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Janis Ian Says Bill Cosby Tried to Ban Her From TV

Singer Janis Ian has added her voice to the many who are speaking out against Bill Cosby since numerous sexual assault allegations have come out against the comedic icon.

In a Facebook post this week, Ian shared her own story about a personal experience with Cosby.

“I have a personal stake,” she wrote, linking to the recent New York magazine cover story in which 35 Cosby accusers told their stories. “No, I was not sexually bothered by Bill Cosby. We met because he was curious about me.”

She wrote that her story began when her hit “Society’s Child” dominated the charts when she was only 16 years old. She then made an appearance on variety show “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.” After months of being on the road and the controversy surrounding “Society’s Child,” Ian said she was exhausted at the show’s taping.

“I needed to sleep. So I fell asleep in my chaperone’s lap. She was earth motherly, I was scared. It was good to rest,” she wrote.

Shortly after the taping, Ian was informed that she had been blackballed from appearing on television.

“A while later, my manager called me into her office,” she recounted. “‘What happened at the Smothers Brothers show?!’ I had no idea what she was talking about, and said so. ‘Well, no one else on TV is willing to have you on.'”

According to Ian, her manager explained that it was Cosby who initiated the campaign against her.

“Cosby, seeing me asleep in the chaperone’s lap, had made it his business to ‘warn’ other shows that I wasn’t ‘suitable family entertainment,’ was probably a lesbian, and shouldn’t be on television,” Ian went on.

She later thanked Johnny Carson and his show producer for ignoring Cosby’s accusations. She also stated her opinion of the numerous allegations against Cosby and her thoughts on his wife, Camille.

“But what an odd thing, that a black man who slept with so very many white women chose to take my possible lesbianism away from our one meeting, rather than the message I tried to get across with ‘Society’s Child.” She concluded, “How pathetic. How truly, truly pathetic.”

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