Joan Tarshis, a former publicist, has come forward and claimed that comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped her twice in 1969.
Tarshis, the 15th woman to accuse Cosby of rape, wrote about the alleged assaults on Hollywood Elsewhere on Sunday.
Tarshis claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her in his bungalow at Universal Studios where he was filming “The Bill Cosby Show." At the time, Tarshis was an aspiring actress.
In his bungalow he made me a redeye, and I began to tell him about the earthquake Los Angeles had just had and the sound it made. He liked my ideas for an earthquake bit.
The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.
After the alleged rape, Tarshis says she accepted an invitation from Cosby a few days later to attend one of his shows at the Westbury Music Theater on Long Island:
…When we got to Westbury and he went on, there was no seat for me. I stood in the back of the theater with his chauffeur, feeling insulted that I wasn’t respected enough to be given a reserved seat. But soon after, I remember feeling very, very stoned and asking his chauffeur to take me back to the car. I was having trouble standing up. The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked. I remember thinking "You old s---, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me."
Tarshis told TheWrap that she decided to come forward “because of the breaking news, because of the other women who were courageous enough before me to venture out and say what was going on. I, too, thought nobody would believe me because of his image, you know, whiter than snow.”
Tarshis said she refused to sell her story to the National Enquirer years ago.
“I just didn't want to do it there,” added Tarshis. “They wanted to pay me. I didn't want to be paid. It just wasn't the right way.”
“Every single person who he has allegedly raped has had the same exact pattern,” stated Tarshis. “A business connection and then being drugged and then being accosted while they were unconscious. And it's just so bizarre that that's his M.O. And everybody was the same age. I was 19. From what I've read, everybody else was in their late teens, not 17, but 18 or 19.”
“And all through the years, before I mentioned it, before anything else came out, I knew I wasn't the only person," claimed Tarshis. "That it wasn't just me, that I was so exceptional that he couldn't control. I knew that he was a serial rapist. I just knew he had to be, and I was right.”
Tarshis said she is coming forward “just to help the public understand that he's not Mr. Clean. All these years when I was watching him get these awards and watching him do Jell-O commercials with little kids, and all the times that I knew what he had done to me, and I just really want to set something straight in the public eye.”
Cosby's lawyer has denied the rape allegations against the comedian.