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Is Bill Cosby Guilty as Charged?
The chorus of women is growing. The Internet is alive with Bill Cosby's charges of rape from not just one woman, but to 14. All have had similar situations and tell of the familiar story of a man who, at the pinnacle of his career, took advantaged of women and then tossed them aside hiding behind the legal veneer. He still hides behind it. When asked on NPR, the only thing he did was shake his head in a negative manner. While the Statute of Limitations has long passed, the growing chorus of intolerance has forced him to cancel at least two planned appearances and will NBC cancel his new TV show that will be aired in January 2015. Should NBC cancel the show?
Barbara Bowman was 17 when Cosby drugged her and had sex. She idolized him but after years of tolerating it, she tried to take Cosby to court in the late 1980's and was just brush aside by his attorneys. In 2004, Andrea Constand filed the same charges and Bowman testified anonymously. The lawsuit was paid off quietly. The last time Bowman fell prey to Cosby was in a hotel room where she tried to fight him off as he pinned her on the bed. All of his accusers tried in vain to get media attention but none came until a 2005 civil lawsuit in which 13 women came forward in support of the main litigant. All with very similar stories. In the 2004 case, Constand said that Crosby gave her three herbal pills to help relax her after dealing tension. Then, she began to feel dizzy and Cosby helped to the couch. This is where he fondled her boobs and then rubbed her vagina and rubbed his penis against her as it was hard. He then penetrated her digitally. Tamara Green also was given some pills that he claimed were "herbal" and then disrobed against her will and penetrated back in the 1970's. Bill left her $200 on the nightstand.
The bad thing for Cosby is that all of the 13 stories the women have told are following the same pattern. The woman is given something to relax them, so they take it willingly, and once the effects happen, Cosby rapes them while in a semi-helpless to resist state. Naturally, Cosby, now 77, is shocked that this rears its ugly head again. It is no surprise to me that any of this happened. He is an icon and many icons do exactly this. Look at Woody Allen. President Clinton. Star power on the scale that Cosby has had makes it hard for him resist taking advantage of others, especially young ones that look up to him.
Has Cosby been overrated? I think so. His show was great, but was it THAT great? His stand up comedy routines are so funny, but so are many others. I think this time, Cosby will have to face the music. It grows louder everyday and he is looking "guilty as charged".