Thirty-five. That’s the number of women who opted to pose for a New York Magazine cover highlighting the sheer number of women who are alleging some kind of assault against comedian Bill Cosby.
According to materials released by the magazine, the project took 6 months and includes 35 of the 46 women who have allegations against Cosby.
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“All 35 were interviewed separately, and yet their stories have remarkable similarities, in everything from their descriptions of the incidents to the way they felt in the aftermath,” the magazine states. “Each story is awful in its own right. But the horror is multiplied by the sheer volume of seeing them together, reading them together, considering their shared experience.”
According to a court deposition obtained by the New York Times, Cosby admitted to giving women Quaaludes. However, Cosby maintains that any sexual encounters he had with his accusers were consensual.
The empty chair on the cover is meant to symbolize the women who are believed to have been assaulted by Cosby, but are still remaining quiet.