Cosby accusers – the bunch of women who have come forth claiming veteran comedy actor Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them – will have a chance to speak on TV. A special one-hour segment has been accorded to the women by A&E, titled Cosby: The Women Speak. The segment is to be aired on this Thursday.
About 50 women have come forth, most of them in recent times, claiming Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. Some even accused Cosby of drugging them with powerful sedatives and painkillers in order to take advantage of them. About a dozen of these women are expected to speak openly about their experiences. The cable network has promised intimate interviews that chronicle Bill Cosby’s rise to fame, and later the fall, from the victim’s perspective, reported MSN.
Some of the notable mentions during the hour-long program, which will include both new and old Cosby accusers, are actress Louisa Moritz, publicist Joan Tarshis, and model Beverly Johnson. During a 30-second preview of the show, Johnson said the following.
“I think a lie always sees the light.”
What’s surprising is the fact that Bill Cosby has never been charged with any crime, despite more than 50 women accusing him of raping, drugging or sexually assaulting them, reported the Daily Caller. Interestingly, these victims have openly spoken about their ordeals. New York Magazine even featured about 35 Cosby accusers and printed their accounts with the disgraced actor. It is expected that majority of the women who will talk on the show will be from this bunch.
The network’s preview that offered a sneak peek into the program that is bound to garner a lot of eyeballs, indicated how strangely similar were the stories and how identical was the tricks Bill Cosby used. The show is produced by Lincoln Square Productions. A&E’s Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson have been the show’s executive producers, reported HNGN.
Despite the rather fragile legal standing of the cases, Bill Cosby’s accusers and their stories have gained a lot of traction. While a few women have periodically attempted to narrate their experiences, Hannibal Buress’ 2014 standup set about Cosby truly helped the issue and, more importantly, the victims, in their attempts to tell their stories. There were a lot more listeners to their ordeals at the hands of Bill Cosby after the comedian’s show.
The show Cosby: The Women Speak is scheduled to air September 17 at 9 p.m. ET on A&E.
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