Bill Cosby, the serial rapist

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Another icon of American culture turns out to be not just an idol with feet of clay, but something of a monster.
Actor Bill Cosby of clean stand-up comedian jokes and 8 years of playing an idealized black man — obstetrician Dr. Cliff Huxtable and wise father of 5 — in The Cosby Show, has been unmasked by one woman after another as a serial rapist.
Bill Cosby
Manuel Roig-Franzia, Scott Higham, Paul Farhi and Mary Pat Flaherty report for The Washington Post, Nov. 22, 2014, that 16 women have now come forth to publicly accuse Cosby, 77, of having sexually assaulted them. 12 of the 16 say he drugged them first; while one woman said he tried to drug her.
The Washington Post has interviewed 5 of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations. The women agreed to speak on the record and to have their identities revealed. The Post also has reviewed court records that shed light on the accusations of a former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University who assembled 13 “Jane Doe” accusers in 2005 to testify on her behalf about their allegations against Cosby.
The accusations, some of which Cosby has denied and others he has declined to discuss, span the arc of the famous comedian’s career, from his pioneering years as the first black star of a network television drama in 1965 to the mid-2000s, when Cosby was firmly entrenched as an elder statesman of the entertainment industry, a scolding public conscience of the African American community and a philanthropist.
The saga of the abuse allegations is set in locales that speak to Cosby’s wealth and fame: a Hollywood-studio bungalow, a chauffeured limousine, luxury hotels, a New York City brownstone, and a Denver talent agency that referred two of Cosby’s future accusers to the star for mentoring.
The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency:

  • Mostly young, white women without family nearby.
  • Drugs offered as palliatives.
  • Resistance (by the women) and pursuit (by Cosby).
  • Accusers worrying that no one would believe them.
  • The victims’ lifelong trauma.
  • Cosby’s team of attorneys and publicists using the media and the courts to attack the credibility of his accusers, the latest being Martin Singer, an attorney for Cosby, who issued a statement on Friday calling the rape accusations “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories” “past the point of absurdity” and “increasingly ridiculous” against a “rich, powerful” man.

During an interview on Friday with Florida Today, Cosby said: “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact-check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
If his accusers are to be believed, the earliest allegations against Cosby remained hidden for decades, artifacts of an era when women were less likely to publicly accuse men they knew of sexual misdeeds and society was less likely to believe them.
But the accusations have flared periodically throughout the past nine years, both because of changing attitudes and, particularly over the past month, because of social media’s ability to transform a story into a viral phenomenon almost impossible to suppress or control.
The allegations represent a stunning reshaping of Cosby’s legacy. Cosby built his fame on a family-friendly comedic persona. He has lectured black youths about proper behavior. He has been honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom and been lauded for making the largest donation ever by an African American to a historically black college, Spelman College in Atlanta.
Since the avalanche of accusations this month, there has been mostly thundering silence from his longtime allies, with only a few exceptions like Weldon Latham, a prominent Washington attorney and Cosby friend. Even the producers of the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show” that made Cosby famous as a family man, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, issued a brief but guarded statement: “These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension.”
Cosby was on the verge of what appeared to be a comeback this year, but projects scheduled for NBC and Netflix are now postponed or canceled in the fallout. Several of Cosby’s upcoming comedy shows also have been canceled. Nevertheless, in the spirit of amoral racism — the same amoral loyalty given O.J. Simpson — whereby blacks rally to support a fellow black, regardless of right or wrong, the sold-out crowd for Cosby’s one-man show at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Fla. on Friday night gave the accused rapist a standing ovation.
Cosby’s accusers include:
66-year old Joan Tarshis, who says when she was a 19-year-old comedy writer in 1969, Cosby spiked her drink, tried to take her underwear off, then forced her to give him oral sex. A few weeks later, he raped her in his hotel room.
63-year-old Linda Traitz, who in 1969 worked as a star-struck waitress in Cafe Figaro, a restaurant co-owned by Cosby in West Hollywood. Traitz says Cosby drove her to the beach in his Rolls Royce, offered her “pills” from a briefcase of assorted drugs to relax, then lunged at her, grabbing her chest. Traitz broke free and tumbled out of the car. Cosby took her home and “froze” her out. Traitz neither told her co-workers and her family what happened, nor reported the attempted rape to the police, because “this was a really big guy with a big PR operation and lawyers” who could and would “crush” her.
71-year-old Victoria Valentino, who was Playboy magazine’s Playmate of the Month for September 1963 when she was just 19. In January 1970, Valentino was introduced to Cosby at Cafe Figaro. Valentino says Cosby took her and her friend and roommate at the time, an aspiring actress named Meg Foster, to dinner. He offered them “red pills” “to make all of us feel better.” Cosby then drove the two women to an apartment in the hills above the Chateau Marmont hotel. Meg Foster passed out, but Cosby forced Valentino to perform oral sex on him, then raped her. Like Traitz, Valentino also did not go to the police. She explains, “What kind of credibility did I have? In those days, it was always the rape victim who wound up being victimized.”
But Valentino did tell Francesca Emerson, a fellow Playboy bunny and one of the first “chocolate Bunnies” of the 1960s, who had introduced Valentino to Cosby. Emerson, who now lives in Australia, has confirmed Valentino’s recollection in an interview with The Washington Post.

Barbara Bowman, age 19, in 1987

Barbara Bowman, age 19, in 1987

Barbara Bowman, who says Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her “multiple times” when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985. Read her first-person account in The Washington Post, “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?,” Nov. 13, 2014.
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UPDATE (Nov. 24, 2014):

Frank Scotti, 90, an NBC employee back when Bill Cosby was the king of network television, has come forth to say that he was Cosby’s “fixer.” Scotti stood watch outside the door when Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another pretty face, Scotti arranged the deal. Scotti delivered payments of up to $2,000 a month to Cosby’s flock of single female friends. “He had everybody fooled,” said Scotti in an exclusive interview with the New York Daily News. “Nobody suspected.” Scotti said he feels sorry for the women whom Cosby raped and decided to speak as the drumbeat of sexual abuse allegations against Cosby grew steadily louder.

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  1. Internet’s on it now…

  2. I’ll wait to pass judgment until Bill Cosby is convicted in an actual court of law – not by decades-old “recollections.”
    My suspicion is that, like Herman Cain, Cosby is being targeted by the lily-white plantation owners for being an escaped slave.

    • Election’s over, time to get the dude who made the embarrassing Pound Cake speech at the NAACP’s Brown vs. Board of Ed 50th anniversary commemoration… “Brown versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem, we’ve got to take the neighborhood back!” (yes, that’s Jesse Jackson in the background of the picture taken there on the video looking dismayed)

  3. Stop. Innocent until proven guilty. In this day and age of technology anybody can say anything … and they do. It’s like lynch mobs of the past going wild … or like a shark-feeding frenzy … with no concern for the additional harm they are causing by getting in on what could be fact or fiction … just because they can.

  4. I have a problem with there being so many (white) women who for decades have kept silent because they feared the retribution that accusing a man of his stature, and his posse of attorneys might bring them. It would appear that a few of the women might be considered to be of questionable character–but really since the statute of limitations have long past . . . what might these women have to gain? We know of one case where a woman evidently got an undisclosed amount of money due to “something having gone on.” Truly, this makes me heartsick. I doubt that Mr Cosby, or his attorneys want anything like this to come to court, so that each woman would recount tales which are chillingly similar. He has always been a favorite actor of mine . . . but, I now have serious doubts as to his sterling moral character. It rather sounds like the very same types of sex-capades as one Bill Clinton has perpetrated over the past 30 to 40 years. Young woman who have been raped, or molested do not always come forth at the time regarding these types of incidents. I just can’t get over the fact that there are now so many women making basically the same allegations. If these allegations are true–he is just another turkey that needs to be “disarmed” (if you get my meaning.)

  5. A person is either guilty or not guilty. To be innocent, one would have to be a newborn baby. It would be interesting to know if any of the women had gone to the police. Depending on how many have come forward, wouldn’t there be at least one or two, that would have reported it to the police? What about polygraph tests? There is one woman, who was reportedly “paid off” to “hush up” about something that was inappropriate. Maybe some of the women were of questionable character, but that does not prove they are liars. I hope for all concerned, that he is not guilty of such crimes. If he is guilty, then he should face the music, so to speak. Leeann

  6. Yup. Obama was corrected by Bill Cosby, so now he’s going after him in the press. I don’t believe it, unless it is proven in a court of law.

  7. Why would Obama want to retaliate against Bill Cosby? Cosby is a democrat and he supported Obama both times. Cosby is educated and he is well spoken. In fact, some would consider him a conservative, but he still supported King Dictator Obama. Leeann

    • Probably not Obama, but the rest of the Democrat operatives out there… don’t toe their official line publically (at the Pound Cake speech was a big thumb in their eye) and Leftists never forgive you.

  8. Let’s wait and see what a grand jury has to say first. I think this may be payback for Cosby speaking his mind on matters political. We don’t know yet.

    • There won’t be a grand jury investigation because Cosby has not been charged in connection with any of the allegations. Only one woman has filed suit — Andrea Constand, who sued in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed amount before the case went to trial.

  9. There are WAY too many women to just dismiss. Most sound credible to me. I think for me the woman who turned my opinion towards belief is Lou Ferrigno’s wife Karla. Her story was totally believable. Anyway, why is it that sooooo many black men need to have white women for sex? They’re all in support of the black man, etc. until it comes to their sex life. Athletes, actors, etc. What does this say about the black woman? Do these men have deep down feelings of being inferior to white men? Did Cosby feel so inferior or insecure that he believed drugging a white woman was the only way to get her into bed? That’s pretty pathetic. Well, I for one am sorely disappointed in Cosby and am glad these women are finally banding together to bring truth to light. Certainly his career won’t recover from this one. Did he think he could hide forever?

  10. I hope this man one day ends up in the prison cell he’s earned and dies there.

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  12. If anyone accused me of raping them I would stand up and speak volumes on how I DID NOT DO SUCH A HORRIBLE ACT.
    And challenge such lies!
    To not say anything seems quite strange

  13. According to various reports, a civil suit was settled in 2005, of undisclosed amounts, to 12 women. Perhaps this is “tragedy by comedy” committed by a comedian. Rape is always a tragedy! He is just like the Bill that was on Capitol Hill, using his money, trickery, and power to prey upon their conquests/victims. Leeann

  14. I have to agree with platinum truth, there are too many to just dismiss. People with almost nothing to gain have come forward, this should be looked into further. Very sad to think about how many predators are out there!

  15. I know of many ghetto/welfare blacks who seething hate Cosby, maybe because he speaks the truth. I remember one speech Bill gave about rap hiphop gangsta culture referring to them as jungle savages, suggesting they might be better off in Africa.
    I know he used to be openly critical of Obama, but lately he seems to sing his praises. I know he said that anyone critical of resident soetoro is rayciss
    I knew a lot both black and white were calling him a self hating uncle tom

  16. this condones rape if he is not convicted

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