Over 50 women have come forward accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault, a staggering number that was highlighted by New York Magazine when it featured over 35 of Cosby's accusers on the memorable cover of its July issue. The overwhelming amount of testimony against Cosby will again be pulled into focus Thursday when A&E airs "Cosby: The Women Speak," a one-hour special in which over a dozen of the women with allegations against "The Cosby Show" star will tell their stories.
"Cosby: The Women Speak" will air Thursday, Sep. 17 at 9 p.m. EST on A&E, the network announced Monday. According to Rolling Stone, the documentary will feature over a dozen of the women accusing Cosby of rape and give them the opportunity to share their story. The highlighted women include actress Louisa Moritz, publicist Joan Tarshis and model Beverly Johnson. Johnson previously penned a Vanity Fair article detailing her alleged assault at the hands of the comedian.
Over 50 women have come forward with accusations since interest in allegations surrounding Cosby was renewed after a video went viral showing comedian Hannibal Buress speaking candidly about Cosby's checkered past in a Philadelphia stand-up set in October 2014. The A&E special will also track how and why the video struck a chord with the public.
“He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people … I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom,'" Burress told the crowd in 2014. "Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches. 'I don't curse on stage!' Yeah, but you're a rapist … I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch 'Cosby Show' reruns. I've done this bit on stage and people act like I'm making it up."
Watch the trailer for "Cosby: The Women Speak" below:
Will the documentary shed new light on the allegations against Bill Cosby? "Cosby: The Women Speak" airs Thursday, Sep. 17 at 9 p.m. EDT on A&E.