Pretrial hearings in the criminal assault case against Bill Cosby began this morning in Pennsylvania, where a judge will decide whether the case will continue to trial. But let us not forget that Cosby—who has been accused of similar crimes by almost 60 women—gave a deposition in the case in 2005 admitting to giving women drugs with the intent of sleeping with them, and hiding payoffs from his wife, Camille.
Now that Bill Cosby has been officially charged with sexual assault in connection with a 2004 incident in Pennsylvania, another forgotten rape accusation against a seemingly-untouchable American figure has resurfaced. With the help of a Twitter account, former nursing home executive Juanita Broaddrick caught the media’s attention this week by reiterating a claim she first publicly made almost 20 years ago: Bill Clinton raped her.
A few minutes after 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, Bill Cosby showed up to a magistrate’s office in Elkins Park, Penn. for arraignment on three charges of sexual assault that were filed by the Montgomery County district attorney this morning. Waiting for him was the press, which produced the surreal scene of Cosby’s first real public reckoning with his alleged crimes.
Two more women added their stories to the more than 50 separate accusations of sexual assault against legendary comedian Bill Cosby at a press conference today with attorney Gloria Allred. One woman claimed Cosby drugged and raped her at a private audition for The Cosby Show, and the other accused him of forcibly rubbing his genitals on her at a track and field event.
More than 50 women have now accused Bill Cosby of drugging, raping, or sexually harassing them. People reported Wednesday night that three new accusers have spoken out, and their stories are very similar to those of the 40-plus other women who say they’ve been victimized by the formerly beloved comedian.
Artist and programmer Nick Rindo, whose medium of choice is various plant seeds, created a portrait of accused sexual predator Bill Cosby out of canola seeds and submitted it to the Minnesota State Fair. But it didn’t take the fair organizers long to realize that the rape portrait had not fallen far from the rape plant.
Bill Cosby’s deposition in a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit against him, recently unsealed over Cosby’s objections, reveals the comedian made arrangements with a New York modeling agency back in the ‘80s to set up dinners in his dressing room with young, struggling models from outside New York. At least one of the women who dined with Cosby later accused him of pressuring her into sex.
Simon and Schuster, publisher of Mark Whitaker’s Cosby: His Life and Times—much maligned for glossing over Bill Cosby’s long history of sexual assault allegations—has pulled all the celebrity blurbs from the book’s listings on Amazon and elsewhere, the AP reports. In some cases, the celebrities themselves asked to have their endorsements scrubbed from the internet.