The news, talk shows, internet, newspapers and magazines seem fixated on the accusations against Bill Cosby brought by over a dozen women. Not much news seemed generated by the “out of court” settlement against him by ten women several years ago…and by prior alleged victims writing about him attacking them sexually, but now for some reason (I’m not sure why) it is a media feeding frenzy.
Now of course under our system, a man is presumed innocent until a jury convicts them of a crime. So I cannot and will not say that Bill Cosby is guilty, but at the same time, “when there is smoke, there may be fire.” He has “no comment” on questions about the allegations, and frankly he has nothing to gain by saying they are not true, or admitting that they are. The statute of limitation has run out on any prosecution that might have resulted if these women had been believed when they first told their stories, but scant attention was paid to them apparently because Bill Cosby was a national treasure.
Here is an article about one of Cosby’s early “comedy” routines about giving drugs to women and then having sex with them, which conforms to the accusations of the several women who said he drugged them before having sex with them.
Here is an interesting article about the women who have accused him, and some who settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
Bill Clinton was accused of rape by several women, and I personally know one of the women who accused him. I went to grade school with her and, frankly, I believe her. Here is an article about one of his accusers:
Rich and powerful men have “always” seemed to be sexually charged and to be less than seriously concerned about fidelity. Jerry Sandusky, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, J. F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. have all been shown to be philandering men.
Tabloids are filled almost daily with the antics of various of the “rich and famous” and the divorces and accusations of partners. After finding Robert Kennedy Jr.”s sex diary, his wife killed herself.
The list of men (and women) in high places who have engaged in illicit affairs, both consensual and non-consensual would be larger than the entire Los Angeles and New York telephone books combined. The old saying “power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” I think applies here. Those, like Cosby, who are in a position to offer to help a young woman who wants to break into television or films, and who holds such a “stellar” reputation (just like Jerry Sandusky did) some how is more believable than the victims.
Even officials of the NFL, Penn State, and the Catholic Church have been shown to cover up such “events” as domestic abuse, pedophilia and rape. Hopefully some of those covering up these horrible deeds will also be held accountable.
It is bad enough for someone to be victimized once, but to have society victimize them again is a travesty.