I don’t know that Bill Cosby should be doing extensive interviews right now, but if I were accused of drugging and raping women my response would not be a simple “no comment”. That’s exactly how the former TV dad has responded to allegations of doing just that to over a dozen women throughout his more than 50 year career.
The first public accusations came from Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, in 2004 claiming that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. Constand and Cosby settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006. Since then over a dozen women have surfaced alleging similar incidences of being drugged and raped by the now 77 year old comedian; the most recent being model and TV personality Janice Dickerson.
Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, has dismissed and attempted to discredit the sexual assault claims saying, “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”
I get the whole “not dignifying the allegations” approach, but that only makes sense when there is nothing to lose by not fully addressing them. Since the allegations resurfaced over the last month, Cosby has taken a serious hit on the business front. TV Land has stopped airing reruns of The Cosby Show, a project between NBC and Cosby has been described as “no longer in development”, and Netflix has postponed the launch of Cosby’s new stand-up special previously scheduled to air on November 27th. Not acknowledging a rumor is one-thing, but if allegations against me result in my loss of business and I’m actually innocent, I would be denying those allegations EVERYTIME they arose. The internet chatter is that he’s afraid to comment in fear of being caught in a lie. Does Cosby’s lack of denial, or any response at all for that matter, indicate guilt?
If this indeed true, I hope that all of the women have or are seeking counseling.