Should The Bill Cosby Trial Be Televised?
When the footage of Bill Cosby being arrested last week, aired, my mom looked at the tv screen and said she felt sorry for him. Now, my mom is not one who believes that all of these rape and drugging allegations are a conspiracy to keep Bill Cosby from buying NBC (which is really so outlandish when you think about it. Comcast bought NBC for 6.5 billion, with a B, dollars.) The point is, she believes he did it.
Still, she felt a way seeing a feeble and legally blind Bill Cosby being led into the court room by his legal team, stumbling along the way. At first glance, it does appear to be a sad sight. But when you consider the women, more than 50 of them, it looks something like the beginnings of justice, even if it’s coming much later than it should have.
The only thing I regret is the fact that it didn’t happen sooner.
Whoopi Goldberg seems to share that sentiment.
Yesterday, on “The View,” during the Hot Topics segment, the women were discussing Cosby’s arrest, arraignment and upcoming preliminary hearing for an alleged sexual assault in 2004 against Andrea Constand.
Goldberg said, “I’m glad it’s happening. Because I sort of feel like whenever you have people saying, ‘This is what happened. This is what happened. This is what happened.’ I want the court…I want to hear it. I want everybody to be able to ask the questions. Because we’ve heard a lot but we have not heard anything from his side.”
His tv granddaughter, Raven Symoné said that “there’s action being done” and she’d watch his trial if televised.
The panel also featured legal analyst Sunny Hostin who said the media would have to make a motion for cameras to be allowed in the courtroom and then a judge would grant or deny the request.
She did say “I think people want to see it.”
Personally, I’m with Whoopi. I want to see what Cosby has to say for himself. Though I didn’t always feel this way. When the allegations first came out, though I believed the women, for some inexplicable reason, I felt a way about the media asking Bill Cosby, straight out to his face, whether or not he was a rapist.
Now, I realize this is exactly what he needs. To be held publicly accountable for his actions. Particularly when he’s spent so much of his career publicly positioning himself as morally superior.
Whatever happens, a decision will have to be made soon as a preliminary hearing in the case is set to take place on January 14.
Interestingly enough, in another case, involving seven women who claim Bill Cosby sexually abused them and are suing him for defamation of character, his wife Camille Cosby, who has stood by her husband’s side, saying more about the allegations than he himself has, has been ordered to testify this Wednesday.
Her attorneys filed an emergency motion to stay or delay her deposition, claiming that she would be forced to share intimate details of their married life, including her husband’s sexual proclivities. Her lawyers argued that Mrs. Cosby having to testify, as the comedian’s wife and business manager, would present “undue burden” and “would not spare their client embarrassment.”
The whole thing is laughable really.
Camille was the same woman who released a written statement saying that her husband had consensual sex with 50 women during the course of their marriage. I guess that wasn’t embarrassing or invasive or revealing of his sexual proclivities.
The only difference now is that she can’t lie under oath, without facing the penalty of perjury.
If she knew and thereby enabled her husband’s actions over the decades, she needs to speak up for herself publicly too.
But if the trial is indeed televised, Camille won’t be the one on camera. It’ll be Bill himself. And he’s the one who needs to provide the answers.
What do you think, should the trial be televised?
You can watch what the women of “The View” had to say about it in the video below.