Sammy Davis Jr.'s Ex-Girlfriend Claims Bill Cosby Raped Her
Katherine McKee told her story to the New York Daily News
An ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr. has said Bill Cosby raped her in a Detroit hotel room when she toured with Davis in the early '70s.
Katherine McKee, 65, told the New York Daily News her story, joining several women who've accused Cosby of sexually assaulting them, including models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
McKee, a former Vegas showgirl and actress who partied with Davis' Rat Pack crew in the '60s, claims she was attacked after Cosby invited her to a party when she stayed in Detroit after one of Davis' shows so she could visit family.
McKee said she and Cosby had been friends for eight years and she had appeared on The Bill Cosby Show in 1971. "He was a buddy. He knew I was Sammy's girl," she said, explaining that she felt comfortable accepting his invitation.
McKee said Cosby asked her to get some ribs from a local restaurant and then pick him up at his hotel. “I remember I walked in the door [to his hotel room], and he had a robe and cap on," she recalled. "He took the ribs from my hands and just grabbed me.
“He spun me around, pulled my panties down and just took it. We were still standing at the door when he attacked me,” she told the newspaper. “It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable."
McKee said she and Cosby never spoke of the attack, and she did not tell Davis. She remained quiet until a recent wave of sexual assault claims against the comedian "flushed it out."
During the past two months, Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 20 women over a period spanning several decades but has not been criminally charged. He has remained mostly silent about the allegations, aside from brief comments to a New York Post reporter, to whom he said some media outlets should approach the issue with a "neutral mind." The comedian is currently on a live stand-up tour, although multiple tour dates have been canceled in recent weeks.
Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, has denied the sexual assault claims and questioned the accusers' credibility.
Cosby's daughter Evin defended her father on Dec. 16 as "the father you thought you knew." The statement followed her mother's statement the previous day, insisting that the comedian "is the man you thought you knew."