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Is Bill Cosby Finished?

With the disclosure that Bill Cosby purchased Quaaludes to be used on unsuspecting women, it is difficult to defend his actions. Is the comedian finished?

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last 24 hours | nypost
I have my doubts Bill Cosby's a rapist | New York Post - New York Post
"...But I'm starting to think that Cosby's crimes'' were not rapes, but high-pressure seductions.This may be female heresy.Still, I wonder if some, if not most (or maybe all?), of the dozens of women who claim Cosby attempted or completed sexual assaults against them, dating back as far as the 1960s, swallowed drugs willingly before the encounters.It may not matter. Most of Cosby's illicit activities would be considered sex crimes, according to today's feminist-written definition of rape. Off with his head, and other body parts!But not long ago, society looked at rape differently. If a woman, and this was mainly about women, knowingly took drugs or drank alcohol before engaging in sex, and then for whatever reason shame, guilt or seeing Prince Charming turn into a frog by the light of day that lady regretted her tacit agreement to engage in sexual activity, she would just have to live with her stupid decision...." see full article


917 days ago | freep
Bill Cosby, public moralist, silenced - Detroit Free Press
"...If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week's bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.As you no doubt already know, a federal judge sided with the Associated Press, which had sought release of a deposition in a 2005 civil case brought against Cosby by a woman named Andrea Constand who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her. In his sworn testimony, he admitted to obtaining seven prescriptions for Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intention of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with...." see full article


921 days ago | slate
Bill Cosby's Moralizing Made a Judge Unseal Secret Drug Testimony - Slate Magazine

"...Instead, Robreno notes that a very specific aspect of Cosby's public persona is at issue here: Cosby's decision to don the mantle of public moralist and mount the soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime. As a mere comic, Cosby might maintain most of his privacy rights. But as a public moralist, he has voluntarily narrowed the zone of privacy that he is entitled to claim. To prove his point, Robreno cites three of Cosby's most infamous criticisms. First, Robreno describes the pound cake speech, delivered at an NAACP event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. During the speech, Cosby scolded black Americans for, among other things, allegedly stealing food:..." see full article


925 days ago | rollingstone
15 Times Bill Cosby Was a Huge Hypocrite - RollingStone.com
"...Those of us who have been waiting since last winter for Bill Cosby to experience some legal retribution for the scores of sexual assault allegations against him are basking in a bit of schadenfreude this week. The comedian's deposition in the Andrea Costrand case in which Cosby admits to giving at least one 19-year-old woman Quaaludes before sex has been released to the public. In an especially satisfying twist, the Associated Press won its petition to have the decade-old documents unsealed for precisely the reason Cosby wanted them to remain private: They hurt his public image as a moral authority. Judge Eduardo C. Robreno declared that Cosby's self-appointment as a "public moralist" heightened public interest in the 2005 lawsuit, undermining his argument against releasing the documents.Judge Rebreno cites Cosby's infamous 2004 "pound cake" speech as evidence of the comedian's belief in himself as a moral authority. But he could have gone even further back in Cosby's career to unearth tons of similar examples. In retrospect, Bill Cosby's entire public life provides a treasure trove of flat-out hypocrisy. Here are 15 of the most egregious moments when Cosby's actions and declarations stand in stark contrast to his alleged crimes...." see full article


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925 days ago | chicagotribune
Disney removes Bill Cosby statue at Hollywood Studios - Chicago Tribune

"...The removal of the statute at Disney's Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza came after court documents unsealed Monday revealed that Cosby testified in 2005 that he'd obtained quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.The 77-year-old Cosby hasn't commented on the documents, which were secret for a decade until Monday, after The Associated Press went to court to get them released. He has never been charged with a crime and has repeatedly denied sexual assault allegations...." see full article


926 days ago | theroot
Dear Bill Cosby Defenders: What Do You Have to Say for Yourselves Now? - The Root (blog)
"...The stories weren't good enough for you? The fact that the stories were so similar wasn't enough for you? I would hope that none of you who defended Cosby have female relatives. I would hope that if a daughter, niece, aunt, sister, mother or grandmother came to you and said that someone drugged and raped her, instead of victim-blaming and -shaming, you'd actually listen and help her.Rape is one of the most underreported crimes against women. And it's because of people like Cosby's defenders that rape victims seldom come forward.While your lovable Cosby was out and about telling the black community to pick up its pants and raise its children, he was also drugging women with Benadryl and Quaaludes. This is the man you so staunchly defended. This is the man who admitted giving a Temple University employee drugs in 2005.This man isn't the Dr. Huxtable you watched every Thursday night on TV. And you owe his victims an apology...." see full article


927 days ago | chicagotribune
It was Bill Cosby's moralizing that was his undoing - Chicago Tribune

"...While many of Bill Cosby's accusers feel vindicated by his decade-old admission that he gave at least one woman quaaludes before sex, some of his Hollywood friends are reserving judgment, saying the testimony doesn't prove he committed a crime.The testimony, unsealed Monday by a federal judge, reignited the furor that erupted last year, when dozens of women came forward to accuse the comedian of sexual assault over the past four decades. Many said Cosby drugged and raped them."I never thought I would be validated or vindicated in this," said Joan Tarshis, of Woodstock, New York, who accused Cosby of drugging and attacking her when she was breaking into comedy writing in 1969...." see full article


927 days ago | washingtonpost
DC's Ben's Chili Bowl appears to distance itself from Bill Cosby - Washington Post

"...Just as Scott was reconsidering her support of Cosby, the comedian's own words, once securely buried in the files of a Philadelphia courthouse, yet now exhumed, are forcing a reckoning for one of America's most-beloved entertainment icons. It remains to be seen how the unsealed documents, part of a lawsuit filed against Cosby a decade ago by one of his accusers, will have any tangible effect on ongoing civil cases brought against the comedian by women who have alleged that he drugged and raped them. But the disclosures are giving the comedian's alleged victims who number more than 40 a sense of vindication after years of intense efforts by Cosby's team to discredit them, as well as hardening an impression that the comedian's brand is irretrievably damaged and his career decimated...." see full article


927 days ago | washingtonpost
'Blame the media' karma strikes back at Bill Cosby - Washington Post (blog)

"...For anyone following Cosby's evasions and maneuvering vis-a-vis the allegations from dozens of women, Robreno's ruling is a must-read. And it's an especially fun ruling for media critics who've followed Cosby's attacks on organizations that have dared to publish the claims against him. Here's one underappreciated snippet of the opinion: At the end of this exercise, punctuated by vigorous verbal combat between counsel, what emerged from those portions of the deposition testimony that were filed with the Court is Defendant's version of certain of the events surrounding this lawsuit in his own words. Bold text added to highlight the ultimate diss. The guy who lashed out at the media now has no choice but to find a different tack. Because in this case, the media dug up his own words. This time, there's no vetting issue...." see full article


927 days ago | nytimes
Bill Cosby Admission About Quaaludes Offers Accusers Vindication

"...Until the accusations piled up last year, Mr. Cosby had been one of America's most beloved comedians, after a long career that included stand-up, a hit NBC sitcom and commercials for Jell-O. In the twilight of his career, he was preparing a comedy special to be available on Netflix, and NBC was exploring a return to prime time for its former star. Both projects were canceled in the wake of the accusations.In a further setback, Disney World said it would remove a bronze statue of Mr. Cosby, The Orlando Sentinel reported on Tuesday, citing a Walt Disney World spokeswoman.Gloria Allred, a lawyer who represents several of the women who say they were molested, said release of the testimony bolsters the position of the more than two dozen women who have come forward in the last year to accuse Mr. Cosby of raping or molesting them, beginning in the mid-1960s, some of them claiming that he drugged them first...." see full article


927 days ago | thedailybeast
Bill Cosby: Why Werent You Outraged?

"...But how about this? We're finally talking about Bill Cosby. We're just now finding out that Bill Cosby outright admitted to using illicit drugs to rape women. We're finding out that he admitted this in court and under oath, and yet despite this his legal team was able to keep him from experiencing any legal consequences for his actions and was able to keep those records sealed from the eyes of the public.We're learning that this happened 10 fucking years ago, and that there was a nine-year gap between the trial in which Cosby gave this testimony, in 2005, and the media suddenly regaining interest in this story in 2014.Assuming that you're not one of the apologists still bizarrely claiming that there's a possible other side to the story that there's any way at all to justify taking out fake prescriptions for a date rape drug and then getting women to take it to make them have sex with you then that nine-year hiatus should really upset you...." see full article


927 days ago | nytimes
Bill Cosby Admission About Quaaludes Offers Accusers Vindication - New York Times

"...But on Tuesday, Ms. Serignese and many of the women, speaking themselves or through representatives, said they felt vindicated by Mr. Cosby's admission in a newly released court record that he had obtained quaaludes to give young women with whom he wanted to have sex.It was an acknowledgment, the first to become public, that Mr. Cosby viewed powerful, sedating drugs as part of his sexual encounters with women. Mr. Cosby branded them a liar, said Joseph Cammarata, who is representing Ms. Serignese and two other women in a defamation suit against the entertainer. This testimony, at least as it relates to Therese Serignese, seems to tell a different story. ..." see full article



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