We saw the faces on the cover of New York magazine this week.
Now, one of Bill Cosby’s accusers has spoken exclusively with FOX 5 about the cover story and why it took so many years to come forward.
Marcella Tate first met Cosby in 1975 when she was a young model in Chicago. She said she got to know the comedian through friends. Then one day, Tate received a phone call from Cosby.
“He said, ‘Hi, this is Bill. I need a ride from the airport. I just got in.’” said Tate.
She said Cosby asked for a ride to the Playboy Mansion. Tate thought it was strange, but she had never been and said Cosby invited her to join him.
“I went in expecting other people to be around. There weren’t that I could see. He brought me either a glass of wine or iced tea, something. And really that was the last clear memory that I had. I was out,” Tate said. “I woke up and he was next to me. I was in a different room. I was in a bed.”
Tate said Cosby was naked. She knew something was wrong with her. She wasn’t feeling well and she knew she had been sexually assaulted.
“It wasn’t a normal situation and there was no consent whatsoever,” said Tate.
She said she was so out of it that she doesn’t remember how she got home. The newly-divorced young mom was afraid to say anything.
“You came forward in April of this year and you say the assault happened in 1975 and people have asked, ‘Why now?’ Why did you not come forward before now?” FOX 5’s Laura Evans asked.
“It was just a very difficult subject to approach. I didn't know how to approach it and I was fearful,” Tate said. “There was a level of fear because of who it was and the power. You knew you wouldn’t be believed.”
When she started hearing the stories of other accusers, Tate realized that she wasn’t alone and decided to share her story.
“I felt like I needed to step up to the plate and be straightforward and honest about it,” said Tate.
“What was your reaction seeing yourself on the cover of the magazine?” Evans asked.
“It was powerful. It was straightforward. I think the message is there won't be silence anymore,” Tate responded.
Attorney Gloria Allred is representing Tate and several of the other women on the cover. Because of the statute of limitations, it’s too late to criminally prosecute or to sue Cosby in a civil case. Allred said her clients have other intentions.
“She certainly can speak out in the court of public opinion, which is what she has been doing and what she is now doing. And that is empowering to her and I think it’s inspiring to other women,” she said.
Allred said the candor of Tate and all of the other women who say they were victims is breaking the silence and diminishing the shame.
“I can assure you that I’m still being contacted by even more women who are alleging they are also victims of Mr. Cosby’s drugging and sexual assault,” Allred said.
New York magazine said they hope the story will open up the discussion about rape and give women the courage to come forward.
FOX 5 reached out to Cosby's attorney for a comment, but we have not heard back.