Oct 2, 2020
Cosby runs and hides after renewed public interest in all those rape allegations
Looks like Bill Cosby has decided to keep a low profile after comedian Hannibal Buress made headlines by including Cosby’s long string of alleged sexual assaults in his standup routine.
Cosby cancelled an appearance on The Queen Latifah Show to promote his own upcoming standup tour. Initial reports that it was the show that nixed the interview appear to be incorrect, or perhaps the show and Cosby have now decided to amend history a bit and claim it was Cosby’s doing. (It’s the second one.)
USA Today has the most succinct explanation I’ve seen of the accusations of sexual assault by Cosby against 13 women, so I’m just going to crib that:
Buress’ statement stems from a 2006 case with Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004. Constand’s lawyers found 13 witnesses with similar claims of sexual assault, drugging and or abuse by the TV star, though the statute of limitations on all their charges had expired. Cosby ended up settling with Constand under undisclosed terms.
In light of the cancelled appearance, The Washington Post asks, “Is the world finally starting to turn against Bill Cosby?” and raises this interesting point:
It wasn’t enough 13 different women accused Cosby of drugging, raping and violently assaulting them. It was only after a famous man, Buress, called him out that the possibility of Cosby becoming a television pariah became real.
America seemed to be taking the women’s accusations with a grain of salt until a man said, essentially, “No, for real, listen to them.”
Cosby still has a sitcom deal with NBC for a show expected next year. We’ll see how long that lasts now that a man has spoken.