NY Mag Puts 35 Cosby Accusers on Its Cover -- and Fights to Get Story Out

Riveting Story Was Caught Up in Hacking Fiasco

Published On
Jul 27, 2015
Cosby: The Women Cover

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New York Magazine made a bold statement by putting 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault on its July 27, 2015 cover, but it's been fighting hard to get the story out after an unexpected snag.

The story, "Cosby: The Women -- An Unwelcome Sisterhood," gathers testimony from 35 of the women who have accused the famous actor of sexual assault and also compiles their portraits, shot by photographer Amanda Demme, into a single powerful image showing just how far the allegations against Mr. Cosby extend.

When New York debuted the story online last night, its website crashed, due to an an alleged DDoS attack from an "anti-NYC" hacker named ThreatKing, who, apparently, had no issue with the story itself. With the site offline for hours, New York turned to social media to counteract the crash. It continued to promote the story by posting excerpts from the audio recordings of the interviews with the women to Instagram. In addition, it's published the entire piece on Tumblr.

The site finally relaunched Monday afternoon.

Work on the feature began six months ago, and profiles 35 of the 46 women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape. The group consists of women ranging from celebrities and models to journalists. On the bottom right hand side of the cover photo also sits an empty chair, spurring on a debate about victim blaming and other issues sexual assault survivors face via the hashtag #TheEmptyChair.

Read more about the hacking on Adage.com.