The one-hour special will include”intimate interviews” with some of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of drugging and/or sexually abusing them, the network said, explaining the special will detail “his perfect storm of fame, power and rapid professional decline following mounting allegations by dozens of women.” Cosby: The Women Speak is produced for A&E by Lincoln Square Productions, a non-fiction production company owned by ABC News whose credits include The View.
“New and past accusers tell us their story to help piece together the downfall one of the most respected entertainers in American history. First-hand accounts from the women themselves help examine the allegations, decade by decade to reveal new information and insight into the case,” the network said, calling it “a horrific story” that is emerging of alleged assaults, drugging, unwanted advances and molestation of young women.”
The special will interview more than a dozen women, including actress Louisa Moritz, publicist Joan Tarshis and model Beverly Johnson. It will look at what happened when Hannibal Burress’ standup went viral and how Cosby’s spokespeople have been responding since the firestorm of allegations began.
The announcement comes less than two days after the TV Academy handed its Governors Award to A&E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc, who said, “In television there is this old adage that we’re not saving lives. But we do have the platform to help people’s lives, whether it be women’s equality and equal pay, whether it be…thanking our veterans for all the work that they do…. It’s really important for all of us to use the platform we have, whether editing, makeup, sound design, storytelling – use your voice and take a stand for what needs to happen: change.”
Jeanmarie Condon serves as senior executive producer and Jim Hill Senior serves as executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions. Executive producers for A&E are Shelly Tatro and Brad Abramson. This special is the first of four specials from Lincoln Square that will air on A&E.