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Sammy Davis Jr.'s Ex-Girlfriend Says Bill Cosby Raped Her In Hotel Room In 1970s

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Katherine McKee—an actress, casting director and ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr.—has come forward with yet another story about how Bill Cosby raped her back in the early 1970s. She's the 21st woman to come forward.McKee told the New York Daily News that the shocking incident happened at a Michigan hotel room while she was on tour with Davis. Davis had an open marriage and McKee was his "road wife." McKee says that she had known Cosby for eight years at the time and even appeared on “The Bill Cosby Show” in 1971 beforehand, which made the attack seem all the more brazen.

“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 told the Daily News.

McKee was a Michigan native who had stayed behind in Detroit on a tour so that she could visit family. Cosby invited her to a boat party, and he asked her to bring ribs and then pick him up at the hotel. She obliged and met him at the door:

“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.”

She questioned herself for not doing anything to stop Cosby, but she said it happened so fast and was so shocking that she felt like there was nothing she could do. McKee says she never told Davis and did her best to move on and forget about the whole incident.
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"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," McKee said.