Monday, November 13, 2006 at 10:47 AM
…Bill Cosby – America’s favorite TV Dad (and faithful husband) – escaped prison when prosecutors investigating allegations of sexual assault concluded that they did not have sufficient evidence to convict him, beyond a reasonable doubt, at trial.
But no one thought that was the end of the story. Indeed, just over a month later – after losing any chance to take away his freedom – Cosby’s lone accuser filed a civil lawsuit to take away his money instead.
Many court observers assumed this suit would be settled with financial dispatch in the same way that Kobe Bryant paid-off his accuser (for what ultimately proved to be a $5 million romp!). But a few days ago, the allegations against Cosby became 10-times worse and, potentially, 10-times more costly. Because lawyers for his accuser filed motion in court for 10 more women to give evidence of similar sexual assaults that were allegedly perpetrated against them by Cosby.
Therefore, it was not surprising that, instead of allowing Andrea Constand – the 32-year old who regarded Cosby as a mentor – to testify in open court about how he drugged and raped her, Cosby, 69, settled her lawsuit last Wednesday for an amount sufficient enough to buy her silence.
Meanwhile, Cosby’s legal woes have not caused him to retreat from his self-appointed role as a latter-day John the Baptist, preaching to a generally unreceptive Black audience that the lack of individual responsibility, more than “systemic racism”, is the root cause of crime, poor education and high unemployment in Black America. And for this I commend him wholeheartedly!
But, given the recent fall from grace of Evangelist Ted Haggard (after a male prostitute outed him as a tartuffe who likes to fuel his gay sex with crystal meth), this Cosby update serves as just another reminder that the best of us are often as flawed as the worst of us….
NOTE: If Cosby thought that settling this lawsuit would keep the lid on his past sexual exploits, he was sadly mistaken. Because a popular online magazine, Media Take Out, reports today that – although not preparing to sue him – another woman wants the world to know that Cosby used and abused her sexually, and even infected her with herpes.
And, this woman scorned expresses her motivation for coming forward now as follows:
…when I knew him, he was sleeping with every woman in sight – and that was right in front of his “loving” wife….
He knows what it means to be a lousy Black man, because he was a dirty dog in his day. But now that he’s old I guess he feels he can talk down to people. I had to expose him for the hypocrite that he is.