Another Bill Cosby Appearance Canceled as Jane Doe Accuser Steps Forward
A university fundraiser replaces the comedian as Donna Motsinger reportedly claims the comedian drugged and raped her in 1971
Bill Cosby has been cut as the headliner of an upcoming university fundraiser at the same time another Jane Doe from a 2005 lawsuit against Cosby has stepped forward to tell her story, saying she has felt like a "coward" for remaining quiet.
Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., announced in a statement on Wednesday that it had canceled Cosby's Dec. 5 appearance "as recent developments have overshadowed the FHU Benefit Dinner’s mission of helping students." Dr. Ben Carson will replace Cosby.
Joe Wiley, president of the private Christian university, said in the statement: “As important as this event is to our students, we know that names we have seen in the media represent real people who will be affected long after FHU’s dinner has passed. Please join us in praying for healing and peace for those involved.”
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As another Cosby appearance was canceled, Donna Motsinger of Taos, New Mexico, claimed in the New York Post that the comedian drugged and raped her in 1971, while she worked as a waitress at a jazz club in Sausalito, Calif.
Motsinger also told the newspaper that she was Jane Doe No. 8 in Andrea Constand's 2005 civil suit against Cosby for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting her. That case was settled out of court in 2006 for an undisclosed amount.
Motsinger told the paper she came forward because she felt like a coward for not sharing her story.
“I feel guilty not telling my story,” Motsinger said. “I’m a coward over here. Those women are brave. It’s the least I can do. I want to tell people so [the victims] can’t be bullied, so they can’t be discredited.”