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Bill Cosby has entertained generations of Americans with his comedy. He is an educator and has created memorable children's programming. His creation "Little Bill" always says "Hello friend" because that's what Ennis, his murdered son, always said. Cosby is a great philanthropist. One does not want to believe that such a beloved and respected figure is a serial rapist. But 14 alleged victims, one of whom he settled with out of court, coupled with his silence, make it hard to credit his lawyer's dismissals. Sadness is all over this; but the seriousness of the accusations raises troubling questions about wealth and fame putting someone above the law. I sure could have done without this news.
Here are several relevant items:
- Jeneé Osterheldt, The Kansas City Star: Bill Cosby is no Cliff Huxtable
- Antoinette Bueno, Entertainment Tonight: EXCLUSIVE: Janice Dickinson Details Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Accusations: He Raped Me
- Kate Pickert, Time: Here’s Everything We Know (and Don’t Know) About the Bill Cosby Rape Allegations
- Eric Deggans, NPR: Bill Cosby's Silence On Rape Allegations Makes Huge Media Noise
- CBS News: New rape allegations against Bill Cosby
- Sarah Kaplan and Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post: Bill Cosby was accused of rape eight years ago. Why is the story going viral now?
Update: A thoughtful essay from Katie McDonough at Salon.