Obviously the Woody Allen and Dylan Farrow story’s re-emergence in the headlines (don’t forget, Allen’s abuse has been well-known since the ’70s) has put the world on alert for other sexual deviants. That being said, it’s no surprise that Gawker wrote up a piece about legendary comedian Bill Cosby‘s MULTIPLE sex offense accusations that also spanned decades and are pretty consistent and most likely completely true.
Apparently the latest press coverage of Cosby’s offenses was as recent as 2006, and yet… I don’t remember hearing about it whatsoever. Do you? It seems to follow a trend we have as a culture: ignore anything unsavory for the sake of protecting great “art”. We want to discount Dylan Farrow’s story because Woody Allen is a total legend and a genius filmmaker. We want to believe that Bill Cosby – the loveable TV dad and erudite comedian – would never violate a single woman, let alone several. R. Kelly having sex with and preying upon underage girls is laughed off for the sake of preserving his reputation as a legendary R&B artist. Where does it end?
One of Cosby’s accusers was brave enough to use her own name in a public lawsuit against Cosby and even appeared on the TODAY show with Matt Lauer at the time to speak about her experience. Here’s how she described her run-in:
When Plaintiff advised Defendant she did not feel well, Defendant led Plaintiff to a sofa, because she could not walk on her own, where he laid her down, under the guise of “helping” her.
Subsequently, Defendant positioned himself behind Plaintiff on the sofa, touched her breasts and vaginal area, rubbed his penis against her hand, and digitally penetrated her.
Plaintiff remained in a semi-conscious state throughout the time of this ordeal.
At no time was Plaintiff capable of consent after the pills affected her, and at no time did she consent to Defendant’s acts.
It goes on and on – I recommend reading the whole thing for a more complete account. This is just disgusting and I wish we’d all pay a bit more attention to it. Listen: shitty people can make great art. It happens all the time; the two aren’t mutually exclusive. But to brush SERIOUS abuse like this under the carpet is absolutely appalling.