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Rape victim Tamara Green to Bill Cosby: Apologize and ‘redeem’ yourself

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One of Bill Cosby’s earliest accusers has called on the embattled entertainer to apologize to the women he has allegedly victimized, saying he can still “redeem” himself by publicly acknowledging his sordid past.

Tamara Green, the second person to publicly allege sexual assault against Cosby, said in an interview with the Guardian that she believes the actor’s day of reckoning has finally come, and that he now has an opportunity to own up to the abuse allegations that have dogged him for more than a decade.

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“If I were his lawyer, or his wife or his friend, I would advise him that at 77 years old he’s running out of time to redeem himself,” Green said. “He should simply come forward and apologize to all the people that he ever hurt anywhere in the world. He can make it generic and non-specific. We know who we are.”

Green went public with assault allegations in 2005 after hearing about some of Cosby’s other alleged victims. The former model accused the star of drugging her at a restaurant and then sexually assaulting her in her Los Angeles apartment in the early 1970s.

She has recently spoken out about the incident amid the flurry of fresh allegations from women including Janice Dickinson, the model and television host who accused him of assaulting her in 1982 in Lake Tahoe, California, where he was appearing, and Barbara Bowman, who accused Cosby of drugging and raping her on multiple occasions during a period in the mid-1980s when he was mentoring her as a young actress.

But an apology of any kind from a man who has remained silent in the face of mounting allegations seems unlikely. “He could do it,” Green said. “But he won’t because he’s a coward.”

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The actor and his legal team have long denied all allegations made by these women. In a statement, Cosby’s lawyer, Martin Singer, said: “Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?”

Green is not alone in seeking an apology from the star, who built his reputation as an avuncular funnyman. Andrea Constand, the first woman to come forward with claims that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her at his home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, in January 2004, also said she asked the star for an apology.

In court documents filed by Constand, she denied raising the claims in the hope of making money from Cosby, insisting that she only sought to “obtain an apology from Cosby, not to extort him”.

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Dr Rebecca Campbell, a professor of community psychology and program evaluation at Michigan State University, said an apology from an abuser can be very helpful for a sexual abuse victim’s emotional and psychological recovery.

“For a lot of survivors the need for an apology, and what that means to them, is very powerful,” Campbell said.

She said it is natural for victims to desire an acknowledgement from the abuser that the incident took place, and that the abuser is truly sorry.

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“An apology would certainly send a very powerful societal message about sexual assault and about the harm that is done to victims when they come forward to report, because victims face tremendous disbelief, shaming, ridicule and violence when they make reports,” she said.

“And my guess is that it would go a long way in healing these individual survivors.”

guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2014

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‘You’re a witness — act like it’: Congresswoman owns Lewandowski when he tries to filibuster

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Corey Lewandowski had a difficult time debating Democrats who treated him like a hostile witness in a Congressional hearing Tuesday. When he tried to go off on a tangent and complaint, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) wasn't having it.

"We’re seeing a pattern of the president doing anything and everything to hide his misconduct from Congress and from the American people," she said. "The president tried to get you to deliver a secret message to the attorney general, all in an attempt to prevent the special counsel from exposing the president’s own misconduct. As soon as the special counsel published his report and the president’s misconduct was exposed, the president tried to cover that up, too. Isn’t it true that the president has repeatedly tried to discredit your and other witnesses’ testimony to the special counsel in the published report?"

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Edward Snowden responds after Trump DOJ sues whistleblower over new memoir the US government ‘does not want you to read’

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The Justice Department filed suit the day Snowden's memoir Permanent Record was published.

Citing what First Amendment advocates have called an "unconstitutional" system of controlling what federal employees can and cannot say about their work, President Donald Trump's Justice Department on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden over the publication of his new memoir.

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Corey Lewandowski eventually proved Trump obstructed justice: former US attorney

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance explained in her appearance on MSNBC Tuesday that Corey Lewandowski's attempts to plead "hatchetman privilege" weren't successful. He ultimately outed Trump for breaking the law.

Lewandowski attempted to claim that he couldn't answer any questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's account because he hadn't read it. But the information he personally gave to Mueller was enough to corner both men.

"I mean, Donald Trump has been found to have committed felony finance crimes by the Southern District of New York. Donald Trump has been found -- committed ten acts of criminal obstruction of justice by Robert Mueller and his investigators," host Nicolle Wallace said. "And I think what Ron was just sort of pulling the curtain back on is his suspicion that that may not be the headline, that Corey Lewandowski today confirmed at least two of those instances of criminal obstruction of justice."

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