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From The Grio
“I believe he is innocent and unless the judicial system can prove otherwise, I stand behind him and his contributions,” the married father of three said.
Gray asked Cosby if he considers the attacks a modern day “media lynching.” Braxton said he wouldn’t go that far but did make this comparison:
“I would be more inclined to compare it to the passage in the Bible where the people of the village were about to stone the woman caught in adultery and Jesus challenged them by saying that the person who without sin should cast the first stone. The one difference in this case being that the woman was caught in the act and her accusers brought her forward.”
The Altanta-based Cosby is the CEO and co-founder of Cosby Media Productions. It’s a new full-service entertainment company that focuses on new intellectual properties in the areas of books, magazines, radio, music, television and film, according to their website.
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The scorecard on Bill Cosby reads like this: A dozen or more women have said with only a slight variation in the time, place and circumstance that Cosby seduced them, propositioned them, promised them favors, put them up, even paid them, then drugged or plied them with alcohol and sexually abused them. One Bill Cosby publicly says the charges are a lie. One man denies the charge. The dozen plus women stick to their stories. Yet a seemingly disgraced but unfazed Cosby took to the stage at King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida for 90 minutes to the wild cheers of a sold-out crowd that bombarded him with shouts of “We love you, Bill Cosby!”
The Cosby audience love fest was not simply an aberration of groupie fan mania. Legions passionately believe Cosby is being wrongly crucified on the cross of raw public opinion by a pack of greedy, publicity-seeking, career-wrecking liars and schemers.
It happens to be Cosby. But the ritual of rape denial is virtually written in stone in much of public opinion and far too many police stations and courts. Days before the alleged Cosby rape victims paraded forth to retell their sordid stories, literally a sea and an ocean apart, two shocking reports came out that cast yet another brutal and ugly glare on the still rampant rape culture. An Amnesty International commissioned report in Britain found that one-third of Britons said a woman rape victim was as much if not more to blame for the rape. This wasn’t all. The overwhelming majority of respondents was absolutely clueless on how widespread rape was in the country, and in nearly all cases sharply downplayed the number of rapes.
A sea and an ocean away, there was the even more appalling finding that New Orleans police didn’t even bother to investigate hundreds of rape cases, or simply classified the reported sexual assaults as “noncriminal” and did no investigation. New Orleans or Britain was no anomaly. Months before the Cosby rape allegations surfaced, the Iowa Law Review, in March, found that rape is routinely underreported in dozens of cities. The rape claims were dismissed out of hand with little or no investigation. The result was there were no report, no statistical count, and no record of an attack. The study zeroed in on the prime reason for this, namely disbelief. It’s that disbelief that shields, many men, especially rich, powerful, Olympian-like celebrity icons such as Cosby from legal harm. They are reflexively believed when they scream foul at their accuser. They lambaste them as liars, cheats, and gold diggers, or ridicule and demean them as sluts. If things get too hot, they toss out a few dollars in hush money settlements and the screams are even louder that it was all a shakedown operation in the first place and the victim is further demonized.
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By now, we’re sure you’ve heard about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby. Over nine women have accused him of drugging and raping him. Now, it appears as though one of his former costars has weighed in on the topic.
In a tweet, Lisa Bonet reportedly said the following…
However, after some digging, Thegrio is claiming the tweet is in fact false. The Grio stated, According to Lisa Bonet’s manager, the actress is not on Twitter and the following message in not authentic.
Lisa has had a very icy relationship with her former TV dad for a number of years. Cosby reportedly disagreed with an explicit scene she did in a movie and it eventually led to her being fired from The Cosby Show. Lisa has not attended any reunions or supported the Cosby show since.
Although the tweet is fake, fans of the show are eagerly waiting for one of the stars to comment on the allegations. In the meantime, a former NBC employee has come forward claiming Cosby paid off women.
In an interview with the DailyNews, Frank Scotti says he helped Cosby pay multiple women off, buy a model a home and stood out of his dressing when he brought women backstage.
“I was suspicious that something was going on. I suspected that he was having sex with them because the other person he was sending money to Thompson (a woman whose daughter, Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad) he was definitely having sex with.
“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”
“I did a lot of crazy things for him,” recalled Scotti. “He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later.”
Scotti decided to come forward with his story because “felt sorry for the women.”
Aspire and Centric are not budging…at least not yet.
The television channels have decided they will continue to air reruns of the Cosby Show. Centric, owned by BET confirmed to EW that they will continue to air reruns of the series. In addition to Centric, Aspire, created by Magic Johnson, will also continue to air The Bill Cosby Show on it’s channel. A spokesperson told EW “We continue to closely monitor the situation. Currently the show is still running.”
Both channels reach a total of 72 million homes and target black viewers.
Bill Cosby, the main character of The Cosby Show and The Bill Cosby show has been in the headlines of every newspaper for weeks now. Nine women have accused him of drugging and raping them. Janice Dickinson is among the women accusing him of misusing their trust and assaulting them.
Tvland, Netflix and NBC have all pulled programming related to Cosby.
Just Like She Said: Janice Dickinson Releases Pictures Of Bill Cosby In That Patchwork Robe+ New Victim Steps Forward
Earlier this week, we told you about Janice Dickinson stepping forward once again with her allegations that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in Lake Tahoe back in 1982. And in detailing the story, she recalled that right before she remembers passing out, she watched as Bill Cosby untied the belt of his patchwork robe.
Well, Janice recently sent polaroid pictures from that night to TMZ. And like she says, Cosby is sitting there, in a patchwork robe, talking to someone on the phone.
Judging by the amount of skin you see on his chest and his legs, under the table, I doubt he has a whole lot of clothes on underneath.
Janice told TMZ she took these Polaroids in the hotel room after she took the pill but before she actually blacked out.
Dickinson says she woke up the next morning with semen in between her legs.
The pictures certainly don’t corroborate, without a doubt, Janice’s story of sexual assault. But I certainly find it jarring to see these images after listening to her story.
Several will reference Dickinson’s sexual past, to which she’s admitted, as a reason not to believe her. But perhaps, she took the picture before the assault because she could feel herself slipping away.
Unless that picture reveals something we can’t readily see, we’ll probably never know what happened.
Whatever did happen that night, we can all agree that Cosby, with his wedding ring on his finger, and in this state of undress, shouldn’t have been there.
What do you make of the pictures?
And in other Bill Cosby sexual assault news, poet Nikki Giovanni, seven years ago, spoke openly about Bill Cosby’s penchant for pulling his pants down.
Then, as if all of this weren’t enough, another victim has come forward. 52-year-old Angela Leslie, a former model and actress, spoke the the New York Daily News about her Bill Cosby sexual assault story. And shockingly, her story is much like Barbara Bowman.
Cosby, under the guise of advancing her career, invited her to meet with him. And like Bowman, he told her to pretend like she was drunk and gave her a dark drink to aide her in the exercise. But Leslie said she only pretended to drink it because it was too strong for her.
Afterward, Cosby instructed her to wet her hair. She did so and when she came back into the room, Cosby was in bed.
“He had taken his clothes off. He summoned me over to the bed and I walked over. He proceeded to get some Vaseline lotion and he put my hand on his penis and did the masturbation movements with his hands on mine.”
Leslie said she stood there frozen but then start pulling away from him.
“I felt pretty dirty and disgusted. I really wanted to act and be a dancer in the entertainment industry. After I didn’t go along with what he did, he sort of dismissed me from his room. He didn’t speak to me the next day. I really feel he took away my ability to do what I’ve dreamed of all these years. I was on my way. I did several movies. After I met Cosby, nothing. I feel he should not clip the wings of people with dreams and desires to be in the industry just because he’s in a high position. He should use it to help, if possible. I feel I was hindered by him because I just didn’t go along with what his usual scheme and plan was for women.”
Leslie believes had she drank the whole drink, she would have been raped. She makes the 8th victim to come forward with these allegations.
“I’m coming forward now because I’ve been watching the news and seeing these ladies come forward. Cosby’s not saying anything. He’s not apologizing. He’s pretending that it didn’t happen and it happened. It happened with me. He got my hand, he put it on his penis. It’s something I did not got there for. I did not initiate that kind of action. I want people to know that he’s not the person America thinks that he is.”
UPDATE: Netflix & NBC Cancel Bill Cosby Projects Amid Rape Allegations, Centric Will Continue Airing “Cosby Show”
Update #3: Centric has responded to our inquiry with confirmation that The Cosby Show will continue to air on that network. In fact, according to the schedule, the show is airing back-to-back at the time of this latest update (2pm ET). It’s scheduled to air again this evening at 9:48pm ET for another pair of back-to-back episodes.
UPDATE #2: TV Land has pulled repeats of The Cosby Show due to these allegations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cosby Show marathons had been planned for the Thanskgiving and Christmas holidays. Centric also has the rights to Cosby Show episodes, but there’s been no word on how they will proceed. MN has been in touch with an inquiry and will provide an update when it’s available.
Amazon and Hulu are still offering the program for streaming. THR says it has been in touch with all of the other syndication outlets and did not receive a response.
THR says the program has had a “healthy life in syndication,” which benefits not just Cosby, but the other actors on the program.
UPDATE #1, November 19: NBC has announced that they have also pulled the sitcom project that they had in the works with Bill Cosby. The network didn’t offer any other details and neither Cosby or his people had any further comment when they were approached by The Huffington Post.
Update by Tonya Garcia
Originally posted the November 19, 2014
How things can change in a matter of day, especially when you’re embroiled in scandal like Bill Cosby. The veteran comedian/actor was all set to release a special via Netflix. And just two days ago, the company said it was sticking with Cosby even after old rape allegations against the sitcom icon resurfaced.
“Bill Cosby 77,” a stand-up performance by the 77-year-old comedian, was scheduled to go live November 28 on Netflix.
The bad press has been adding up for Cosby. First, comedian Hannibal Buress last month called Cosby a rapist onstage. Then Barbara Bowman published a Washington Post op-ed last week restating her past accusations that Cosby raped her when she was 17.
Despite this Netflix still said things were a go-ahead. “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” his lawyer, John P. Schmitt, said in a November 16 statement. “The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”
But now Netflix has announced the special, which celebrates Cosby’s 77th birthday, is on hold, maybe indefinitely, reports BBC. This came following yet more allegations of rape. This time by former model-turned-reality-star Janice Dickinson, who said Cosby sexually assaulted her after a dinner date in Lake Tahoe, California, in 1982.
The Netflix shelving could lead to more business fallout for Cosby. “Netflix’s move puts more pressure on NBC, which continues to keep its family sitcom starring Cosby in development. It has been announced as being on track for a series launch in summer or fall 2015,” reports Deadline. In the sitcom Cosby is to star as “Jonathan Franklin, a patriarch of a multigenerational family who shares his many years of wit, wisdom and experience to help his daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren navigate their complicated modern lives,” reports Deadline.
With all these sexual abuse allegations flying about, it is doubtful viewers tune in and accept Cosby as a lovable family man. On top of this, it could be difficult for NBC convince advertisers to support the sitcom.
What are your thoughts about the Cosby situation?
Stacey Dash is being Stacey Dash and lending her opinion where nobody really wants it. The Fox host took to Twitter last night to speak out on the Bill Cosby rape allegations which have the media in a frenzy once again. And being typical Stacey Dash, the actress shared an opinion quite opposite of the status quo, writing:
I worked with @BillCosby in ’86 when I was 19. We were alone together many times. He was a perfect gentleman & became a mentor to me.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) November 20, 2014
Though one or two of her followers thanked Stacey for coming to Cosby’s defense, several respondents bashed her for attempting to discredit the mounting number of women who’ve claimed to have been raped at the hands of the comedian. Though it’s not fair to question what Stacey’s experience has been or necessarily judge her for sharing that truth, the 47 year old does have a history of throwing her two cents into the mix just for the sake of attention rather than contributing anything meaningful to the discussion so I think everyone is taking her proclamation with a grain of salt — or dismissing it altogether.
Meanwhile, Raven-Symone, who’s just getting over her own controversy, is asking that she simply be kept out of the mess. After HipHopHangover.com published a story claiming Raven filed molestation charges against her former on-screen grandfather, she was quick to shut down the rumor on Instagram, stating:
I was NOT taking advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!
Honestly, there are enough stories from women vocally claiming to have been taken advantage of by Bill Cosby that salacious gossip like this simply isn’t necessary and further takes attention away from where it should be: the alleged victims and the alleged perpetrator. Unless you fall into either of those categories, it’s probably best you not speak on this matter at all right now.
What do you think about Stacey and Raven’s comments?
I get Dr. Bill Cosby’s silence regarding the resurfacing rape allegations against him. If I were in my 70s, I would want to live out the rest of my life with as little drama and ruckus as possible, and perhaps, being only human, if I were in his shoes, I would respond to the questions about the allegations the same way.
But I am not in his shoes. I am in a very different position. I am a young woman of color who grew up tuning into The Cosby Show weekly, feeling loved and embraced and understood by a family structure that seemed so close to mine in a great many ways but so different in others. I was too young then to give any thought to any allegations. I didn’t understand the severity of such claims. My mind had not yet been open to the gross mistreatment of women who have suffered rape at the hands of any man – but especially at the hands of powerful or beloved men. Without giving it much thought, I believed he could do no wrong. Not Heathcliff Huxtable. Not the jazz enthusiast. Not the tough-loving, baby-delivering father figure who just wanted to eat his sub sandwiches and raise sane children.
As a teen, I dismissed the allegations as some money-hungry woman’s ticket to her 15 minutes of fame. I never once questioned. That is a problem. Not just because I never questioned but because that sort of apathy is all too common even among women. How often do we wonder, “Well, what did she do?” “What is her end-game?” and “She probably just wants his money” when a woman is brave enough to come forward and say that she has been violated by a well-respected man? How often do we victim-blame and never once question the person in question?
We have all fallen into the trap of believing that some of us are infallible. Why is getting angry and mistrusting the victim(s) our normal reaction? What is that bitter root in our society that teaches us to blame the victim before ever even giving a thought to the perpetrator?
As a survivor of sexual assault, I am equal parts disappointed and disgusted. My adoration for Heathcliff Huxtable aside, this cannot be ignored. More than 13 women have been suffering in silence for years. Had I gone to authorities about my sexual assault, I am almost positive I would have faced much more scrutiny than the perpetrator. More than 13 accounts. More than 13 women. It is not out of line to say that at the very least, these allegations deserved an in-depth investigation ages ago.
The alleged victims deserve more than silence from Mr. Cosby. All of his supporters who grew up looking up to him deserve more than his silence. The general Cosby-adoring public needs to put aside their adoration and look at the situation for what it currently is. And as vocal as Dr. Cosby has been about the respectability of Black Americans, this is much more important to speak on. Sexual assault, especially when you are allegedly involved in any way, shape, or form, is serious. It is one of the leading but most underreported crimes, most especially against women. This issue deserves as much of an outcry if not more. Dr. Cosby has made it a point to condemn young people of color who don’t speak or dress appropriately, and he’s done the same to those who give their children names that aren’t easy to pronounce, but it is time, Mr. Cosby, to be open, honest and tell your truth–whatever it is. If not for yourself, but for the women who have come forward and for the great many of us who wait, with bated breath, for your response.
La Truly is a writer, higher education professional, and young women’s empowerment enthusiast. She mixes her interest in social and cultural issues with her life experiences to encourage thought, discussion and positive change among young Women of Color. Follow her on Twitter: @ashleylatruly and check out her site: www.ashleyjh.com.
If you’ve read Janice Dickinson’s autobiography, you may already know that she’s spoken about Bill Cosby sexually assaulting her.
And now that the allegations have resurfaced, and more and more women are coming forward, with similar stories, Janice Dickinson sat down with Entertainment Tonight’s Kevin Frazier to explain what happened to her back in 1982 with Dr. Cosby.
“In 1982, I was on a job in Bali, in Indonesia. And he called. And the conversation, to the best of my recollection, ‘You need to get to Lake Tahoe because I’ll be performing there and I want to offer you that job we talked about. As well as helping you with a singing career I hear you’re trying to do.’
When I arrived at Lake Tahoe, Bill was performing at the venue and then after dinner, in my room he’d given me wine and a pill. The next morning I woke up and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas. And I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.
Before I woke up in the morning, the last thing I remember was Bill Cosby…uh…in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me.”
Then Janice explains why she’s coming forward, again, to tell this story.
“I’ll tell you why. I’m doing this because it’s the right thing to do. It happened to me and this is the true story.”
Good for Janice having the courage to relive what must have been a very traumatic moment in her life. As sad of a commentary as this is, people don’t often believe certain issues are indeed problematic or that people have pure motives for coming forward, until there’s a celebrity’s face attached to it.
You can watch the full piece of her interview in the video below.
Bill Cosby And His Lawyer Speak On Rape Allegations: “The Fact That They Are Being Repeated Does Not Make Them True”
Ever since comedian Hannibal Buress called Bill Cosby a “rapist” on stage last month, Bill Cosby has taken quite the beating in the court of public opinion. He has cancelled appearances on The Queen Latifah Show, as well as The Late Show With David Letterman recently, and who could forget the fiasco that was Cosby asking fans to make memes of him on Twitter? Also, one of Cosby’s alleged victims, Barbara Bowman, spoke out last week to the Huffington Post Live and had this to say in a piece for The Washington Post:
While I am grateful for the new attention to Cosby’s crimes, I must ask my own questions: Why wasn’t I believed? Why didn’t I get the same reaction of shock and revulsion when I originally reported it? Why was I, a victim of sexual assault, further wronged by victim blaming when I came forward? The women victimized by Bill Cosby have been talking about his crimes for more than a decade. Why didn’t our stories go viral?
And Cosby had an interview with NPR recently where he was finally asked about those allegations, allegations that weren’t included in his new biography, Cosby, and that he’s never spoke on, aside from denying them in a civil lawsuit against him in 2006. To say the silence was uncomfortable after the question was asked would definitely be an understatement. He didn’t answer, and from there, I guess it was finally time for Cosby’s lawyer to step in. John P. Schmitt took to Cosby’s website to let people know that Cosby will never speak on the allegations, and just because women have come forward to say they were sexually assaulted by Cosby, that doesn’t make their claims true. In Schmitt’s eyes, the lawsuit was handled, so they won’t be speaking on the matter again:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
What do you make of the statement?