For decades Bill Cosby has been known as the arcytypal father. From his long stories with anecdotes that he tells and people listen intently with a smile, knowing very well you will laugh at the end and learn something too. His family friendly style of comedy has always been classic. I recently bought his latest DVD of his stand up for my dad who is a great fan of his and it was worth it, you can watch and listen to him as a whole family without worrying about getting embarrassed.
I remember as a child watching the Cosby show, I also remember the image of Bill Cosby staring back at me from the cover of his book wearing a sweater, as my dad was flipping through the pages of the book and laughing uncontrollably.
So you can imagine my shock when I heard last week on radio that Bill Cosby has a reputation of raping women. Apparently he would “Ruffie” them (date rape drug) and rape them. I did not take this news lightly, and when I got home I googled this, and to my dismay it was all there in black and white.
Andrea Constand, director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, alleges a meeting with Bill Cosby. A member of Temple’s track and field and football teams, Constand claims that Cosby assumed a role as her mentor.
According to Constand, she visited Cosby at his Pennsylvania, home to discuss career advice, and after allegedly giving her “herbal” pills to ease her anxiety, Cosby “touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated” her.
January 13, 2005
Constand, who had since moved near Toronto to study, accuses Cosby of “inappropriate touching” — groping her breasts and placing her hand on his genitals. Cosby’s lawyer calls her allegation “utterly preposterous” and “plainly bizarre.”
February 10, 2005
Tamara Green, a California lawyer, appears on the Today show and alleges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970s. Green tells Matt Lauer that Cosby, who had given her pills to combat a fever, drove her to her apartment and began “… groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me and … taking off my clothes.” According to Green, Cosby left two $100 bills on her coffee table afterwards. Cosby’s lawyer issues a statement: “Miss Green’s allegations are absolutely false. Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or Tamara Lucier [her maiden name], and the incident she describes did not happen. The fact that she may have repeated this story to others is not corroboration.”
February 17, 2005
Citing a lack of evidence, the investigating district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, announces he will not act on Constand’s accusation and bring criminal charges against Cosby.
March 8, 2005
Constand files a civil complaint against Cosby. The five-count lawsuit charges Cosby with battery and assault, and asks for at least $150,000 in damages. Thirteen women who allege similar experiences as Constand and Green are mentioned in court papers as Jane Doe witnesses.
In Constand’s civil lawsuit, she alleges the comedian gave her three blue pills, which he said was herbal medication. Cosby’s lawyers, however, issue a court filing and attempt to clarify that the comedian merely gave Constand one and a half tablets of Benadryl.
Jane Doe 5 goes public. Beth Ferrier claims she was in a relationship with Cosby in the mid-1980s, one that ended when he allegedly drugged her coffee and Ferrier woke in a car. “My clothes were a mess. My bra was undone. My top was untucked. And I’m sitting there going, ‘Oh my God. Where am I?’ What’s going on? I was so out of it. It was just awful.”
While in the midst of her civil suit, Constand sues one of Cosby’s lawyers — and the National Enquirer — for defamation. Cosby had spoken to the tabloid the year before, and Constand claimed the interview defamed.
Cosby settles with Constand. Terms are not disclosed, and none of the 13 other women testify.
Philadelphia magazine interviews another witness in Constand’s lawsuit, Barbara Bowman. “Cosby threw me on the bed and braced his forearm against my neck and attempted to disrobe me and himself,” she said. “I can still remember him messing with his belt. And I was screaming and crying and yelling and begging him to stop.”
The following month, People magazine publishes Bowman’s account of several assaults: “It was in a hotel in Reno, claims Bowman, that Cosby assaulted her one night in 1986. ‘He took my hand and his hand over it, and he masturbated with his hand over my hand,’ says Bowman, who, although terrified, kept quiet about the incident and continued as Cosby’s protégé because, she says, ‘Who’s gonna believe this? He was a powerful man. He was like the president.’ Before long she was alone with Cosby again in his Manhattan townhouse; she was given a glass of red wine, and “the next thing I know, I’m sick and I’m nauseous and I’m delusional and I’m limp and … I can’t think straight…. And I just came to, and I’m wearing a [men’s] T-shirt that wasn’t mine, and he was in a white robe.'”
That same People article reports that three of the Jane Does from the March 2005 case accepted cash from Cosby for years, and two others began consensual sexual relationships with Cosby.
Katie Baker of Newsweek — Whitaker’s former employer — interviews both Green and Bowman about the alleged assaults. Bowman tells Baker she was disappointed in the settlement, and Green recounts running into and accosting Cosby in Las Vegas, yelling, “Rapist! Liar! Asshole!” While Cosby doesn’t issue a statement regarding Bowman’s claims, his publicist responds to Green, “This is a 10-year-old, discredited accusation that proved to be nothing at the time, and is still nothing.”
Why would a man of his status, wealth and power have to reduce himself to this. Is it the effect of money, power, fame? Seems like the more people have the more they try to get what is forbidden. These am sure are a fraction of the accusations made about him, most of them have been silenced by money and lawyers but it seems in Hollywood everyone has a dark side. If this is the result of wealth and power then I think I would prefer to remain ordinary