Model Jewel Allison Accuses Bill Cosby of Sexual Abuse & Her Story Follows a Familiar Pattern
Over the past week or so, a number of women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse from comedian and actor Bill Cosby and, disturbingly, the reports of claims don't seem to be slowing down. On Monday, Nov. 24, the New York Daily News released an interview with former model Jewel Allison in which she claims sexual abuse from Cosby. Allison's story is very similar to those of other women who have made public claims about Cosby.
Allison told the Daily News that the abuse took place in the late 1980s when her agent suggested she accept an invitation to dinner from Cosby. As Allison explains, "He said he wanted to help models and actors who were well-educated, who could do something else. I thought, 'Wow, this is Bill Cosby.'" The model went to dinner at his New York home and when she noticed no one else was in attendance, thought that it might have been because it was her birthday and Cosby wanted to make it special. She claims that she was drugged when the actor offered her a glass of wine that tasted bad. Following this, he is said to have lead her to a mirror: "He said, ‘Look in the mirror, and see the glow in your face.' I looked at myself and I didn’t look good. My eyes were all over the place." She says he then grabbed her hand and put it on his genitals. Allison says she then was sent home in a taxi that Cosby paid for and vomited in the backseat.
The model summed up her feelings on Cosby saying,
According to the Daily News, Allison spoke with the publication last week, but the report coming out on Monday makes Allison the 14th woman to speak openly about sexual abuse from the actor. This is in addition to a number of women who made anonymous claims during a 2006 court case lead by alleged victim Andrea Constand.
On Cosby's side of things, his lawyer, Marty Singer, released a statement on Nov. 20 which reads,
Linda Joy Traitz is making ridiculous claims and suddenly seems to have a lot to say about a fleeting incident she says happened with my client more than 40 years ago. There was no briefcase of drugs and this is an absurd fabrication.
This continued pattern of attacks on Mr. Cosby has entered the realm of the ridiculous, with a purported "forceful kiss" at a party in 1967, nearly 50 years ago, being treated as a current ‘news story’ and grossly mischaracterized as ‘sexual assault.’ This is utter nonsense. People coming out of nowhere with this sort of inane yarn is what happens in a media-driven feeding frenzy. We’ve reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous. I think people are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.
This was in addition to a statement from Nov. 16 which reads,
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