Katherine McKee Sues Bill Cosby For 1971 Rape
While Bill Cosby was suing Beverly Johnson for defamation, Katherine McKee, the ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis, Jr., was filing a lawsuit against him claiming he raped her in a Michigan hotel room in 1971.
Via The NY Daily News:
She said Cosby, 77, ambushed her out of the blue one night after she decided to extend her stay around a Detroit gig so she could visit family. Cosby was in town too and invited her to a party on a boat, she said.
“He was a buddy. He knew I was Sammy’s girl,” she said about accepting the invitation.
McKee, now 65, said Cosby asked her to get some ribs from local hotspot Checker Bar-B-Q and then pick him up at his hotel.
“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,” McKee said of Cosby.
“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 News. “It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable,” she said.
“To me, there was a different personality involved. He was a different man. It felt like a different person performing that act.”
McKee said she quickly fled to the bathroom to compose herself. Cosby got dressed, and the two shared an icy silence in the elevator down to the lobby, where someone was waiting to escort them to the boat party.
“I never said a word. I was too uncomfortable about it,” she recalled. “Bill was so rude and cold toward me the rest of the night. I thought, ‘When this boat docks, I’m out of here.’ I just left.”
McKee said she never uttered a peep to Davis about what allegedly happened.
“I didn’t want to put that in Sammy’s head,” McKee said.
“I was mad at my own self for not saying, ‘What the f—?’ Why didn’t I stop it and get him away from me? But it happened too fast. I was absolutely flabbergasted,” she said.
“And I had the guilt. I questioned myself, ‘Why did I go there? Why did I bring him those ribs? Maybe he thought that’s what I wanted too?’”
The actress, who appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” in 1971 before the alleged attack, and “Sanford and Son” in 1972 said she just buried the freaky episode.
“I figured, ‘If I don’t think about it, it won’t bother me.’ Of course, with all these women surfacing now, it flushed it out,” said McKee, who later became a casting agent.
“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,” she said.
“I chalked it up to another powerful person in Hollywood who just felt he could take what he wanted from women.”