A former actress who once identified as Sammy Davis Jr.’s road wife has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of raping her in a Michigan hotel room in the early 1970s.
Katherine McKee, now 65, alleged Monday that Cosby forced himself on her after inviting her to a party on a boat in Detroit.
Then a radiant young actress who’d appeared on Sanford and Son and even Cosby’s own The Bill Cosby Show, McKee never publicly discussed the incident until now.
Another accuser: Katherine McKee (right) was a radiant young actress in the 1970s when she says she was raped in a Detroit hotel room by Bill Cosby
‘It was a rape, but it seemed so strange to call it that. We think of rape as a stranger who attacks you in a parking lot,’ McKee, now a casting agent, told the New York Daily News. ‘I chalked it up to another powerful person in Hollywood who just felt he could take what he wanted from women.’
Now McKee has seen the accusations against Cosby dating back to the 1970s come flooding in. ‘It flushed it out,’ she said.
The former Las Vegas showgirl was a party staple among Davis’ Rat Pack and says the crooner was in an open marriage, with her as his ‘road wife.’
While on the road herself sometime in the early 70s, McKee stuck around Detroit to visit family following a performance. Cosby, she told NYDN, happened to be in town at the time, too.
McKee says Cosby invited her to the party then asked her to meet him in his room with some ribs from a local barbecue joint.
‘It was so fast and so shocking’: Now 65 and working as a casting agent, McKee says Cosby asked her to bring ribs to his hotel room from a local barbecue joint. When she arrived she says he immediately pounced her on her
She did as he asked and has regretted it since.
‘I remember I walked in the door, and he had a robe and cap on. He took the ribs from my hands and just grabbed me,’ said recalls. ‘It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable.’
McKee says the rest of the night Cosby was ‘rude and cold’ to her for the rest of the night. She never told her famous lover what happened.
‘I didn’t want to put that in Sammy’s head,’ McKee said.
But Davis has been dead over twenty years and 77-year-old Cosby’s reputation as the 1980s and 90s most trusted TV dad totally besmirched by some twenty women’s sexual assault accusations.
Now McKee says Cosby should sit for a lie detector test after the comedian’s almost blanket denial of wrongdoing in any of the alleged incidents.
Cosby has been under siege amid allegations that he drugged women and sexually assaulted them, dating back to the 1970s. He has never been criminally charged in connection with the accusations, and his lawyer has denied many of them. Cosby settled a lawsuit in 2005 with a Pennsylvania woman who said he drugged and fondled her.
However, another woman with claims against Cosby says hers do fall within the statute of limitations.
Chloe Goins, 24, claims Cosby spiked her drink with a sedative before luring her into a room and launching an attack on her in 2008.
As the scandal smears the comic legend’s onetime image as America’s loveable dad, his mastery of the pregnant pause for laughs is now being played as a defense.
At the time of the alleged attack, McKee (in a 1971 movie poster at right) was a budding actress. ‘I chalked it up to another powerful person in Hollywood who just felt he could take what he wanted from women,’ she said. At right, Cosby is pictured with wife Camille in 1966
Cosby has had little to say publicly about the scandal, though he did address his silence last month before his stand-up concert tour began to crumble, with at least 10 shows in as many states canceled or indefinitely postponed.
‘I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,’ he told Florida Today newspaper.
Attorney Martin Singer has done most of the talking, dismissing allegations as ‘fantastical,’ ‘unsubstantiated’ and ‘uncorroborated.’
Singer has attacked the one lawsuit alleging sex abuse, saying the woman who claimed Cosby drugged and molested her at the Playboy mansion in 1974 when she was 15 had tried to extort $250,000 from the star. Singer tried to undermine her assertion that she only recently discovered the trauma by saying she tried to peddle her story to a tabloid 10 years ago.
Blanket denial: Cosby has denied wrong doing in all the 20-some alleged incidents of assault save for a 2005 Pennsylvania lawsuit he settled with Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and raped. Camille Cosby (left) has also come out in defense of her husband.