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Bill Cosby's Joke About Drugging Women in 1969 Resurfaces as New Alleged Victim Speaks Out

by Jackie Willis 7:12 AM PST, November 18, 2014
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With Bill Cosby's rape allegations once again in the headlines, some of his old jokes are now being unearthed and scrutinized.

After two women have recently come forward claiming to have been drugged and raped by the comedian, a joke from Cosby's 1969 album It's True! It's True! has been making the rounds. In the stand-up recording, he recounts a story of being a 13-year-old boy and learning that (allegedly) when you slip "Spanish fly" into a woman's drink, it will make her more susceptible to a man's advances.

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"From then on, anytime you see a girl, 'Wish I had some Spanish fly,'" Cosby is heard saying in his 1969 act. "Go to a party, see five girls standing alone. Boy, if I had a whole jug of Spanish fly I'd light that corner up over there. Haaa ha ha."

Allegations of sexual abuse seem to be stacking up against The Cosby Show star, and ET sat down with one of the comedian's alleged victims, former publicist Joan Tarshis. She claims Cosby assaulted her on two occasions in 1969 when she was just 19 years old.

"I want to talk about this now and I want to really support the other women who have gone through this," she told ET's Kevin Frazier on Monday's show, explaining, "Now with people coming out..., it's being handled differently."

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Another of Cosby's accusers, Barbara Bowman, wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post this past week detailing the alleged assault she says she fell victim to in 1985 when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress.

"In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry," she writes. "When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me. But as a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it."

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Cosby's lawyer, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement on Sunday in response to the sexual assault allegations after Cosby's initial response of just silence during an NPR interview.

"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact they are being repeated does not make them true," the statement reads. "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."

Check out the video below for ET's interview with one of the alleged victims. 

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