Photographer Behind the 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Cover Story Opens Up About the Amazing Experience

by Raphael Chestang 2:17 PM PDT, July 27, 2015
Playing Photographer Behind the 35 Bill Cosby Accusers Cover Story Opens Up About the Amazing Experience

The New York Magazine cover that features 35 of Bill Cosby's accusers side-by-side is an undoubtedly powerful image.

Now Amanda Demme, the photographer who took the stunning portrait of each woman as she was allowed to share her story, is opening up to ET about what the experience was like behind the scenes.

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"Every single one of them touched me," Amanda told ET. "I'm so happy that I was able to be part of making them feel good and be heard."

Photo: Amanda Demme / New York Magazine

This "unwelcome sisterhood" was made up of women, who ranged in age from 20 to 80, came from all walks of life -- from Playboy bunnies to journalists to waitresses -- and were placed side-by-side on the magazine's cover with the date of their alleged assault by the 78-year-old comedian below. Amanda said the connection the women were able to form was so contagious that she also was swept up in the bonding.

"They were elegant. They were sad. They were thankful," Amanda said. "Some of them had never met before, and watching them meet each other was quite a gut-full. They would cry and they just were incredibly kind to each other and supportive. They were lovely."

Amanda told us that those who showed up were incredibly open about their experience.

"When you got in the room, you knew why you were here. Getting them here was another question," Amanda said. "I think a lot of people were scared. I'm so happy I was able to give them a platform where they could express themselves. It was profound."

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While the cover features 35 women of a reported 46 total, an empty chair was left on the end, Amanda explained the meaning behind that symbol.

"They've been alone for so long. They haven't had a voice," Amanda said. "It's inviting more voices."

Subsequently, the empty chair sparked a Twitter hashtag around the discussion. Social media is extraordinary for good things and for bad things," Amanda said. "It gives the underdog a voice."

Many of the women shared remarkably similar stories, but Amanda was careful not to overlook their individuality.

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"They're all individuals, and they had their individual experience," Amanda said. "Collectively, they all are victims, but they rallied and good for them."

Cosby has never been charged with a crime and maintains his innocence. After admitting to obtaining Quaaludes to give to "young women" that he "wanted to have sex with," Cosby's lawyers said the comedian "admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s."