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Bill Cosby Gave National Enquirer Interview To Keep Other Sexual Assault Allegation Quiet

In 2005, Bill Cosby testified under oath that he gave The National Enquirer an exclusive interview in exchange for the tabloid's promise to spike a story about a previously undisclosed sexual assault allegation from a woman named Beth Ferrier. "I would give them an exclusive story, my words," Cosby said in the testimony. "[And in return, The Enquirer] would not print the story of -- print Beth's story."

Cosby's statements, obtained by The New York Times and Associated Press, came during a deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and assaulted her.

According to the Times, Cosby admitted in the previously sealed court documents that he believed if the public knew about Ferrier's allegations, it would give more validity to Constand's claims:

"Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby was asked.

"Exactly,” he replied.

Robin Mizrahi, a senior reporter for The National Enquirer who was tasked with the Ferrier story, revealed last week to The Guardian that the tabloid spiked the piece under pressure from the actor's lawyers. A new article, which featured an interview with Cosby in which he discussed allegations made against him by Constand and a woman named Tamara Green, was published instead.

According to The New York Times, the tabloid's exclusive ("Bill Cosby Ends His Silence: My Story!”) described the comic as "furious" about the allegations. “Sometimes you try to help people and it backfires on you, and then they try to take advantage of you," Cosby was quoted as saying in the 2005 piece. "I am not going to give in to people who try to exploit me because of my celebrity status."

Cosby's representative, David Brokaw, and Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, did not respond to requests from The Huffington Post early Thursday morning for comment on the claims. A rep for American Media, Inc., which owns The National Enquirer, said in a statement to the AP on Wednesday that the tabloid was "unflinching" in its coverage of the allegations against the actor.

"We continue to remain aggressive in our reporting today and stand by the integrity of our coverage of this story which we have taken the lead on for more than a decade," the representative said.

Cosby has a long history with The National Enquirer. On Monday, Page Six's Richard Johnson relayed claims from a former Enquirer reporter who said Cosby leaked a 1989 story about his daughter's drug problem. In exchange, the paper buried another story about Cosby allegedly "swinging with Sammy Davis Jr. and some showgirls in Las Vegas."

In 1997, the Enquirer offered a $100,000 reward for information on the death of Cosby's son, Ennis Cosby. According to a 1998 New York Times article about the conviction of Ennis Cosby's killer, the tabloid received a tip from a man named Christopher So, who would go on to be one of the key witnesses in the case.

Two years later, Cosby threatened to sue the magazine for $250 million after it ran a story claiming Cosby had sexually assaulted an actress named Lachele Covington in his Manhattan townhouse.

"The story is not true. It did not happen," Brokaw said in a statement to the New York Post. "Mr. Cosby was not contacted by the police and the first he learned about this was from the National Enquirer."

"The Enquirer has an absolute right to report on this controversy and will not be intimidated by Mr. Cosby's threat," Enquirer publisher David J. Pecker said in a statement at the time. "Should Mr. Cosby bring a lawsuit, the Enquirer will seek appropriate sanctions against him."

For more, head to the New York Times.
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Bill Cosby Controversy: A Decade In The Making

The sexual assault allegations that recently resurfaced against Bill Cosby first became public in 2005 when a former employee of his alma mater, Temple University, claimed he had drugged and abused her a year earlier at his suburban Philadelphia home. Here's how the controversy over the allegations, some dating to the 1960s, has unfolded since then:

___ Andrea Constand tells police in her native Ontario, Canada, on Jan. 13, 2005, that Cosby assaulted her a year earlier at his mansion in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. She said he invited her home after a restaurant dinner, gave her pills for stress and tension, then helped her to a sofa when she became dizzy and sick. She recalled him touching her breast and placing her hand on his penis, and said she awoke with her clothing in disarray and bra undone. She said she drove herself home and decided not to report to police what happened due to Cosby's fame and her position as a Temple women's basketball administrator. Instead, she said she contacted a lawyer who deals with sexual assaults.

Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. decides after a monthlong investigation that there's not enough "credible and admissible evidence," a year after the alleged crime, to prove any charges. Castor adds that he won't divulge details to avoid tainting a possible civil action by Constand, and says "Much exists in this investigation that could be used to portray persons on both sides of the issue in a less than flattering light."

Cosby's lawyer says the comedian "looks forward to moving on with his life," and Cosby makes his only published comments to date about these allegations, telling the National Enquirer that "I am not going to give in to people who try to exploit me because of my celebrity status."

Constand then sues Cosby alleging battery, assault, infliction of emotional distress, defamation and invasion of privacy. She makes the same allegations cited in the summary of her complaint to Canadian police, but also alleges that he "digitally penetrated her." Her suit eventually names nine women — Tamara Green and eight Jane Does — as witnesses who would testify about prior sexual assaults.


Tamara Green appears on NBC's "Today" show on Feb. 10, 2005, saying that Constand's allegation about being drugged and assaulted compelled her to speak publicly about an encounter she said she had with Cosby in the 1970s. She says Cosby groped and fondled her at her Los Angeles apartment after immobilizing her with what he said was cold medicine. Cosby's lawyer calls the allegations "absolutely false," and says Cosby did not even recognize her name.


Beth Ferrier, identified as Jane Doe No. 5, goes public on June 23, 2005, alleging that as a model in New York in 1984, she met Cosby and they had a brief affair. She claims Cosby drugged her coffee during an encounter in Denver and she woke up hours later in the backseat of her car with her clothes disheveled.


Janice Dickinson, in a June 6, 2006, radio interview with Howard Stern, describes Cosby as a "bad guy" and says he "preys on women." She says her publishing company forced her to downplay passages in a 2002 memoir about an alleged encounter the model and comedian had 20 years earlier. The book says Cosby was upset when she declined to go to his hotel room, saying "After all I've done for you, that's what I get?"


Barbara Bowman is named in a June 9, 2006, Philadelphia magazine report as one of the Jane Does giving depositions or statements in support of Constand's lawsuit. Constand and Cosby settle their claims out of court for an undisclosed sum that November, but it doesn't stop People magazine from publishing a detailed account of Bowman's allegations a month later. Bowman tells People that Cosby won her trust as an 18-year-old aspiring actress in 1985 and drugged and assaulted her multiple times in Reno, Nevada and Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Eight years pass.


In January 2014, The New York Times publishes an open letter by Dylan Farrow accusing another celebrity — her stepfather, Woody Allen — of abusing her as a child. Newsweek magazine follows in February, reviving the allegations from the one-time "Jane Does," publishing interviews in February with Green and Bowman.

Comedian Hannibal Buress makes "you rape women, Bill Cosby" a laugh line in his standup routine. Cosby's planned return to television begins to implode.

Bowman then writes in The Washington Post that "Cosby had drugged and raped me, too." Her Nov. 13 essay questions why it took a male comedian's comments to create the public outcry.


Joan Tarshis comes forward on Nov. 16, alleging that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1969, when she was 19. She says Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him during one encounter, and then drugged and raped her in another. Cosby's lawyer issues a blanket denial of "decade-old, discredited allegations," stating that "the fact that they are being repeated does not make them true." The next day, Cosby's lawyer clarifies that his statement does not apply to Constand.

Dickinson then reappears, telling "Entertainment Tonight" on Nov. 18 that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. She says Cosby gave her red wine and a pill in a Lake Tahoe, California, hotel room. Dickinson says she wrote about the alleged assault in a draft of her 2002 autobiography, "No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel," but that Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the claim.

Netflix indefinitely postpones the Nov. 27 premiere of a Cosby comedy special, "Bill Cosby 77." NBC then scraps a Cosby comedy series under development, and TV Land stops airing reruns of "The Cosby Show."

Castor — the prosecutor who decided not to bring charges in 2005 — reveals that Cosby had been evasive during his investigation. "I think when he said that he didn't do anything improper or illegal, I thought then he was lying and I still do," he tells The Associated Press. But Castor says there was not enough evidence to prove anything.


Therese Serignese, named in documents as a "Jane Doe," comes forward as Cosby's 7th named accuser, alleging that he drugged and assaulted her in 1976 when she was 19. The same day, Nov. 20, the AP releases video from a Nov. 6 interview with Cosby and his wife, Camille, when they were being asked about their decision to loan paintings and other artworks to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. When asked about the sex allegations resurfacing, Cosby refuses to discuss them. Later, with a microphone still attached and the camera rolling, he questions the news organization's integrity for raising the issue and says, "I would appreciate if it was scuttled."
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5SOS Said They’ll Be Performing A ‘Fan Favorite’ At The AMAs And Promise A Surprise Very Soon

5SOS reveal that they will be performing "What I Like About You" at the American Music Awards and are going to attempt to make eye contact with Jennifer Lopez.
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Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie And Louisa Moritz Come Forward With Allegations Against Bill Cosby (UPDATE)

Three more women have come forward with allegations against Bill Cosby. Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie and Louisa Moritz are three of the 11 women who have now publicly identified themselves and accused Cosby of assaulting them in some form.

Ferrigno, Leslie and Moritz's claims join a growing list of allegations made against the 77-year-old actor. In 2005, Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Cosby claiming that he drugged and molested her in 2004. Not long after, Tamara Green went on the “Today Show” alleging she had a similar experience with Cosby. Twelve other women were anonymous witnesses in the Constand case, claiming they also had similar encounters with the comedian. One by one these women have come forward to publicly identify themselves, including Barbara Bowman, Beth Ferrier and, just days ago, Therese Serignese who spoke at length with The Huffington Post. Other women to recently make their allegations against Cosby public include publicist Joan Tarshis and supermodel Janice Dickinson.

Carla Ferrigno, actress and wife of actor Lou Ferrigno, alleges that Cosby attacked her in his home in 1967 and attempted to force himself on her before she escaped. “He walked over to me and grabbed me, pulls me really tight to him, kisses me on the mouth, like really really rough. And I just took my hands and I pushed him away,” Ferrigno told KFI radio station.

Model and actress Angela Leslie says Cosby sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel room in 1992, telling the New York Daily News, “With his hand on top of mine, [Cosby] had me massage his penis.”

Louisa Moritz, a former actress best known for her role in the 1970s show “Love American Style," claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him in a green room in 1971 before going on the Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show," TMZ reported.

Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, responded to Ferrigno’s allegations in a statement to The Huffington Post. “This continuing 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 a ‘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,” Singer added.

The Huffington Post subsequently reached out for further comment on Moritz and Leslie's claims, but had not received a response at the time of publication.

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From left to right: Carla Ferrigno, Louisa Moritz and Angela Leslie


Carla Ferrigno told KFI radio station on Nov. 20 that she went on a date with a friend of Cosby's in 1967. She claims that he invited her to the comedian’s house after their dinner to meet up with Cosby and his wife Camille. After about 10 minutes, the two couples went to the movies, and then returned to the Cosbys’ home to play pool.

Once back at the house, Ferrigno says that both her date and Camille left the room as Cosby and Ferrigno played pool. Immediately after the pool game ended, Ferrigno claims that Cosby grabbed her.

“He was much bigger than me. Much bigger and he pulled me so hard and so rough. I had never been treated so roughly and he pulled me hard to him so hard,” she said on KFI radio station. “And then kissed me so hard, right in the mouth. No one has ever been that physically violent with me. I was stunned. I was frozen. I took all my body strength and used both of my arms to stop him and push him away from me. He was so forceful.”


Angela Leslie told the New York Daily News that she was an aspiring actress when the 30-year-old met Cosby in 1992, when a driver “delivered” her to the comedian in his Las Vegas hotel suite. Once in the room, Leslie claims that Cosby told her: “If you want to act, show me what you’ve got. Pretend you’re intoxicated.” She says that he then offered her a drink, which she tasted and declined, because it was filled with alcohol. “Then he asked me to go into the bathroom and wet my hair. I walked back out, and he had removed his clothing and gotten into bed,” Leslie said.

She said the comedian pulled her into bed and put lotion in her hand. “With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis,” Leslie said. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock.” After a while she said Cosby became bored and told her to leave, telling the New York Daily News, “I didn’t drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn’t pass out, he decided to get rid of me.”


Louisa Moritz claims Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1971 in New York’s NBC Studios. Now 68, Moritz tells TMZ that she was waiting in the green room for an appearance on the Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” when Cosby came into the room. She said he told her he was impressed with her work and "implied that he was going to see to it that I will become a major star through his direction,” Moritz told TMZ.

“Suddenly [Cosby] approached me and took out his penis, which was now in the line of my face and pressed up against it,” she said. "He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, ‘Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.’” Before walking out of the green room, Moritz recalls Cosby saying to her: "Now you don't want to upset me and the plans for your future, do you?"

Although the statute of limitations for any sexual assault committed in 1971 would have expired, Moritz told TMZ she still plans to file a civil lawsuit against Cosby.

Cosby was set to star in his own Netflix comedy special and a new NBC show, both of which have been since been postponed or canceled.

UPDATE: 2:42 PM -- Gawker is now reporting that two more women have stepped forward today with allegations against Bill Cosby: Renita Chaney Hill and Kristina Ruehli.


Kristina Ruehli, who says she was one of the anonymous Jane Does set to testify in Andrea Constand's 2005 lawsuit against Cosby, spoke to Philadelphia Magazine. The 71-year-old claims that in 1965, at age 22, she met Cosby while working as a secretary at a talent agency. She says Cosby invited her to a party, and when she showed up, it was just the two of them. "He proceeded to pour some bourbon," she told Philadelphia Magazine. "I drank a bourbon-and-7 at the time. I could really hold my liquor. I'm Irish. And I had a couple of those -- just two -- and then I just don't remember much." She now believes that he drugged her.

According to Ruehli, her next memory was being in Cosby's bed:
It was all foggy, and I woke up in the bed. I found myself on the bed, and he had his shirt off. He had unzipped his pants. I was just coming to.

He was attempting to force me into oral sex. He had his hand on my head. He had his cock out, and he had my head pushed close enough to it -- I just remember looking at his stomach hair. And the hair on his chest. I had never seen a black man naked before.

And it never went past that. I immediately came to and was immediately very sick. I pushed myself away and ran to the bathroom and threw up.


Renita Chaney Hill, now 47, told CBS Pittsburgh that she met Cosby in Pittsburgh when she was a 15-year-old model in the 1980s. She was cast in Cosby's “Picture Pages,” a series of educational TV segments, and was in contact with the comedian over the next four years. Hill also now believes that Cosby drugged her on more than one occasion, insisting that she drink when she was underage.

“One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn’t like it,” Hill told CBS Pittsburgh. “I remember another time when I woke up in my bed the next day and he was leaving, he mentioned you should probably lose a little weight. I thought that odd, how would he know that? I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink I would end up in my bed the next morning and I wouldn’t remember anything.” CBS Pittsburgh reported that Hill told them she does not remember whether Cosby forced sex on her, because she was drugged. She claims she cut off contact with Cosby when she was 19.

The Huffington Post reached out to Cosby's lawyers regarding the claims made by Hill and Ruehli, but at time of publication had not heard back.
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Disturbing Footage From Lost Lana Del Rey Project Leaks Online [UPDATE]

Last year, director Eli Roth ("Hostel") told Larry King that he had worked together with Lana Del Rey and Marilyn Manson for a video that was "so sick it has been locked in a vault for over a year." On Thursday, a clip purportedly matching that session briefly surfaced online before being pulled off YouTube.

In one 27-second scene, Del Rey is violently sexually assaulted. Balloons emblazoned with the word "RAPE" decorate a horrific birthday party.

The footage was shot last year, but Manson's reps told Pitchfork that it was not part of a music video or a specific Manson-related project. "Manson did not direct this, shoot it, nor was it for a Marilyn Manson video or outtake footage made by him or to be used by him with his music," Manson's rep said to Pitchfork. Del Rey, Manson and Roth's reps did not respond to immediate request for comment when contacted by HuffPost Entertainment.

Back in 2012, Del Rey and Manson were spotted together at restaurants and awards shows. Manson has also cultivated a friendship with Roth over the years, and even attended Roth's Passover seder. Watch Roth's interview with Larry King below:

This post has been updated to include comment from Manson's rep.
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Therese Serignese, Florida Nurse, Says Bill Cosby Drugged And Raped Her In 1976

Amid a slew of allegations against Bill Cosby, another woman has come forward claiming that the comedian and actor sexually assaulted her. Therese Serignese, a 57-year-old registered nurse from Boca Raton, Florida, reached out to The Huffington Post to tell her story, 38 years after she says she was raped by Cosby.

Serignese's accusations make her the seventh woman to publicly identify herself as a victim of Cosby's. In 2005, Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for the Temple University women's basketball team, filed a lawsuit against the actor, alleging that he had drugged and molested her a year prior. Shortly after, Tamara Green came forward on the "Today Show" claiming that she'd had a similar encounter with Cosby in the '70s. Twelve other anonymous women agreed to be witnesses in Constand's case, including Beth Ferrier who was identified that June, but the case was settled out of court in November 2005. In 2006, Barbara Bowman identified herself as one of those 12 women, telling her story to People Magazine. Serignese says she was another of those 12 anonymous witnesses -- Jane Doe #10.

For many years, the court of public opinion remained solidly on Cosby's side. An authorized biography of the comedian -- which left out the sexual assault allegations -- came out this September, Netflix had announced a Cosby special it was planning to air at the end of November, and NBC had a new show in the works with Cosby set to star. (The latter two have since been postponed or canceled.) Then in October, comedian Hannibal Burress decided to call out Cosby for being an alleged rapist during his comedy set. The clip went viral, and suddenly people were listening. On Nov. 16, days after Cosby declined to respond to the allegations during an interview with NPR's Scott Simon, Hollywood Elsewhere published Joan Tarshis' account of her experiences with Cosby. The former actress claimed that he had drugged and raped her in 1969. On Nov. 18, former supermodel Janice Dickinson came forward in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight," alleging that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in 1982. An eighth woman, Carla Ferrigno, also stepped forward with claims against Cosby on Nov. 19.

Serignese says she first encountered Cosby in 1976, when she was 19 and he was headlining a show at the Las Vegas Hilton (now the LVH). (In Mark Whitaker's September 2014 biography of Cosby, Cosby: His Life and Times, he writes that the comedian "returned to the Hilton year after year" during the 1970s, sometimes up to four times a year.)

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Therese Serignese as a young woman.

During a chance encounter at the Hilton gift shop, where Serignese says she was looking at jewelry with her sister, she says that Cosby invited her to see his show. "Somebody came up to me and put their arm around my neck from the back and said: 'Will you marry me?'" Serignese told HuffPost over the phone. "And I turned around to see who it was, and it was Bill Cosby."

After the show she claims she was escorted back to the green room by one of Cosby's people, where she waited around until everyone else had left. Once they were alone together, she says that Cosby held out two white pills and a glass of water, saying, "Here, take these." She did.

"The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me," she said. "I was just there, thinking 'I'm on drugs, I'm drugged.' I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there."

Serignese says that her mother encouraged her to call Cosby after she confided in her about the assault, saying, "Well, maybe he'll take care of you." She claims that she did call him, and that Cosby put her up in her own room in the penthouse of the Hilton for about three weeks, until he kicked her out after she had a pregnancy scare. She claims that she continued to have intermittent contact with Cosby over the next 20 years, including at least one subsequent sexual encounter around 1985. She also accepted two payments from him in 1996 after she sustained serious injuries in a car accident, including a $5,000 check from his agent, but she never came forward publicly about the assault for fear that no one would believe her.

"I just tried to forget it. I tried to block it out," she said over the phone. "It doesn't go away but you can make it silent. You can bury it. But all of these times when this stuff comes up, it does make me angry."

That anger finally boiled over into action when Serignese heard about Constand's 2005 lawsuit against Cosby. After hearing about the suit, she says, she called the Philadelphia police department to tell her story, and became one of the anonymous Jane Does set to testify for the prosecution. (Thirteen women in total were set to be witnesses before the case was settled out of court.)

Bill Cosby's camp did not respond to a request for comment.

Below is a letter Serignese says she received from Constand's lawyers when she agreed to testify in 2005.
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We spoke with Serignese about her experiences with Cosby over the years, the impact that the incidents have had on her life and why she's choosing to be identified now.

Therese, you reached out to us. I know that this obviously dredges up something that's really horrible in your life. So, what is it that you want people to know?

Well, my incident happened in 1976. That's a long time ago. I saw the other women coming out, and I just wanted people to know that this man is capable of what is being said about him. In my case, it happened. So, what do I want people to know? That he has caused a lot of harm to a lot of women. And I believe that he owes each and every woman a sincere apology. I wish he would quit lying and denying it, because what helps [victims] heal, is that validation that someone hears you, that someone believes you, that you matter. It mattered. What happened to you mattered.

And that's why I'm reaching out, because over the course of 38 years, I have heard these stories about what a great guy he is. He certainly is funny. But he also predatorily abuses women.

When did you first meet Bill Cosby?

I was in Las Vegas in 1976. My mother had moved down there after my parents got divorced. I believe it was a summer vacation, because my little brothers and sisters were also down there. And I remember being at the Hilton Hotel where Bill Cosby was the headliner, and I was just shopping with my younger sister. I was 19 and my younger sister was 14. And we were just looking at jewelry at the Hilton and somebody came up to me and put their arm around my neck from the back and said: "Will you marry me?" And I turned around to see who it was, and it was Bill Cosby.

Well, this was pretty darn amazing. Because, I knew who he was. He was a star. And we ended up talking. I remember he asked me if I wanted to go see his show. And I was thrilled! It was expensive, and he was the headliner. I never dreamed I would get to go to that show. So, I got to see his show and I sat in the front row. I got escorted to the front row; I was treated like royalty.

But afterwards, one of his people escorted me to the green room. There were lots of people there and they were all jovial, talking to [Cosby]. I was just sitting on the couch. I was kind of shy at the time [and] I was very naive. I wasn't used to being in this type of situation. One by one, the people left. And then finally I was the last one there. I didn't think anything of it, but I didn't know what to say. I was just there. And then that's when he came up to me and held his hand out. He had two large white pills in his hand and a glass of water. And he said: "Here, take these." Now, I went to Catholic school, I learned to be obedient, and this was an authority. This was like my father. This was like my teacher; like the president. This was an authority [figure]. So, I did it. I took the pills.

Can you walk me through exactly what happened after you took the pills?

The next memory I have was in a bathroom, and the bathroom mirror was there and maybe a cabinet was open or something. I was bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me. I was being raped. I felt drugged and I was being raped, and it was kind of surreal. It was sex. It was intercourse -- it was all of that and it was beyond the scope of what I would've ever been comfortable with. I didn't know this man! We didn't even talk! I was drugged. I was intimidated. I was just there, thinking "I'm on drugs, I'm drugged." I just knew in my head that it would be over soon. You have no voice; you just hope you get out of there. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there. And then my next memory is leaving the building. I don't know how I got home. All I remember is feeling drugged, and not knowing how that even happened to me.

Did you come forward and file a police report at the time?

Oh no, no. I couldn't even make sense of it in my own head. I was just angry at myself. How did I let that happen? You blame yourself. You now are a victim; you're embarrassed. Nobody would have believed any of us if we stood there back then in the '70s and said that [Bill Cosby had assaulted us]. There was nothing even called "date rape." That wasn't even a word. Even to this day, women are mocked [and] women are accused of lying. "Well, why did you go to his room?" Well, who ever dreams someone is going to drug you and then rape you?

Did you confide in anyone about the assault at the time?

I told bits and pieces to friends. But not that particular spot of the incident, no. Because that's humiliating and shameful. [The only person I told in 1976 about what had happened] was my mother. Now, in 1976, women didn't have any power. You didn't say anything about that. This was a star, this was a headliner. You just didn't do anything. So [when I told her about the assault], my mother said to me: "Well, maybe he'll take care of you." My mom encouraged me to call him.

Did you end up calling him?

I did. I ended up calling him, and after that incident I stayed at the Hilton for about three weeks. I remember being up at the penthouse. I had my own room up there. I tried to make it like it was OK. I stayed there in a room until one day when I thought I was pregnant. I told him that I may be pregnant and he quickly shipped me out of there. But I ended up knowing him for years after that.

A few years later -- it might have been 1985 -- after I went through a divorce, Bill Cosby had come to Michigan, where I was living. By that time we had -- I dunno what kind of relationship it was, but it wasn't something normal. I was vulnerable and I reached out to him because I wanted to go see his show. He had a limo pick me up and take me over there. I went to see his show, and then, I guess, he assumed that I was gonna sleep with him. And I remember thinking, "God, I just wanted to see his show!"

Did he give you drugs during this encounter?

I would say he made me take drugs. I really don't think that I ever had consensual sex with him, ever. It was an intimidation thing; it was a vulnerability. I put myself in the wrong place many times and then I paid the consequences.

I remember he made me get my hair wet and stand in front of the mirror, and he wanted me to pretend I was an actress. It was just very bizarre to me, and I didn't want to do it, but I never felt like I had personal power. I guess I always felt like a victim.

Did you speak with him again after that?

Well, [in Michigan] he had said to me: "I will give you $500 for every 'A' you get if you go back to college and get your education." My life went on, and I did end up going back to nursing school and becoming a registered nurse. I got hurt in a car accident in November of 1993, after I had moved to Florida. I ended up being pretty darn disabled, where I couldn't walk, I couldn't use my arms -- I was pretty badly injured. My sister remembered what he had said to me [back in Michigan after his show]. And she says: "Call Bill Cosby up. Make him make good on that." And so my older sister called him up, and then she put me on the phone. And he was just yelling at me, asking why am I calling him after all these years? I said "Bill, you said this to me, and I'm calling you and saying what you said."

The next day, I got a call from a secretary. He sent me a wire transfer, and he had William Morris company send me money, addressed to "Terese Picking." My name at the time [of the initial assault] was Therese Picking and that's what he knew me as. It wasn't hush money. In my mind, this man made a lot of promises. And my sister asked him to make good on it when I was in a time of need.

Below is a photograph of a letter Serignese says she received in 1996 from Tom Illius at the William Morris Agency. Illius was Cosby's agent. He passed away in 2011. William Morris Endeavor did not respond to a request for comment.

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Did you ever directly accuse him of assaulting you?

No, I never said anything. I couldn't even face it. After that initial time I just tried to forget it. I tried to block it out. It doesn't go away but you can make it silent. You can bury it. And then you go on. But when this stuff comes up, it does make me angry. This last woman [Andrea Constand] -- well that we know about -- was from 2004. My [assault] was in '76! Do you see how many people he might have done this to?

How did you become involved with Andrea Constand's 2005 lawsuit against Cosby?

Ten years ago, when I saw this Andrea Constand make a complaint, I was angry. I called the Philadelphia police department up and I told them my story. I called to -- I dunno -- validate her, and let her know that this man does this, and this is what happened to me. And evidently, there were 13 of us. I'm Jane Doe #10. And that [lawsuit is] when it really came out into the public.

The letter Serignese says she received from Judith Rubino, the attorney who was representing her as a witness in Andrea Constand's case.

I didn't want to come forward with my name, because everybody insults you; it's all negative. And my children were still young. Now my children are all grown and they're all adults and every single one of them knows this story.

After all these years, why come forward with your identity now?

The reason I'm coming forward now is that I'm still angry about what he did, and I'm angry that he pretends he didn't do these things. People know what they do. He's gotta have some kind of a conscience and he has to feel some kind of guilt in his heart for what he did. And he owes every one of us a sincere apology. I don't want to carry this after he dies without him apologizing. It's hard to carry something like that through your whole life.

This is a man that everybody said, "What a great guy this is!" "This is Mr. Family Man!" -- and I knew he wasn't. I know he's a rapist.

I wanted to make sure somebody heard me. I just wanted someone to hear me.

This interview has been edited and condensed. Alanna Vagianos and David Lohr contributed reporting.
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Taryn Manning Reportedly Arrested For Criminal Threats

Taryn Manning has been arrested in New York City for making criminal threats, TMZ reports. The Huffington Post has reached out to Manning's rep and the NYPD for comment.

According to TMZ, the "Orange Is the New Black" star reportedly threatened her former friend Jeanine Heller via social media and text messages, and was arrested by the NYPD for violating a mutual restraining orders in place against her.

Manning's lawyer released a statement to TMZ claiming the allegations were false:

The District Attorney declined to prosecute Ms. Manning and the arrest was voided. The allegation was false. It is unfortunate that additional false allegations by an individual convicted of violating orders of protection intended to protect Ms. Manning are facilitated by purported news organizations to perpetuate the harassment of Ms. Manning exponentially.

Though, according to TMZ, the NYPD claims the arrest was not voided.

Manning posted a message to her Facebook page on Tuesday night that seems to hint at the allegations:

The 36-year-old actress pressed charges against Heller in July for allegedly sending hundreds of online messages to Manning over a four-month span, according to a report from Page Six. Heller was released without bail, but issued an order barring her from having contact with Manning or her family members.

HuffPost will update this story if either the NYPD or Manning's rep reply with a comment.
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Garth Brooks Doesn’t Even Pause To Breathe While Perfectly Describing Parenthood

Country star Garth Brooks went on hiatus from music 13 years ago to be a stay-at-home dad to his three daughters. Now that 22-year-old Taylor, 20-year -old August, and 18-year-old Annie are have reached adulthood, their famous father is back on the road for his comeback world tour.

Still, in a recent interview with Access Hollywood, Brooks took some time to reflect on his years as a full-time dad. The singer described his old daily routine, from the dreaded morning wake-up ritual, to shuttling his daughters between extracurriculars, to his end-of-day fatigue.

“The day starts every day at 6:00," Brooks said. "They’re not up yet because you got to get up and you gotta make their breakfast so you go in and wake them up at 6:15… Then you go back and roust them up again,” the 52-year-old star vented. “Now all of a sudden it’s getting close to 7 (and) they don’t wanna get up… they don’t wanna go to school."

The "Friends In Low Places" singer continued with a description of carpool time and his kids' frequent forgetfulness. "You finally get 'em up and get all their lunches packed and put them in the van and take them off to school, but oh my God somebody forgot their bloomers for cheerleading practice... so you're walking across the gym floor holding a pair of bloomers."

And when it comes to the end of the day, Brooks' experience is similar to many tired parents'. "You finally get time for story time and you fall asleep and they're still awake."

H/T BabyCenter

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10 Celebrity ‘How We Met’ Stories That Will Warm Your Cold, Cynical Heart

There are plenty of celebrity couples who have gotten together after playing romantic leads (Brangelina, anyone?) But it doesn't always take a multi-million dollar picture or a glamorous Hollywood party for celebrities to fall in love. In fact, some stars have "how we met" love stories based on random coincidences that are almost too sweet to believe. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Actress Carey Mulligan and singer Marcus Mumford were childhood pen pals.

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In a story so perfectly mushy, not even Nicholas Sparks could have written it, Mulligan and Mumford were childhood pen pals who lost contact. After they each became famous, they met again as adults. They fell in love, of course, and were married.

2. Matt Damon met his wife, Luciana Barroso, at a bar on Miami Beach. She was the bartender.

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Damon met his wife, Luciana Barroso, at a bar on Miami Beach in 2003
, where the star was filming "Stuck On You." A few crew members convinced a reluctant Damon to go out for a beer. He almost refused. Once he saw Barossa, who was working as a bartender, he was smitten. They married in 2005. He says, "The moral is that when you're tired, suck it up and go to the bar because you might meet your wife."

3. David Beckham fell in love with wife Victoria when he saw her in a Spice Girls music video.

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Though the two first met at a Manchester United charity match back in 1997, David has confessed to falling in love with Victoria at an earlier date -- when he saw her in the Spice Girls' music video for "Say You'll Be There." He recalls thinking, "That's the girl for me and I'm going to get her! She's my idea of perfection. I knew that if she wanted me, we would be together forever."

4. Patrick Dempsey met his wife, hairstylist Jillian Fink, when she cut his hair.

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"Grey's Anatomy" star Patrick Dempsey met his wife, Jillian Fink, when he scheduled a haircut at the salon where she worked. Fate met great hair styling: They married, and she still cuts his hair today.

5. Kate Moss met rocker husband Jamie Hince thanks to Google.

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Moss told Vanity Fair that she met The Kills drummer thanks to a random Google search. She said, "I was at my friend's house in the South of France, and we were Googling men. And I went, "Ooh, I like the look of him." Guess he liked the look of her, too; the pair were hitched in 2011!

6. Michael Caine saw Shakira Baksh in a Maxwell House coffee commercial and fell in love.

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Michael Caine saw Shakira Baksh in a 1971 television ad for Maxwell House coffee. He was so taken with her that he was prepared to fly to Brazil, where the commercial was shot, to find her. Luckily, she happened to live a mere mile away, and a mutual friend connected the two.

7. Talent agent Jim Toth met wife Reese Witherspoon while apologizing for his drunk friend who had been hitting on her.

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Toth met Witherspoon at a party while apologizing for his very drunk friend who had been hitting on the actress. Witherspoon apparently forgave the faux pas-- enough to eventually marry the talent agent!

8. "Grey's Anatomy" star Ellen Pompeo and music producer Chris Ivery met at the grocery store.

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Their story is heart-warming (or terrifying, depending on how many times you have personally gone to the grocery store in pajamas and missed the chance to meet your one true love). Four years after bumping into each other at a Los Angeles grocery store, the pair married.

9. Cynthia Nixon met future wife Christine Marinoni at a political rally.

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According to the New York Daily News, the "Sex and the City" actress met future wife Christine Marinoni while attending a political rally about education budget cuts. At the time she was with partner Danny Mozes, and had never been with a woman. Of falling in love with Marinoni after previously dating only men, Nixon says "It wasn't something in me that was waiting to come out. It was like, this person is undeniable. How can I let this person walk by?"

10. Scar Jo and Romain Dauriac met through their tattoo artist, Fuzi Uvtpk.

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It was love at first tat! According to Glamour, Scar Jo met Romain Dauriac through tattoo artist Fuzi Uvtpk. Apparently, the tattoo artist gave Johanson a tattoo of a horseshoe and the message "Lucky You," and Dauriac a tat that read "Lost Illusions."

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