Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bill Cosby Scandal

Billy Cosby, often described as "America's TV Dad" has been in the news for months. Several woman have come out alleging that Cosby drugged them and took advantage of them sexually.

Cosby has remained silent, for the most part, choosing to ignore the accusations. However, his accusers insist that they are telling the truth. Some of Cosby's former co-workers have defended him stating that these women are trying to tarnish his reputation. Despite this defense, Cosby has been taken to court for similar accusations and in one instance chose to settle with the accuser. He also requested that the records of this case be sealed. They were sealed until recently where a judge decided to reveal a disposition done in 2005. In it, Bill Cosby admits to buying Quaaludes in order to have sex with women. Quaaludes or its pharmaceutical name Methaqualone is a sedative and hypnotic that is a central nervous system depressant.

“When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” lawyer Dolores M. Troiani asked.
“Yes,” Cosby answered on Sept. 29, 2005.
“Did you ever give any of these young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?”
Cosby’s lawyer again objected, leading Troiani to petition the federal judge to force Cosby to cooperate. - http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6d90b1f473f147ed9f0048f9e9ac2287/apnewsbreak-cosby-said-he-got-drugs-give-women-sex

Cosby's lawyers fought hard to keep the details of the 2005-2006 case citing that they did not want this to be released because it would cause embarrassment on both sides. Judge Eduardo Robreno wrote in a memorandum stating the reason why he released the details:

"The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest."

Bill Cosby is known for his "moral" personality on many programs. He even had two cartoons geared towards teaching children morals: "Fat Albert" and "Little Bill." His career grew more popular with his "The Cosby Show" sitcom involving a well-to-do African American family. Some criticized the show for not being realistic about how African Americans live and that he adopted a "White" social script. Others believed it gave a positive look to the African American family and inspired them to be ambitious. Cosby was given an honorary doctoral for his work and several awards.  However, after these ladies came forward, many of the awards he received were taken back. Shows for his comedy tour also suffered cancelation and he was even met with hecklers during shows that did go on as scheduled. Recently, Disney removed a statue of his bust.

Comedian and actor Whoopi Goldberg insists he is 'innocent until proven guilty' despite the revelation of what he said in the disposition. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations has run out so most likely these women accusing him will not be able to file a criminal case against him.  However, a defamation case is possible.











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