NEW YORK — The latest cover of New York Magazine features 35 women who told the magazine their stories of being assaulted by Bill Cosby.
The cover was first shared by the magazine on Sunday night and quickly went viral.
The story includes photos of each woman and their individual stories. Each woman’s story includes a timeline of the alleged assault and details of the alleged crime. The article appears in the July 27, 2015 issue and is also available online.
Victoria Valentino, 72, a former Playboy bunny, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1969. Valentino was dining with her roommate at their usual joint, Café Figaro, where Cosby happened to be part owner. He knew that Valentino’s 6-year-old son had recently died, and he told Valentino’s friend that he thought she could use some cheering up. "He took my roommate and me out to dinner. It was this new hip steak restaurant on the strip near the Whiskey a Go Go called Sneaky Pete’s. He was chatting her up and trying to charm her. And he reached across and put a pill next to my wine glass and said, ‘Here, this will make you feel better,’ and he gave her one. I wasn’t really thinking. I thought, Great, me feel better? You bet. So I took the pill and washed it down with some red wine. And then he reached across and put another pill in my mouth and gave her one. Just after I took the second pill, my face was, like, face-in-plate syndrome, and I just said, ‘I wanna go home.’ He said he would drive us home. We went up this elevator. I sat down, and lay my head back, just fighting nausea. I looked around and he was sitting next to my roommate on the loveseat with this very predatory look on his face. She was completely unconscious. I could hear the words in my head, but I couldn’t form words with my mouth, because I was so drugged out." Tap the photo to hear Victoria Valentino tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.
Louisa Moritz, 68, an actress, was allegedly assaulted by Bill Cosby in 1971. Moritz was getting ready to appear on the 'Tonight Show' when someone opened the door of her dressing room. “He never knocked. I knew it was Mr. Cosby. I'd seen his picture. He walked in and closed the door behind him. It went on for maybe four minutes, five minutes. But it was the longest five minutes that I ever experienced. And when they called my name, he ran out. When he walked down the stage, he introduced himself as Louisa Moritz. And then a huge laugh. When they called me to go onstage, I was a zombie. He didn't look at me while we were on the show. I didn't look at him. I just felt him. I was afraid to tell anybody. I knew who Mr. Cosby was and that prevented me from telling anybody. I felt ashamed. I was embarrassed to be me." Tap the photo to hear Louisa Moritz tell her story, and watch her video interview at nymag.com/cosby-women.
Cosby admits to getting Quaaludes
When comedian Bill Cosby admitted in a decade-old deposition to getting Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with, he also said he got his prescriptions for the sedative from a Los Angeles gynecologist and cosmetic surgeon: Leroy Amar.
Cosby sat for the deposition over four days in 2005 and 2006, after being accused by a woman named Andrea Constand of rape. Her attorney, Dolores Troiani, questioned Cosby under oath. CNN obtained the deposition earlier this week and has been analyzing the 1,000-page document in detail.
Cosby said Amar — who died before Cosby gave the deposition — gave him seven prescriptions for Quaaludes for a sore back.
“Did he know when he gave you those prescriptions that you had no intention of taking them?” Troiani asked Cosby.
“Yes,” Cosby replied. It was not clear from the deposition how the doctor would have known that.
“Did you believe at the time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?” Troiani asked Cosby.
“Yes,” Cosby replied, according to the deposition.
While Cosby admitted that he acquired seven prescriptions of Quaaludes with the intent to give the sedatives to young women he wanted to have sex with, he has not admitted to actually drugging any of his accusers.
Who was the doctor who gave Cosby Quaaludes?
Amar was a licensed physician and surgeon practicing gynecology and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles, once serving as the chief of obstetrics and gynecology at a Los Angeles hospital. He had a practice called Wilshire Surgical Clinic, Cosmetic and Gynecology.
His license to practice medicine was revoked in California in 1979, after the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance decided that he “has engaged in most serious misconduct.”
The board listed several cases of concern, including one in which a woman who visited Amar after having a breast lift procedure said she developed an abscess in her breast after the procedure and couldn’t reach Amar. The abscess eventually ruptured and she was left with deformed breasts, which she had at least four surgeries to try to fix.
Years after having his license revoked, the board recommended a psychiatric evaluation during one of Amar’s multiple attempts to regain his license to practice in California. Amar was reinstated in California in 1985 on a “probationary basis.”
Amar was also licensed to practice medicine in Maryland and New York. The state of New York revoked his license to practice in 1995.
The physician died before Cosby gave his deposition in 2005. Calls to a former attorney for Amar were not immediately returned.
Cosby’s camp fights back
Patrick O’Connor, an attorney representing Cosby, wrote in a motion to keep terms of Cosby’s subsequent settlement with Constand from being released publicly that when excerpts of the deposition were released, Cosby’s answers to questions about Quaaludes were “cavalierly misinterpreted” by the media.
“Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that (Cosby) has admitted to rape,” O’Conner wrote. “And yet (Cosby) admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”
CNN has reached out to O’Connor, Troiani, and Martin Singer, another attorney for Cosby, for comment but did not receive any responses.