to her, at which point she passed out. When she woke up, Cosby was gone, and she “felt semen in the small of [her] back and all over.”
Michelle Hurd accused Cosby of groping and fondling her while she was an extra on The Cosby Show in the 1980s.
Judy Huth accused Cosby of sexually abusing her during a party at the Playboy Mansion just days after they met in 1974. Huth was 15 years old at the time.
Beverly Johnson says that, while she was being considered for a role on The Cosby Show in the mid-1980s, she visited Cosby at his home. While she was there, Cosby told her to act drunk and put his arms around her before pulling her down a flight of stairs. When Johnson objected, Cosby ordered her to leave.
Lisa Jones, a Canadian model who met with Cosby about a role on his show in 1986, says Cosby gave her alcohol and then tried to pry her legs apart as she walked by him. Jones says Cosby also made a series of derogatory remarks about how women needed to use the casting couch to get ahead.
Kacey, who was an assistant to one of Cosby’s talent agency reps in the early 90s, was invited to Cosby’s house to read through a Cosby Show script that involved kissing. Shortly afterward, Cosby gave Kacey a white pill, and she passed out; when she came to, the two were naked in bed together. (Kacey has chosen to keep her last name a secret.)
Janice Baker Kinney claims Cosby drugged and raped her after she met him while waitressing at a casino in 1982. Kinney says Cosby ordered her never to talk about what had happened, and that, for years, she felt like it was her fault.
Linda Kirkpatrick accuses Cosby of drugging her with a clear liquid and sexually assaulting her at a tennis tournament in 1981.
Cindra Ladd accuses Cosby of drugging her with a pill and allegedly having sex with her while she worked as a New York movie producer in 1969.
Chelan Lasha says that Cosby promised to introduce her to modeling agents when the two met in 1986. Cosby then gave her a blue pill which made her very groggy, and sexually assaulted her before she passed out.
Charlotte Laws has not accused Cosby of any wrongdoing to her person. But she does say that, in 1981, Cosby fed her friend Sandy two pills, which knocked her unconscious. Cosby then had sex with Sandy. Laws says that Sandy does not consider the matter rape, since the two were already in a consensual relationship, but that Laws (and the lawyers to which she’s spoken) do consider it rape, since Sandy was physically unable to give consent.
Angela Leslie claims Cosby got her drunk, asked her to wet her hair, and masturbated himself using her hand in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1992.
Lisa appeared on Dr. Phil to accuse Cosby of drugging her and possibly assaulting her sometime in the 1980s. She says she passed out in a sexually suggestive position and remembers nothing specific. (Lisa has chosen to keep her last name a secret.)
Lise-Lotte Lublin (not to be confused with “Lisa” above) says Cosby fed her alcohol in his hotel room in 1989, while asking her to perform “an improvisation” for him. She remembers Cosby stroking and petting her hair before she blacked out; when Lublin came to, she was at home and her car was in the driveway.
P.J. Masten, a former Playboy bunny, accused Cosby of drugging and raping her at the Whitehall Hotel in Chicago sometime in the 1970s.
Sammie Mays was a writer and journalist scheduled to interview Cosby in the mid-80s. Upon arriving at Cosby’s hotel room, Mays claims he fed her a drink that knocked her unconscious. When she came to, her blouse was open and her pants undone and left around her hips.
Katherine McKee, who was friends with Sammy Davis, Jr. and met Cosby through the entertainer, claims Cosby raped her in the early 1970s in Detroit.
Louisa Moritz alleges that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him in a dressing room before Cosby appeared on the Tonight Show in 1971.
Donna Motsinger says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1971 after the two met at the jazz club where Motsinger waitressed.
Lynn Neal accuses Cosby of sexually assaulting her after giving her a shot of vodka at dinner in the 1980s.
Patricia–she has chosen to keep her last name hidden–claims Cosby raped her in 1980, after ordering her to style her hair like Queen Noor of Jordan, and smearing oatmeal across her face.
Linda Ridgeway was an actress for a time in the 1960s and 70s; her most notable role was with Charles Bronson in the 1972 film The Mechanic. She says that Cosby forced his penis into her mouth while she was in his office interviewing with him for an acting role.
Kristina Ruehli accuses Cosby of drugging her drink and attempting to force her to perform oral sex on him after inviting her to his house under the false pretense of a party in 1965.
Therese Serignese says that she met Cosby as a 19-year-old in 1976; Cosby took her to his dressing room before a show and drugged her. When Serignese came to, Cosby was having sex with her in a bathroom.
Margie Shapiro accuses Cosby of accosting her in the game room of the Playboy Mansion during a party there in the early 1970s, when Shapiro was 19. According to Shapiro, she passed out before the incident took place, and she believes drugs were involved.
Jena T. accuses Cosby of pressuring her into masturbating him and then giving her $700 shortly after the two met in the 1980s. (She came forward on the condition that People not use her last name.)
Joan Tarshis, a publicist in and journalist of the music industry, claims that Cosby drugged and raped her twice in 1969, when she was a 19-year-old.
Heidi Thomas says she met Bill Cosby at a Reno NV house for “coaching” in 1984, when Thomas was 24. Cosby offered her a glass of Chablis; the next thing Thomas remembers is waking up naked in bed with Cosby, who was “forcing himself” into her mouth.
Eden Tirl, a former actress on The Cosby Show, says Cosby locked the two of them into his dressing room during a taping of his show in 1989, and that he “assaulted her.”
Linda Joy Traitz accused Cosby of attempting to drug her and of groping her on a beach when she was a 19-year old waitress at a restaurant Cosby partly owned.
Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy playmate, recalls Cosby drugging her and a friend at dinner in 1971. When Valentino came to, she found Cosby trying to rape the friend, and pulled him off of her, only to have Cosby force her to perform oral sex on him.
Sharon Van Ert, a jazz club cocktail waitress when she met Cosby in 1976, claims that Cosby told her she was too drunk to drive home, and decided to drive her himself. Van Ert blacked out and came to with her panties missing. She alleges Cosby “must have put something in my drink while we were closing up the place.”
Marcella Tate was a 27-year-old model in Chicago when she met Cosby in 1975. She accuses Cosby of drugging her at a party at the Playboy Mansion that year.
Sunny Welles’ parents were family friends of the Cosbys in the 1960s. In the mid-60s, when Welles was 17, she claims Cosby took her to a jazz club, where she passed out after drinking a soda. When she came to, she was naked in bed in an unknown apartment. She said both times this occurred she felt, physically, like she had had sex, but “did not want to believe that a family friend would do that to me.”
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