On the heels of Hannibal Buress calling Bill Cosby a serial rapist at a recent Philadelphia stand-up comedy show, an alleged victim at the hands of Cosby, actress Barbara Bowman has come forward, alleging in great detail that Cosby carried on a years-long emotionally, physically and sexually abusive relationship with her. “I was drugged and raped by that man,’ Bowman told The Mail in an exclusive interview. “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.” The Mail‘s interview follows Newsweek‘s interview of Bowman from earlier this month.
The Denver-raised Bowman was an aspiring model by the age of 13. In 1985 when she was 17 years old, she landed a private meeting with Cosby, while he was at the height of his popularity. “The first thing Mr. Cosby said when he met me in the conference room was, ‘I want you to go in the bathroom and wet your hair…then sit in this chair, shut your eyes and do an improvisation exercise with me.’” she told The Mail. “He wanted me to act completely drunk, wasted, while he stood behind me and stroked my neck and upper chest. He didn’t touch me beyond that, on that day, but that’s where it certainly started.”
What followed was years of manipulation, Bowman claims. This included, she says, flying her all over the country first class, Cosby meeting her family – “my mother totally trusted him,” Bowman says – and multiple incidents of forced sexual conduct. In 1986, Bowman claims, she vomited after she masturbated Cosby because she found it “invasive” and “humiliating.”
Bowman recalled another time in which she ate dinner at Cosby’s New York City home:
We ate in the kitchen. I had one glass of red wine with dinner. My next recollection is me, coming to, slumped over the toilet bowl, throwing up. I was wearing a man’s white t-shirt and my panties. The t-shirt was not mine. Bill was standing over me, holding my hair out of my face as I threw up. I had no idea how I’d gotten there. I’d had one glass of wine with dinner. He was trying to soothe me with his words, “It will be okay. It’s okay.”
By the time I came to, the staff was gone. No one in the house but us. And as the fogginess lifted, he escorted me to the couch where I recovered. I then got dressed and he called me a cab. I was mystified. It was a sick pit in my stomach, knowing that I was out of control over the last undetermined amount of time. And that I was undressed, while he was in a white robe, and how had I gotten there.
Bowman believes she was drugged and raped by Cosby.
“I know for sure he forced himself multiple times upon me and since he needed to create an environment in which I could not fight him, I can’t in all honesty say that I recall penetration because at that time I was in a vacant state of mind, as I was often drugged and brainwashed,” she tells The Mail. “Whatever drug he gave me, didn’t allow me to think clearly when it was over and done with. It didn’t register that I should be panicking. It was like amnesia almost. It was like what a lobotomy would do to you. I couldn’t even think clearly when I was awake. I was vacant.”
Cosby hasn’t responded to Bowman’s allegations.
At least 13 other women have claimed Cosby had sexually assaulted them.