With sexual abuse and rape allegations looming over his legacy, Bill Cosby has released a definitve statement (via his lawyers) saying he will not ever dignify the allegations with a comment. Read it inside....
It's a very precarious time for Bill Cosby. On the one hand, he and wife Camille loaned their personal art collection to the Smithsonian (the exhibit began November 9th), Mark Whitaker published a fawning biography in September ("Cosby: His Life And Times") and his first comedy special in 30 years, "Laughter Is Universal" will air on Comedy Central on Nov. 23rd.
On the other hand, past allegations of rape and sexual abuse resurfaced after comedian Hannibal Buress called him a rapist during one of his routines. Check our previous post about the allegations here.
Since then, one of Mr. Cosby's alleged victims, Barbara Bowman, published an essay in The Washington Post, titled "Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?" and now another alleged victim, music industry publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis, has decided to share her own story of an alleged rape that took place in 1969.
What's most interesting is Mr. Cosby's "radio silence" on the matter. When confronted about the allegations by journalist Scott Simon during a recent interview on NPR, Bill Cosby went silent. Pin drop silent. He never said a word! Until now.....
Through his lawyers, Bill Cosby released a statement saying he will NEVER address the allegations.
Following the statement, Scott Simon tweeted his own response, noting that settling out of court DOES NOT discredit any of the allegations.
With his refusal to acknowledge the 13 allegations (that are on record), has your opinion of Bill Cosby changed?
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