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2 More Women Accuse Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault

Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver
Brennan Linsley—AP Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver, on Jan. 17, 2015.

One of the women is an actress who appeared on The Cosby Show

The list continues to grow.

Two more women, including an actress who had appeared on The Cosby Show, came forward with new accusations against Bill Cosby on Friday, according to the The Wrap.

Actress Lili Bernard and Sammie Mays reportedly detailed their allegations against Cosby, 77, in a press conference with civil rights attorney Gloria Allred in New York. Bernard, who appeared in an episode of the final season of The Cosby Show, claims she received death threats from the comedian after he drugged and raped her while supposedly preparing her for a role in 1992.

“After he had won my complete trust and adoration he drugged me and raped me,” Bernard reportedly said in her statement.

“I interpreted that as a death threat and feared for my life,” Bernard said.

The encounter reportedly left the actress feeling suicidal for months, and she claims she continues to suffer from panic attacks and night terrors “as a result of what Mr. Cosby did to me.”

Mays, who was working as a writer at the time she met Cosby, also detailed her memory of the attack at the press conference.

In the mid-’80s, she asked the comedian for an interview while covering the National Association of Television Program Executives convention in New Orleans. Mays says she invited Cosby to her hotel room to talk, where he allegedly mixed a drink for her. After she took two large swigs of the drink, she reportedly claims, “The next thing I remember when I awoke from my state of unconsciousness, I seemed to have been drooling and was sloppily slouched in the chair with barely the edge of my bottom in it.”

According to Mays, she opened her eyes to find her shirt and bra undone and her breasts exposed. She also says her belt had been “unhooked and re-hooked, left loose around my hips.”

Both women’s stories bear similarities to the group of now more than 40 women who claim to have been drugged and assaulted by Cosby over his long career.

Three new accusers – who are also being represented by Allred – came forward just last week claiming to have been attacked by Cosby, including a former model who claims she was drugged by the comedian in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago.

“When we arrived at the Playboy Mansion he asked if I would like to see the mansion and have a glass of wine before I left,” former model Marcella Tate told reporters. “Mr. Cosby brought me a drink and that was my last clear memory. The next cloudy memory I have is that I was in a different room. I was in bed. Bill Cosby was next to me and it didn’t appear he was wearing anything.”

Cosby, his wife, Camille, and his attorney, Martin Singer, have steadfastly denied the accusations so far.

Singer did not respond to a request for comment, but in a previous statement said that claims “about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous.”

Allred confirmed at the press conference on Friday that she will attend the scheduled protest of the comedian’s performance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Saturday.

This article originally appeared on People.com

TIME Books

Here’s Where to Get a Free Comic Book Today

Free Comic Book Day is often one of the biggest sales days of the year for comic shops

It’s like Christmas in May for comic fans: today is Free Comic Book Day.

You can check here to see which of your local stores are participating, but remember, you can’t just snag any title you want—here’s a list of the 2015 giveaways.

In the promotional video above, an owner of a comic store explains that Free Comic Book Day is a great way to promote comics as an art form as well as get children interested in them. But it’s also good business for comic books—Free Comic Book Day is often one of the biggest sales days of the year for comic shops.


Blues Legend B.B. King Reports He’s in Hospice at Vegas Home

B.B. King Performs At Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay
Daniel Knighton—Getty Images Blues legend B.B. King performs on stage at Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego on Aug. 27, 2014

(LAS VEGAS) — Blues legend B.B. King is telling fans he’s in hospice care at home in Las Vegas.

The 89-year-old musician posted thanks to fans on his official website Friday for well-wishes and prayers.

Las Vegas police Officer Jesse Roybal says an ambulance was summoned Thursday to King’s address and a person was hospitalized following what was characterized as a dispute over medical care.

The hospitalization was the second in a month for King, who was diagnosed with diabetes decades ago.

In October, he canceled the final shows of his 2014 tour after falling ill in Chicago.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has released more than 50 albums and sold millions of records worldwide.

Representatives for King didn’t immediately respond to messages from The Associated Press.

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Bruce Jenner Sued for Wrongful Death in Car Crash

Kim Howe's car was damaged in a multiple vehicle crash involving Bruce Jenner on Feb. 7, 2015 in Malibu, California.
Brian van der Brug—LA Times/Getty Images Kim Howe's car was damaged in a multiple vehicle crash involving Bruce Jenner on Feb. 7, 2015 in Malibu, California.

The lawsuit reportedly claims that Jenner was “negligent, careless and reckless”

Bruce Jenner was able to let out a sigh of relief after he revealed he is transitioning from male to female in his 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer, but now the former Olympian is being faced with another hurdle – a wrongful death lawsuit from his fatal car crash in February.

PEOPLE has confirmed that Jenner, 65, has been hit with the lawsuit, filed by the two adult stepchildren of Kim Howe, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The lawsuit reportedly claims that Jenner was “negligent, careless and reckless” when he slammed into Howe’s Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway, causing it to careen into oncoming traffic where it collided head on with a Hummer.

Experts predicted that Jenner would have to pay a hefty legal fine if the family of the deceased decided to take legal action but would most likely not serve any jail time for vehicular manslaughter.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. is still investigating the crash.

Jenner expressed his sympathies for the family following the crash.

A rep for Jenner had no immediate comment.

This article originally appeared on People.

TIME Music

Review: Mumford & Sons’ Switch the Sound Up on Wilder Mind

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The band is finally starting to catch up to its success

Though they’ve spent the last half-decade defying rock’s slow, paleontological decline, it’s been tough to shake the feeling that Mumford & Sons have just been engaging in a phenomenally successful dress-up session. Formed in 2007 around the songs and personality of Marcus Mumford, the London foursome turned their appreciation for American folk and roots music and a shared interest in literature and religion into a sort of American drag: they became Southern men of letters, yowling and croaking and yelling, indulging their wildest and weightiest thematic whims. It doesn’t exactly sound like a foolproof plan for commercial success, and yet that’s exactly what the band achieved in short order. Under all of the affectations and complicated narratives lay massive hooks and a good, if overused, grasp of the power of dynamics. Their 2009 debut Sigh No More went triple platinum in the United States, and its 2012 followup Babel sold almost as many in a depressed record-selling climate. The four British crate-diggers now made up the most popular rock band on the planet.

If you’re a believer in the power of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” you might have trouble with Wilder Mind, the band’s third full-length: the album is radically different from their first two, though the progression is intuitive. Mumford & Sons have left their beloved folky affectations behind, swapping out those influences for sounds from the last 15 years of mainstream rock music; put another way, they now sound like they’re trying to be the biggest band in the world, rather than a revival act that somehow stumbled into the role. They worked with a new producer, veteran British boardsman James Ford, instead of Babel and Sigh No More honcho Markus Dravs, and Mumford opened up the writing process to accommodate his bandmates (two of whom were coming out of long-term relationships) where he’d handled the bulk of the lyrics in the past. Finally, they split time between their London and New York, writing and demoing in Brooklyn with The National’s Aaron Dessner. The sum of all this change is a band that’s never sounded more confident or comfortable in their own skin.

Wilder Mind‘s improvements aren’t easy to quantify, but they’re pervasive: every song displays some sort of improved command, whether through a better established setting or a better sense of space and pace. You can hear the ghosts of other bands running through the record, too: The War on Drugs’ dreamy American motorik, the simmering moodiness of Dessner’s own group, even the gentle melodicism of early Coldplay (particularly on the simple, stunning “Cold Arms”). But Mumford and his bandmates hold their own against this tide of influence where they may have collapsed earlier, thanks to the strength of their songwriting and a maturity missing from their first two records. “Tompkins Square Park” and “Ditmas” give the album roots, a pair of charging break-up anthems shaped by New York nights; “Believe” flips the band’s religious side into a soaring, skeptical ballad about a couple starting to fall apart. And “The Wolf”—its title perhaps a slight nod to “The Rat,” The Walkmen’s thrashing 2004 classic—is their best song yet, an explosion of fervent lust that barrels through headphones like a runaway train. It’s exhilarating and dense.

The album isn’t perfect, of course: Mumford and his bandmates still have a predilection for overwrought, overly ambitious lyrics, and if you pay too much attention to what they’re saying you’ll find yourself losing a step because you’re trying to parse some new inscrutable phrase. But it’s easier than ever to simply lose yourself in the sound. “The Wolf” is a good example: Mumford could be scrolling through his contacts and yelling out random names, but that wouldn’t detract from the song’s urgency, the surge of its guitar riffs or the cloudy blast of its drums. Wilder Mind is a document of a band whose skill and curiosity are finally starting to catch up to its success—one that might actually be ready to lead its chosen genre.

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Disclosure Wants to Get You Twerking With New Song ‘Bang That’

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Neilson Barnard—Getty Images Howard Lawrence and Guy Lawrence of Disclosure arrives on the red carpet at the Samsung Galaxy S 6 edge launch in New York City on April 7, 2015 in New York.

"We wanted to give you guys something for the summer"

Success in the U.S. came slowly to British electronic duo Disclosure, as their Sam Smith collaboration “Latch” became a sleeper hit two years after its U.K. release once the “Stay With Me” himself singer started blowing up stateside. Now with a Grammy nomination and a Mary J. Blige co-sign under their belt, the brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are back with their first new song in years — and hopefully DJs around the country will latch on a little quicker this time.

Like other tracks on their debut, Settle, “Bang That” features a rubbery dance beat built around a sample (from 313 Bass Mechanics’ “Pass Out” ) that barks at listeners to start twerking and getting freaky. Though it’s unclear whether this is the first taste of their upcoming Settle follow-up or just something to tide you over, the band was right in thinking it’s a welcome gift as the weather heats up.

“As work speedily progresses on our next record, we wanted to give you guys something for the summer,” the boys wrote in a message on SoundCloud. “[We’ve] been playing this one in our DJ sets for a while now and couldn’t resist putting it up!”

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Star Talks Playing Bart’s Love Interest on The Simpsons

Carice Van Houten visits at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on April 14, 2015.
Robin Marchant—Getty Images Carice Van Houten visits at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on April 14, 2015.

The actress heads to Springfield to play a "snobby" girl who is "quite attractive to yellow, small boys"

The Red Woman is going yellow.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten, known for playing the mysterious Melisandre, heads to The Simpsons in Sunday’s episode, where she plays Milhouse’s (Pamela Hayden) Dutch cousin Annika. Annika is cool, exotic and smokes e-cigarettes. Naturally, Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) is immediately smitten.

The character started off as a joke among The Simpsons writers, many of whom are Game of Thrones fans, when they realized van Houten shared a last name with Millhouse. The Dutch actress became friendly with some of the writers on Twitter, and they invited her to observe a table read. A few months later, they offered her a role.

In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, van Houten talks geeking out over The Simpsons‘ studio and what to expect from the episode.

What was that initial table read visit like?

I came in very shy, and very humble. I’ve been fan a fan for twenty years. They started introducing the cast to the small audience, and then all of a sudden this guy says, “And we have a very special guest today. It’s Melisandre and she’s sitting in the corner there!” I thought, “This is so strange! It’s the other way around. I’m supposed to be the fan here.”Afterwards they took me to the writers room and wanted to take pictures with me. I had to put an autograph on a Westeros map.

What was the next step?

I went back to Amsterdam and I didn’t hear anything. It was quiet for awhile. All of a sudden, I got an email that said, “It is happening.” My voice was so high-pitched when I heard. I was jumping up and down like a little girl. I’ve never been as enthusiastic about any job.

Your character smokes, so is she supposed to be sort of a bad kid?

She’s sort of a cool kid from Amsterdam. She’s snobby about being European and doesn’t really like anything about America. She’s a free spirit from Amsterdam. Apparently she’s quite attractive to yellow, small boys.

How long were you recording for?

Maybe an hour. It’s a guest role. It’s not a huge thing and they are very proficient. I would have loved to have been in that studio forever, but it’s also a job.

What kind of feedback did they give you about your character?

When I was first doing the first few sentences, they said, “You can make it even bigger! This is a cartoon. You can make it as big as you want.” It’s so great. If you do a lot of movies and TV, you always try to be subtle and you try to do your eyebrow acting. Then all of a sudden you have this job where you can exaggerate like crazy.

This is a pretty different role, at least for what U.S. audiences are used to you doing.

In my own country, I’ve done a lot of romantic comedies. I came from a school where a lot of comedians come from and for some reason I always get cast for serious, strong, fierce women. Which I love, but I’d love to do things that are slightly nerdy or weird or crazy. You get type cast quite easily. I would love to play a nerd. I feel like a nerd. I don’t feel like a very strong woman like Melisandre. Melisandre is probably the person that is furthest away from any character I’ve ever played. It’s fun, too.

Will you be back?

They didn’t promise anything. I definitely wasn’t shy. I told them I’d love to come back. I would do it if I had to pay for it. I thought it was a huge honor.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Hootie & the Blowfish Bring David Letterman Back to 1994

The band made their TV debut on Late Night more than two decades ago

The year was 1994, and Hootie & the Blowfish were making their TV debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. “If you don’t have this album, there’s something wrong with you,” Letterman told the audience that night.

Flash-forward to Thursday night, more than 20 years later, and there’s was an uncanny sense of déjà vu in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Same band. Same show. And the exact same sound that made Darius Rucker and his bandmates famous the world over.

Check out the video above for the band’s reunion on the show that made them stars, playing the song that started it all.

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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145 Writers Sign Letter Protesting Charlie Hebdo PEN Award

Arthur Cattaneo posted this photo of several copies of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo
Arthur Cattaneo (@arthurcattaneo) via Instagram Arthur Cattaneo posted this photo of several copies of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo

The letter initially began with a group of 6 dissenters

The number of writers who have signed a letter in protest of PEN’s award to Charlie Hebdo has grown to 145—a sharp increase from the initial group of six dissenters, The New York Times reports. Signees include Junot Díaz, Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carol Oates, Eric Bogosian, and Michael Cunningham. The first six—Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey, Francine Prose, and Taiye Selasi—withdrew as table hosts for the PEN Literary Gala, which takes place next Tuesday, May 5, at the Museum of Natural History in New York City.

PEN released a statement Thursday, April 30, in response to the 145 signatures on the protest letter:

We have seen that a letter is making the rounds, though it has not yet been sent to us. We appreciate its expression of support for PEN’s work and mission, and agree that there are many writers who merit recognition for courage in defending free expression. A number of people have approached us urging a counter-letter, but we feel strongly that asking writers to declare themselves for or against oversimplifies and needlessly polarizes a complex issue. We have heard and felt powerful support in many different forms over the last few days and don’t see value in a roll-call that pushes people to take a position that may not fully reflect the subtleties of their view. Everyone in PEN is committed to free expression; debate over its meaning and how to reconcile it with other important values is vital. We have created an open online forum for people to share their views, which we are reading carefully. We see this robust conversation as a credit to the strength and diversity of PEN’s membership.

You can access the online forum PEN created here.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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