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Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Lawsuit Would “Embarrass” Him If Unsealed

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I wish this was a comedy piece and completely farcical, but alas, this is real life. Bill Cosby‘s lawyer doesn’t want the records from his 2005 sexual assault lawsuit unsealed because his lawyer – and yes, he said this seriously – said it would be too “embarrassing” for Cosby. I’d say embarrassment over drugging and sexually assaulted a woman (well, dozens, but I mean in this particular case) is the least thing he should feel. I know it’s not on my list of feelings, which includes rage and disgust, among others.

From People:

The Associated Press is seeking access to court motions in the suit after Cosby has been confronted with more than a 40 accusations of sexual assault that allegedly stretch back decades.

Cosby, 77, has staunchly denied any misconduct and has never been charged.

The 2005 suit, brought by a former Temple University employee named Andrea Constand, alleged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her. It was settled in 2006 under confidential terms and a judge will have to decide if its temporary seal should be permanent.

Cosby’s attorney said the deposition could reveal intimate details about his client’s drug use, marriage and sex life.

“Frankly, … it would embarrass him [and] it would also prejudice him in eyes of the jury pool in Massachusetts,” lawyer George M. Gowen III said, according to the AP.

“Why would he [Cosby] be embarrassed by his own version of the facts?” the judge asked.

Gowen said Cosby did not negotiate the 2006 settlement thinking his sworn deposition would one day be made public.

“It would be terribly embarrassing for this material to come out,” he said.

Unseal this shit and embarrass the hell out of this decrepit piece of shit, frankly. Since he’s not going to be thrown behind bars for the rest of his miserable life like he should be, having people know the truth about his disgusting behavior is the very least retribution he deserves, so I’m with it.

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Janice Dickinson Is Suing Bill Cosby For Being A Liar & A Rapist

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I didn’t cover the story last week of Bill Cosby doing an interview about all the rapes he’s committed and making ZERO sense (as well as not denying it, because, well, at this point, how could he?), but I AM reporting on the fact that Janice Dickinson is suing his creepy ass for defamation.

In case you forgot, late last year, Janice revealed that she’d been raped by Cosby back in the ’80s, a claim which Cosby’s team, of course, vehemently denied at the time. And while the statute of limitations won’t allow her to bring charges against him for the “alleged” (I say alleged because I have to, not because I don’t believe her or the dozens of other victims), she CAN bring charges against him for calling her a liar, and that’s what she’s going to do.

From TMZ:

Janice Dickinson has just sued Bill Cosby, claiming he flat-out lied when his team claimed she made up the story that he drugged and raped her.

Dickinson has said Cosby drugged her in Lake Tahoe in 1982 and then when she was unconscious, penetrated her vaginally and anally. Janice took a pic of Cosby in a robe in the room where she claims the rape occurred.

The statute of limitations has long since run, but Dickinson says she has a fresh claim after Cosby’s team released a statement saying she had fabricated the story.

So now Dickinson is suing Cosby for defamation and emotional distress. In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ, she’s asking for unspecified damages.

It’s a small consolation either way, but the fact that Cosby is still sitting pretty, getting away with countless assaults is just… absolutely disgusting to me, to say the least. Has he been proven guilty in a court of law? No, so obviously he’s not in jail. But that doesn’t mean he’s not guilty – people get away with crimes all the time, especially when they’re in positions of power. It’s not a new concept, people.

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Chelsea Handler says Bill Cosby tried his sexual assault moves on her

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Bill Cosby is basically a known rapist now. Don’t give me the whole “innocent until proven guilty” lark – sure, in a court of law, that’s the case. But I don’t believe that dozens of women – including many famous women who have zero reason to make shit up – have conspired just to take an old man down. Sorry, not buying it. And now Chelsea Handler has added her voice to the chorus, revealing that about a decade ago, Bill nearly tried his drugging routine on her and thankfully she escaped.

From Esquire:

‘I was in Atlantic City playing, doing stand-up, and he was doing stand-up in Atlantic City in the same hotel, and at like three o’clock in the afternoon, someone from the hotel came down and said, “Oh, you know, Mr. Cosby would really like to meet you up in his hotel suite.” And I thought, That’s really weird. This was like ten years ago. And I said, That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone. I go, I don’t know him. So the three guys I was with—thank God these guys were with me. One was filming and one was like a producer; we were filming something—I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone. And I forgot about it when all the stories about Bill Cosby came out. I was like, I didn’t even think of it. Then my friend texted me the other day saying, “Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby’s and you were so freaked out you made us come with you?” And I said, Yeah, and he said, “Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.” And I went, “Oh my gosh …” Yeah, so yeah, he’s guilty.’

Why am I not surprised to hear this? Of course, Chelsea managed to avoid a potentially disastrous situation, which is great, but somehow I imagine we’ll be hearing more and more of these stories year after year. Of course, nothing will ever become of it since apparently it’s not worth prosecuting him over, but these women need to tell their stories and the truth about Cosby needs to be known.

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Bill Cosby won’t go away no matter how much you wish he would

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Bill Cosby has been accused of countless instances of rape, drugging and sexual assault at this point and seems to be thought no worse of by much of the public. He continues to tour and tell his bullshit rape “jokes”, he continues to walk free without being brought to trial, and he also continues to torture us by promising that his dirty old man ass anytime soon, no matter how much you wish he would.

You see, Bill is scheduled to perform in Louisiana tonight, and while he’s had to cancel a few of his other shows, this one will go on as normal, and he’s even issued a written statement confirming his intentions to keep his career going.

“Dear Fans: For 53 years you have given me your love, support, respect and trust. Thank you! I can’t wait to see your smiling faces and warm your hearts with a wonderful gift – LAUGHTER. I’m ready! I thank you, the theatre staff (Heymann Performing Arts Center), the event organizers and the Lafayette community for your continued support and coming to experience family, fun entertainment. Hey, hey, hey – I’m far from finished.” 

Is that a threat or a promise, Bill? I’m sure the theatre will be full of smiling, clapping, idiotic faces – because I’m sorry, you have to be an idiot (and that’s putting it kindly) to go out and enjoy a Bill Cosby comedy show at this point. There’s nothing funny about the things this man has done, sorry.

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Bill Cosby made a rape joke onstage and people loved it

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You would expect that someone who was the center of rather heated controversy involving serious sexual abuse, rape and drugging claims – especially if that someone claims that the accusations against him are absolute bullshit – would avoid associating himself with tasteless jokes about it, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. That’s right – Bill Cosby took the stage in Ontario, Canada on Thursday night in front of a sold out crowd, and during the show he apparently joked about drugging a woman in the audience. Classy!

Richard Warnica, who attended the show, live-tweeted the whole horrible thing. Here’s his words about the event in question:

Several people were kicked out of the venue and detained for filming the arrest of a man who was pulled out for shouting “You’re a rapist!” at Cosby. Mostly, though? People fucking loved it:

Wow. Don’t worry, everyone – rape culture is TOTALLY something made up in women’s heads and not a real, fucked up thing that’s happening EVERY SINGLE DAY. An accused rapist not only avoids prosecution, but MAKES A JOKE ABOUT RAPING WOMEN in front of a crowd full of people… and gets a standing ovation for it. Well done, shitty human beings.

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Phylicia Rashad says she was “misquoted”

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Today’s Side Eye once again goes to Phylicia Rashad, whose ignorance was on full display this week when she defended Bill Cosby by saying “forget those women” and claiming that there’s some organized effort to “dismantle” Bill’s legacy. Most of us were shocked that she could be so willfully ignorant, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. After all, Phylicia claims she was misquoted.

Unfortunately, her explanations don’t make her look any better. Here’s what she told ABC News:

“I am a woman. I would never say such a thing. I would never think such a thing,” she said. “My message is, what happens to a nation in which people knowingly and willfully disavow the tenets that describe the nation? … This is not about the women. This is about something else. This is about the obliteration of a legacy.”

Rashad would not speak about the women who have accused Cosby of rape, nor would she say discuss the things they said happened to them. But she did open up about the “kind” and “generous” man with whom she remains friendly.

“Speaking to the character of the man that I know, this has not been easy. This has not been easy at all but he’s not a coward,” she said. “I don’t know what he will do in that way but I know that he won’t be hiding. … He likes being around people too much and he respects people.”

I mean, look – like I said yesterday, I’m sympathetic to the fact that it must be incredibly difficult to believe that someone you have known for years would be capable of something so awful. But your inability to come to terms with it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, lady. And you DID say “forget those women”. Maybe it was without thinking – clearly it was without thinking – but obviously you’re more concerned with preserving your idea of Bill Cosby than you are about right and wrong.

That being said, I do agree with her about the innocent until proven guilty thing. I 150% think Bill Cosby is a serial rapist and sexual abuser of women, but I also couldn’t put him in jail for it without concrete evidence in a court of law. The problem here is that no one is going to try him, so basically he just “gets away with it”.

Video below, if you’re interested:

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Phylicia Rashad defends Bill Cosby: ‘Forget those women’

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Oh man, I think of all the Bill Cosby defenders, the one that hits me the hardest is this one. Phylicia Rashad, otherwise known as Clair Huxtable, thinks that the 20+ women accusing Bill of rape and sexual assault are all in some giant plot together to dismantle his legacy piece by piece. Why? She doesn’t know. Who’s behind it? Dunno that either. What’s the point? Shrug.

God help us all. Here’s what she said from Fox 411:

But knowing this she did say to me “I love him” about Bill Cosby. She stands defiantly behind him. She told me that in the years she’s known him, she has never seen the behavior alleged by the women who say they were drugged and raped, or sexually harassed.

“Forget these women,” Rashad said. “What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture.”

Rashad dismisses claims from both Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson. “Oh, please,” she said when their names came up. She also is quick to defend Camille Cosby. “This is a tough woman, a smart woman,” she told me. “She’s no pushover.” There is no question, Rashad said, that Camille Cosby has not been complicit or looked the other way as her husband terrorized women for the last 50 years.

She said, “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV,” alluding to people other than the women. “And it’s worked. All his contracts have been cancelled.”

LOL, okay. God, the amount of delusion is unbelievable. Is Bill Cosby legally innocent until proven guilty? Sure. But if he’s never going to face an actual trial to prove his guilt or innocence, do we just brush off what he potentially did to these women?

Frankly, who in the hell would decide now, when Bill is old as dirt, to try to dismantle his career? Why not during The Cosby Show’s run? Why not when it mattered the most to him? No one has an answer for that. I know that a certain amount of denial is normal when you don’t want to believe something – especially when it’s about someone you know well (or thought you did) and worked with for so many years. This is not a personal attack on Bill Cosby, though, Phylicia – it’s Bill that did the attacking.

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