Acclaimed comedian Bill Cosby has been in the headlines for weeks now, for all the wrong reasons. Over the last eight weeks, more nearly thirty women have come forward to admit that Bill Cosby had drugged and raped them. Some women who have come forward include super model Janice Dickinson, journalist Joan Tarshis, actress Louisa Moritz, and model Beverly Johnson who penned an article recounting her experience with Cosby over twenty-five years ago.
The allegations made against The Cosby Show star are not surprising to some. In 2000, Lachele Covington filed a police report saying that Cosby had groped her in her apartment. Four years later, a former Temple University employee Andrea Constand alleged Cosby of drugging her and fondling her. Both circumstances were glossed over due to “insufficient credible and admissible evidence.”
Now, ten years later, twenty-seven women have come forward to say they also, were drugged and raped by Cosby years ago. The women who have spoken of these accusations all say that Cosby followed the same script every time he took advantage of someone. He reportedly drugged women through their drinks, then most women remember waking up with their clothes off. All occurrences (that are known of) happened between 1965 and 2004 – during the height of The Cosby Show through the late 80’s and early 90’s.
So far, no charges have been filed but the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating an alleged drug and rape against then 15-year-old Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Huth claims that Cosby assaulted her and is suing him for sexual battery.
Hugh Hefner is a longtime friend of Cosby and released a statement regarding the Playboy Mansion allegations. “Bill Cosby has been a goof friend for many years and the mere though of these allegations is truly saddening.” He added, “I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.”
Other celebrities have come to Cosby’s side in support. The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg and singer Jill Scott might doubt that Cosby committed the acts being claimed. Whoopi said on a show a few weeks ago, “I have some questions” when referring to Janice Dickinson’s aggressive statements towards Cosby. She also said, “Perhaps the police might’ve believed it/ Or the ospital. Don’t you do a kit when you say someone raped you?” Goldberg continued, “You have to really take a minute and follow the evidence – follow what happened. We’ll know when we know. That’s what I know.”
Jill Scott came to Cosby’s defense on Twitter when she responded to a user “@SimplyBerry u know Bill Cosby? I do child and this is insane. Proof. Period.”
Cosby has spoken twice since the accusations have been brought to life. The first time, he thanked his supporters.”Thank you @MissJillScott, from the Cosby Family.” And “Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg.”
After Beverly Johnson came forward to reveal details of her experience with Cosby, the comedian broke his silence and said “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told a reporter. He added, referring to his legal team, “They don’t want me talking to the media.”
Beverly Johnson appeared on The View Monday Dec. 15 to talk openly about what she had written for Vanity Fair. Johnson was at Cosby’s apartment in the mid-80’s to discuss a possible role for her on The Cosby Show. Cosby allegedly then insisted Johnson try a cappuccino. After resisting the drink, Johnson accepted the offer but immediately felt something was off. “I really didn’t want to argue with Bill Cosby,” she said. But after just one sip, Johnson said the room “started to spin a little, right away.”
After knowingly being drugged, Johnson recalls Cosby trying to make a move. “He mentioned me to come over like we were gonna rehearse the scene. I went over, he put his hands on my waist. I put one hand on his shoulder to steady myself at this moment, and I cocked my head to one side and looked him dead in the eye and said, ‘You’re a mother---er.’”
Co-host Rosie O’Donnell applauded Johnson and said, “And thank God you found that voice within you.” After being angrily shoved into a taxi by Cosby, Johnson went home and woke up wondering if what happened was real. Although, she’s pretty positive she wasn’t raped, she doesn’t know for sure. The 62-year-old compared the incident to death – “Like I lost a family member.”
Since the accusations, Cosby has resigned from Temple University board. Also, Spelman College of Atlanta has decided to cut ties with The Cosby Show star.
Bill Cosby and wife Camille are seemingly standing together through the adversity and the now twenty-seven allegations. Until some sort of resolution, we don’t anticipate this story subsiding because they are a lot of women seeking justice and wanting answers.
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