December 11th, 2014
08:44 PM ET

Famed Model Beverly Johnson claims Bill Cosby drugged her

(CNN) - In an essay for Vanity Fair, famed model Beverly Johnson accuses Bill Cosby of drugging her in a meeting at his Manhattan residence in the 1980s - adding herself to the list of women who have made accusations against the comedian in recent weeks.

"For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible. So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness," she writes. "Now that other women have come forward with their nightmare stories, I join them."


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December 9th, 2014
09:46 PM ET

North Korea calls Sony cyberattack "a righteous deed"

The hackers taking responsibility for the sophisticated cyber attack against Sony Pictures is making a demand - it wants the company to stop the movie, "The Interview," a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

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North Korea is strongly suspected of being behind the hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The Sony mega-hack: What you need to know

The cyber attack revealed a trove of sensitive information, including:

  • Entire films and movie scripts
  • Salaries of 6,000 employees
  • Internal memos and emails
  • More than 47,000 Social Security numbers of movie stars, employees, and contractors

Employees were threatened, receiving email messages that read, "your family will be in danger." Sony Pictures is calling it a terrorist attack.

North Korea denies responsibility, but calls the hack "a righteous deed." The hackers taking responsibility warned the company to stop showing the movie of "terrorism."

OutFront, Gordon Chang, who is a columnist and author of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World."

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November 21st, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Why Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations are resurfacing now

On Friday night, Bill Cosby received a standing ovation in Florida, where he's performing as part of his comedy tour.

The ovation comes as two more Bill Cosby accusers speak out. At least a dozen women have broken their silence.

Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations

There were reports of alleged sexual assault back in 2005, but it wasn't until another comedian recently called out Cosby that women started coming forward with strikingly similar stories.

In a statement released late Friday night, Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, says

The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.

These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.
It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.

Susan Candiotti reports for OutFront.

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November 19th, 2014
08:55 PM ET

NBC, Netflix drop Bill Cosby as former supermodel Janice Dickinson claims comedian sexual assaulted her

In the wake of losing major comedy deals with NBC and Netflix, Bill Cosby is no longer remaining silent about women coming forward with allegations of rape.

Supermodel Janice Dickinson is the latest to claim he drugged and raped her – and the comedy icon's new lawyer – a so-called "pit bull" litigator whose celebrity clients include Charlie Sheen and Arnold Schwarzenegger – is striking back.

Jean Casarez is OutFront.

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November 17th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

Hatchett: Bill Cosby has to do some 'soul-searching' in dealing with rape allegations

Allegations that Comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a number of women earlier in his career have resurfaced with a vengeance as another woman speaks out.

A former actress and publicist, Joan Tarshis, tells Hollywood Elsewhere, the TV icon raped her twice when she was 19.

Her story is strikingly similar to Barbara Bowman, who spoke to CNN last week about what Cosby allegedly did to her.

Bowman claims she was drugged, then raped, though she said she never saw drugs.

"I woke up out of a very confused state not in my clothes," she said.

Cosby appeared this weekend before a sold out crowd in Pennsylvania but declined to answer questions about the resurfacing allegations during an NPR interview.

Cosby's attorney John P. Schmitt released a statement Sunday saying, "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."

OutFront, Civil attorney and Judge Glenda Hatchett.

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