Bill Cosby’s Legacy, Recast: Accusers Speak in Detail About Sexual-Assault Allegations

Manuel Roig-Franzia et al., Washington Post, November 22, 2014

They didn’t see a comedian. They saw the “king of the world.”

Long before there was a Dr. Cliff Huxtable, before rumpled sweaters and a collective anointing as America’s dad, Bill Cosby was magnified a hundredfold in the eyes of the young models and actresses he pulled into his orbit. For them, he embodied the hippest of the 1960s and ’70s Hollywood scene, a mega-star with the power to make somebodies out of nobodies.

He partied with Hugh Hefner and was a regular at the magazine mogul’s Playboy Mansion bacchanals. He co-owned a restaurant and hit the hottest clubs. He sizzled.

Those wild, largely forgotten days clash with the avuncular image that has been Cosby’s most enduring impression on American culture. And they have been jarringly cast in a wholly different light as a torrent of women have told–and in some cases retold–graphic, highly detailed stories of alleged abuse by Cosby.

Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first and another saying he tried to drug her. The Washington Post has interviewed five of those women, including a former Playboy Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her allegations. The women agreed to speak on the record and to have their identities revealed. The Post also has reviewed court records that shed light on the accusations of a former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University who assembled 13 “Jane Doe” accusers in 2005 to testify on her behalf about their allegations against Cosby.

The accusations, some of which Cosby has denied and others he has declined to discuss, span the arc of the comedy legend’s career, from his pioneering years as the first black star of a network television drama in 1965 to the mid-2000s, when Cosby was firmly entrenched as an elder statesman of the entertainment industry, a scolding public conscience of the African American community and a philanthropist. They also span a monumental generational shift in perceptions–from the sexually unrestrained ’60s to an era when the idea of date rape is well understood.

The saga of the abuse allegations is set in locales that speak to Cosby’s wealth and fame: a Hollywood-studio bungalow, a chauffeured limousine, luxury hotels, a New York City brownstone. But it also stretches into unexpected places, such as an obscure Denver talent agency that referred two of Cosby’s future accusers to the star for mentoring.

The allegations are strung together by perceptible patterns that appear and reappear with remarkable consistency: mostly young, white women without family nearby; drugs offered as palliatives; resistance and pursuit; accusers worrying that no one would believe them; lifelong trauma. There is also a pattern of intense response by Cosby’s team of attorneys and publicists, who have used the media and the courts to attack the credibility of his accusers.

Martin Singer, an attorney for Cosby, issued a statement Friday defending his client and assailing the news media.

“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,” he said. “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.

“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted.


[Editor’s Note: The rest of this lengthy article can be read at the original article link below.]


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  • pcmustgo

    Yes and some 90 year old former NBC employee came forward and said he sent out monthly pay-off payments to these women on Cosby’s behalf.

  • pcmustgo

    I never liked the super slow way Cosby talked. He’s over-rated as a comedian, as is Richard Pryor… or for that matter, Dave Chapelle.

    • italian guy

      Dave Chapelle’s skit about the black “white supremacist” is hilarious though, blacks are only funny when they admit their flaws directly or indirectly, like the character of Uncle Ruckus, i didn’t even watched that show, but that character is hysterical “read n***a, read!”.

      • pcmustgo

        Dave Chapelle is more gifted than Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby, true.

  • IstvanIN

    The fact that he hung out with that pervert Hugh Hefner convicts him my eyes.

    • Ron Cheaters

      What strikes me odd is that the MSM seems to have taken the side of the victims rather than blather about how great Cosby is. But I can shrug that off because Cosby was critical of the Ferguson protestors, and we can’t have any divergence of opinions on that matter.
      Still though, he’s a scoundrel and this is an example we’ve been waiting for.

    • none of your business

      I think every male entertainer of that era except for the Christian family man Pat Boone hung out with Hefner.

      • Charles Martel

        and Liberace!! 😀

  • See The Future

    Cosby should be in jail.

  • David Ashton

    Leftist-feminists are probably content with this BECAUSE he has been a symbol of black bourgeois respectability and therefore an enemy in their eyes of cultural revolution, like (say) an exposed pedophile priest, whereas a rapper rapist revolutionary from the “entertainment” world would not cause them such joy.

  • Rhialto

    I don’t know or care what Cosby did. Most guys with his sexual opportunities would have done as much. What I find disturbing is that Americans don’t distinguish between the characters that an actor portrays and the actor. Cosby was a good actor for certain roles, and Dr. Huxtable was ideal for him. He deserves credit for this, but it is foolish to assume Cosby’s character was similar to Dr. Huxtable’s.

    Clint Eastwood has stated that he has never been in a serious fist fight. That did not make him less effective as an action-hero. It’s called ACTING.

    • Rhialto

      Addendum/Correction: The statement “Most guys with his sexual….” referred to Cosby’s consensual sexual opportunities not his raping opportunities.

    • Speedy Steve

      He was better in I Spy.

    • Max

      Nobody has been forwarding Eastwood as a “role-model” and intellectual as they have Cosby and what you are telling us is thqt Eastwood was in fact much *less* violent than his characters. Here, we have the opposite. Cosby’s misbehavior was surely not unknown to the purveyors of promotional propaganda about this pervert but for decades they kept the legend alive. When we have an apparently violent criminal held forth as a paragon, I DO care what he does in his private life and so should you.

    • none of your business

      His victims claim he gave them a drink with a drug in it that caused them to pass out. The rest of those entertainment guys don’s have to do it. I found all that media gasping in shock that Dr. Huxtable could do such a thing ridiculous . He is an actor and Dr. Huxtable was the character. The media forgot that.

  • Luca

    Give a negro incredible amounts of money and power and they will still act like a negro.

    You can put a suit on a monkey, but it’s still a monkey.

    • dukem1

      He must have had some strange fantasy/fetish.
      One would think that in our celebrity infatuated culture a guy as successful as Cosby would have to fight off the groupies with a stick.
      Does anyone think that George Clooney, or Mick Jagger, or, God forbid even Snoop Dogg needs to drug some babe just to get it on?

  • Sick of it

    The worst one was when he raped a woman when she was in mourning for her six year old son. That’s the sort of thing that causes me to question his status as a human being.

  • dd121

    I want to presume innocence but it’s getting harder and harder.

    • [Guest]

      Thankfully, since we’re not on a jury, we don’t have to withhold our opinions until all the evidence is in.

      I say the guy’s a creep and has had a free pass because he’s black.

      • dd121

        Plus he has the image of being the ideal black father. Guess it’s all an illusion.

        • none of your business

          Well, he did get married young and has stayed married. His children have stayed out of trouble or at least the media has covered up any troubles. This ideal black Father thing is insane. Who thinks Ray Ramano and Patricia Heaton are happily married with a daughter named Ally and 2 younger twin boys? Who thinks Charlie Sheen has a Mother named Evelyn, a brother named Alan and a maid named Berta?

          • dd121

            I’ve never seen an episode of any of those programs so I’m not held under the spell.

      • Anna Tree

        There are many famous blacks who do crimes and the media tells us. I think he got a free pass because he was a “magic negro”.

        On the contrary, the media is like a pack of hyenas when a seemingly good character white has allegedly done a crime.

        Obvious double standard…

  • D.B. Cooper

    I watched one episode of the Cosby Show about 25 years ago. The blacks could do no wrong, and whites came across as bumbling fools. How many white morons in this country got their perception of blacks from shows like this? It’s one reason why there are so many white democrats out there.

    • Bryce Armstrong

      Its why I liked Married With Children (it billed its self as the Anti-Cosby Show).

      • Tim_in_Indiana

        Married With Children may have been “the Anti-Cosby Show,” but the white characters were still bumbling fools.

    • Max

      I think it just *appealed* to white Democrats because they were already irreparably misinformed. Republicans wanted to believe that all blacks *could* be professionals with graduate degrees; some conservatives attempting to convince themselves of the hopeful possibilities for improving the black condition and some affirming their belief that blacks are just like whites but unwilling to exert themselves. Few, myself included, wanted to think that blacks would simply NEVER be ABLE in any significant numbers to achieve a decent standard of living on their own. It is highest heresy to liberals and very depressing to conservatives. For 30 minutes a week anything was possible.

    • model1911

      He lost me when his two ‘twin’ grandchildren were Winnie & Nelson on the show.

      • Wim Kotze

        The real Winnie also had a weakness for those half her age. But then again, the local bantu will hump anything. The great black messiah also left some unacknowledged niglets to cope on their own.

  • Max

    Whoa, a black guy raping white women? What’s next, blacks robbing convenience stores?

    Drugging the victims first is atypical for blacks so you have to give him credit for his race-spanning innovation. I think that’s mighty white of him.

    • IstvanIN

      Marjorie Lord used “that’s mighty white of you” on The Danny Thomas Show tonight. I never heard it before, I thought I must be hearing things.

      • Cheri Rodriguez

        It comes from the third Dirty Harry movie–“The Enforcer” (1976).

        • IstvanIN

          This episode of Danny Thomas was copyright 1962.

      • Max

        That’s funny. Wasn’t Thomas Lebanese? If it was directed at him there may have been a hidden meaning. In Hebrew anyway, “lavan” means “white” as in the O.T. character “Laban” and Lebanon.

        • IstvanIN

          Yes he was.

      • MBlanc46

        With the surname Blanc, I’ve been hearing this one most of my life.

      • dukem1

        What channel is that on…I always thought his uncle tunoose or whatever was the funniest thing ever!

        • IstvanIN

          COZI TV from 6:00 to 7:00pm. I hate most modern TV. Too dirty and diverse.

          • dukem1

            thanx, Istavan.

            Everything was better then.

  • Vito Powers

    I’m just wondering how naive could these woman, especially when they were teenagers, have been. A black guy who wants to “mentor” white women? Didn’t they think there would be a quid pro quo, like at least oral sex?

    Cosby should pack it in anyway. He’s 77 years old and comes across as incoherent in interviews. Frankly, I’m glad the bogus image of “America’s Dad” that was created by a fawning media has been shattered.

    • He’s really just another typical negro.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Rape is a violent crime, Cosby is a serial anti-white racist. Ironically he is also a anti-black racist by choosing mostly White victims; black women were beneath his rich ” white man culture ” wannabe psychy for his rich penis.

    • Veritas

      If guilty, he is not an anti-black racist. He is purely an anti-white racist. Rape is a crime of domination and degradation of the victim, not sexual desire. The reason so many black men rape white women is not because they think they are pretty, but because of their hatred of and aggression toward the white race.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    But, but, but . . . He’s one of the GOOD ones!

  • none of your business

    I never watched a single episode of the Huxtable show. I’m old enough to have watched his 1960’s TV show but I never did. He was a major comedian but I don’t remember him being a major star until the Huxtable show. That show was an ensemble show. It was more the pretty wife with and the kids.

    • mobilebay

      Bill Cosby and Robert Culp starred in “I Spy” in 1965 to 1968. The Bill Cosby Show didn’t air until 1987 and went into the early ’90s. He was a TV name before he became a Huxtable.

  • Paul Franken

    This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding the truth about negro male on White Women sexual assaults. The vast majority go unreported despite the thousands that are reported every year. Past time to put ‘White Guilt’ to death.