Bill Cosby is the only comedian to ever make me really laugh at a live performance. Today Bill Cosby is anything but funny.
Accusations that America’s Dad is a serial rapist have not only surfaced, or more accurately resurfaced, new complaints are being heard and from women who have no personal knowledge of each other.
Their common denominator is Bill Cosby.
Allegations about Cosby being a serial rapist are not new. They have mostly lain dormant for years, without criminal charges ever field against the comedian/actor.
The most recent accuser is Joan Tarshis. She told CBS that Cosby drugged and raped her on two separate occasions in 1969. Ms. Tarshis didn’t come forward she told an interviewer because she didn’t think anyone would believe her.
Is Bill Cosby a serial abuser? Scott Simon of National Public Radio more than less asked that question of Cosby directly last weekend. You’ve likely heard the audio during which Simon’s questions are met with silence. Simon is reduced to saying “he is shaking his head, no.” (As in, “I won’t answer that question.”)
The time has unquestionably come for Bill Cosby to either publicly face his accusers or be shunned. In fact, the shunning process may have begun with CBS announcing it is cancelling a planned television series with Cosby.
There is also the case of Andrea Constand who filed a complaint against Bill Cosby in 2004. Instead of battling it out in court, a settlement was reached after her lawyer found 13 women willing to name Cosby as their assaulter. Part of the settlment stipulated Constand would not discuss her allegations in public.
With Joan Tarshis and former supermodel Janice Dickinson accusing Bill Cosby of drug-rapes the number of women naming him as their attacker is 15.
The women have nothing to gain financially. The Statute of Limitations has made it impossible for them to initiate lawsuits.
This has nothing to do with right vs left, as some have claimed. It is not about Bill Cosby being attacked for issuing challenges to African American youth. It is about Cosby’s alleged personal behaviour toward women.
Unless Bill Cosby emerges from his cone of silence, broken only by his lawyer describing the allegations as “decades-old discredited” claims, public support for the women accusing ”America’s Dad” of planned drug-rapes will likely grow and nothing about Bill Cosby will ever be purely funny or seem honourable again.
It’s up to him.