Barbara Bowman was only a teenager when she met Bill Cosby. She thought he was going to act as her mentor and help her get a foot in the door and start her acting career, but according to Bowman, Cosby was not who she thought he was and instead of helping her, he allegedly raped her on several occasions.
“I was drugged and raped by that man,” she said during a recent interview with MailOnline. “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.”
Bowman had a private audition for Cosby in 1985 and hoped that he would take her under his wing and help her become successful. Two years after meeting him, she claims that he held her down for the first time and raped her. She claimed that he would go on to rape her over and over again using drugs and various forms of mental manipulation to break her will and keep her quiet.
Because Cosby was such a big name in Hollywood and because he seems like the kind of guy who could never do such a thing, Bowman said that it was hard for her to come forward with her story and even harder to get people to believe her.
“I’m finally revealing all of my full story in hopes that others will learn to read the tell-tale signs of abuse and not wait as long as I did. No one believed me for years. They said Bill would never do that. That it was preposterous. But I’m putting my name out there and standing behind these words, just like Burress. No more code of silence. I’ve been silent too long. It’s time to raise a fuss. I’m a real person that this happened to. And it’s taken decades to get over what he did to me,” she added.
Bowman said that she wasn’t Cosby’s only victim, but claims that he paid the others off to prevent them from talking. Another victim allegedly settled with Cosby in court. This prevents them from coming forward about their ordeals now, but Bowman said she can and will tell the truth about what happened to her.