Casting Couch Bill Cosby Should Admit His Guilt And Prove Everybody Right: No Trial Required
Bill Cosby is under the cosh. The actor who played cuddly Cliff Huxtable in the Eighties – a kind of safe suburban Black Man Can Jumpers – is accused of being a rapist.
No trial. Now arrest. No charges. Bill Cosby says he’s innocent. He says:
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos.”
But the media is onto him. CNN declares:
From TV dad to accused sexual predator
A detective says when questioned about allegedly raping Andrew Constana, then 31, at his mansion in Philadelphia in 2004, Bill Cosby was “evasive . . . only telling us things he knew we already knew”. The district attourney, Bruce L Castor Jr, said he “felt in his gut that “something untoward” had occurred. He says:
“I couldn’t say that I thought he was guilty but that I couldn’t prove it. I didn’t want to pollute the jury pool for the civil trial.”
Well, that’s good enough for us, right? Ms Constand waited a year before telling the police.
And in 2006 Ms Constand’s civil lawsuit against Bill Cosby was settled on undisclosed terms.
But others have come forward to claim Cosby assaulted them.
No arrest. No charges. But NBC has cancelled Cosby’s new sitcom. Netflix postponed a Bill Cosby 77 tribute. Channel TV Land refuses to broadcast old episodes of The Cosby Show.
A comci called Hannibal Buress stood on stage and said:
“He has the smuggest old black man public persona. Pull your pants up, black people. I can talk down to you, because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, you rape women, Bill Cosby. That brings you down a couple of notches.”
Barbara Bowman added in print:
“Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times… I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. There had to be a network of willfully blind wallflowers at best, or people willing to aid him in committing these sexual crimes at worst.”
One Guardian writer believes her, calling her “outspoken victim Barbara Bowman”. Not ‘alleged victim’. Just victim. Send the man down. To prove that was no accident, Lindy West adds, , “the latest victim to come forward, Joan Tarshis, wrote…”
Another Guardian headline orders:
Bill Cosby and the rape accusers: stop looking away and start believing women
Joan Tarshis says Cosby took her to suite at the Sherry-Netherland hotel in Manhattan in 1969:
“The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked. I remember thinking: ‘You old s***. I guess you got me this time but it’s the last time you’ll ever see me’.. I…strongly suspected I was not the only white girl he had drugged and raped but I never had any proof.”
Janice Dickinson said she took a pill from Cosby:
“The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pyjamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.”
Therese Serignese says Cosby raped her in 1976.
Carla Ferrigno, wife to TV bodybuilder Lou ‘Incredible Hulk’ Ferrigno, says that when she was a Plyboy Bunny in 1967, Cosby made unwelcome advances.
Victoria Valentino, a former Playboy model, says Cosby forced himself on her.
Joyce Emmons says Cosby gave her a pill, and that she later passed out. She awoke naked in bed in Cosby’s Las Vegas hotel suite with one of the his friends.
So far, 16 women have alleged Cosby abused them.
Glenn Reynolds is scathing:
I suggest the Casting Couch Act of 2015. This would make it a felony to promise anyone an entertainment-industry position in exchange for sexual favors. Also, statutory damages of at least $100,000 per offense, and legal fees. Like campus sexual assault, this is a War On Women that must be stamped out with the Power Of The State!
Martin Singer, a lawyer for Cosby, is also unimpressed with the allegations:
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”
He says of Dickenson’s claim:
“There is documentary proof that Janice Dickinson is fabricating and lying.”
The sheer number of claims do not prove a man’s guilt. We should presume his innocence and let the justice system deal with the matter.