Monday, February 21, 2005 at 3:23 PM
Last Friday, Philadelphia prosecutors announced that Bill Cosby will not face charges stemming from a woman’s allegation that he fondled her at his suburban mansion after giving her medication that made her woozy. Cosby confessed to committing adultery with his accuser (think Kobe Bryant) but denied any criminal wrongdoing. The prosecutors said they found “insufficient evidence to support the woman’s claims”.
The woman, a former Temple University women’s basketball coach, claimed that, after a night out with friends in January 2004, Cosby gave her medication that made her dizzy, then fondled her. She said she later awoke to find her bra undone and her clothes in disarray. Her claims were corroborated, however, by a Los Angeles attorney who claimed that Cosby harassed her in similar fashion almost 30 years ago. Indeed, whispers of Cosby’s aggressive womanizing dogged him even during his reign as “America’s No. 1 Dad” on The Cosby Show.
With these whispers now a public scandal, however, one has to wonder how much longer Cosby can continue his crusade as the conscience of black America. (For example, by decrying that “[t]hey can’t read; they can’t write. They’re laughing and giggling, and they’re going nowhere.”) Perhaps he’ll be shamed into silence like Jesse Jackson who retreated after being exposed as a dead-beat dad of an illegitimate child. Or perhaps Cosby will soldier on like Bill Clinton who seems pathologically immune to public disgrace.
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