Bill Cosby To Stand Trial On Sex Assault Charges

CNN reports:

More than a decade after he was first accused of sexual misconduct, Bill Cosby will go to trial. A Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence during a hearing Tuesday to proceed with a criminal trial. It’s not clear when his trial will start.

Cosby faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. She was the first of more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.

If convicted, Cosby could face up to 30 years in prison. Cosby’s defense attorney slammed the decision to move forward with a trial.

“The evidence presented today was evidence of nothing. They had 12 years to bring an accuser to confront Mr. Cosby. They chose not to,” defense attorney Brian McMonagle said.

  • But will he go to jail?

    • If convicted? It’s possible.

      • Rich people and celebs always seem to get off…I think these women deserve some justice so I hope he goes.

        • djcoastermark

          Settle out of court usually works somehow in these cases. Don’t know how they do ti.

        • I hope so, too. He got away with multiple instances of rape and sexual assault for far, far too long.

        • Todd20036

          It’s not the rich or the celeb part, it’s the aged part.

          Even if he goes to jail, it will be a country club jail

    • another_steve

      Even if found guilty, I doubt it.

      Perhaps he’ll be ordered to make financial restitution to the women, but I’d be surprised if he’s sentenced to prison.

  • AtticusP

    What a shame.

    I think I owned all of the Coz’s LP’s when I was growing up, and his Noah routine remains one of my all-time favorites.

    What a pity to ruin other lives and one’s own just to gratify a physical need.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      *Physical want

      • AtticusP

        True.

        But in some people, the dick wants what the dick wants.

        And confuses it with need.

    • tcinsf

      zhoopa, zhoopa!

    • saucetin

      Rape isn’t about sex so much as it is about domination / power.

      • Todd20036

        agreed. One rapes to control, not for the orgasm

    • B Snow

      As kids, we used to laugh ourselves crazy at his 59th Street Bridge routine. His entire legacy is tainted now.

  • HZ81

    And another part of my childhood gets murdered and buried in a field, right next to Star Wars. RIP Cosby Show.

    And fuck you, Bill Cosby. Rapist asshole shit-bag fuckstick asswipe rapist asshole.

    • CPT_Doom

      In addition to the women who have clearly been victimized by Cosby, I feel really bad for his Cosby Show costars. Not only are they in the difficult position of having to choose between defending or denouncing a man they respected and admired, they also face a real loss of income because the show is now unplayable on TV. Just add them to the damage he’s caused.

      • HZ81

        This serial rapist fucked a lot of lives over, for sure.

        Dr. Huxtable was a serial rapist throughout the show’s ’80s glory. Boggles the mind.

        • Robincho

          It’s called acting. Look at Obama, yucking it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner when at that very moment a batch of Navy Seals were taking out Bin Laden. His mind was SO not on what was happening at the Hilton then, but you woulda never knowed it…

      • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

        His Cosby show co-stars act like they’re terrified of him. All these years later he’s got them under his thumb.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Honestly, I’ve never liked Bill Cosby or the Cosby Show. His treatment of Lisa Bonet skeeved me the fuck out before I knew he was a rapist. The way he treated the other actors on his show was waaaay too controlling, patriarchal, and totally unprofessional. Ditto about how he treated the writers and crew behind the scenes. And if you listen to his early 60’s comedy routines he brags about doing things that in hindsight of the serial rapes are especially unsettling.

      • HZ81

        I do remember some of the Lisa Bonet “How dare she appear nude in a movie” bullshit. Like many a moralist, he has a profound dark side. Unlike many a moralist, he’s also a serial rapist.

        God, what a piece of garbage. And yes those routines in hindsight… Illuminating.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        What you say reminds me of the guy who finally got busted for the Grim Sleeper killings in Los Angeles. It talks about the factors surrounding how he got away with it for so long: the police did not see it as a priority, neighbors thought he was kinda weird but not serial killer weird, etc. Interesting though depressing.

        https://youtu.be/MstyogP10kc

        • debra

          I just watched this. Thanks for the link.

    • Todd20036

      For me, it was Fat Albert. Loved that show for awhile

  • another_steve

    If it were just one woman making the allegation against him, I’d say, “Maybe it’s true. Maybe not.” Two women would tend to make the allegations more likely to be true.

    But scores of women?

    Looks very bad for Mr. Cosby indeed.

    • BostonDotTom

      It’s hard to say how often it’s untrue when it’s one woman. Best estimates suggest about 8% of the time. And these estimates include women who recanted, without including why. That includes withdrawing charges because there’s no physical evidence, not that it’s outright false.

      So when it’s one woman? It’s usually true. Two women is a near certainty.

      Of course, considering it’s probably about 4-6% of the population that is actually committing these crimes, the sad truth is that their victims are usually in the “scores”. 🙁

  • Good. This will keep popcorn stocks soaring after the election.

    • Octavio

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      • 2karmanot

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        • Octavio

          You’re so bad. I really enjoy your posts. 🙂

      • LOL,R,ID! (Laughed Out Loud, Really, I Did!)

  • 2karmanot

    At last….some good news

  • The real shame is there were women reporting this stuff dating back to the 1960s, when Cosby’s star as a stand-up comedian and soon TV and movie actor really began to rise.

    As with Atticus in the other comment, my friends and I must’ve listened to that Noah routine dozens of times and could recite it just about word-for-word.

    However, there was another bit from his “It’s True, It’s True” album in which he goes on about a fascination with Spanish Fly — the mythological drug which would make women compliant and basically rape-able (i.e., incapable of giving informed consent). I’m not going to link to it because that bit is easy to find and has been reported on a number of times. There was also apparently a story about how when Cosby and Robert Culp were filming I, Spy in Spain, he tried very hard to find this drug. Failed of course, because it doesn’t exist…but apparently Cosby eventually learned a large enough dose of Quaaludes would accomplish what he needed.

    Basically, lots of people knew Cosby had a very specific sexual obsession with making women helpless, and then molesting or raping them. And said nothing. Many women victimized by him over the decades said nothing, because the sad fact is the majority of sexual assaults are never reported. Those few who did say something were dismissed or bought off in exchange for silence.

    The fact there were DOZENS of women with similar stories…it’s no coincidence. I hope he’s convicted and spends his remaining years behind prison bars.

    • AtticusP

      Thanks for this post, Becca. I never knew a lot of that.

      He was one of my heroes growing up. This whole thing came to me like a bolt out of the blue, and I still have a hard time wrapping my head around it.

      But when it all comes down to it, Shakespeare: “…what fools these mortals be!”

      • Got that right. Like I said, I didn’t want to link to the video of that bit, in part because the album cover is his face. But there’s some additional info about his ‘Spanish Fly’ routine here:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s_True!_It%27s_True!

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          • Dave_in_PDX

            Reported Again!

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    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Agree, but I’ve always wondered why anyone ever thought Spanish Fly would affect women. From what I’ve read, Spanish Fly supposedly would work somewhat like Viagra, by dilating blood vessels or improving circulation in the naughty bits. It has no effect on women. But it can be fatal in large enough doses.

      http://io9.gizmodo.com/5983275/why-spanish-fly-only-works-on-men–and-is-deadly

    • Circle Thomas

      So does that mean we’re going to have wait twenty years before everyone stops tip-toeing around Louis CK and his sexual harassment of female comics?

      • saucetin

        You mean T.J. Miller.

        • BostonDotTom

          Quick, someone verify which one of these two guys it is.

          Because Louis CK would be a gut punch.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I’m constantly surprised he didn’t give someone an overdose and ended up with a dead body on his hands.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      One of these internet radio stations used to play Cosby’s early stand-up routines. One of his routines he talked about how much he loved being a newlywed because his wife was a devout Catholic who believed in submitting to her husband’s sexual advances whether she wanted to or not. I remember thinking, “Ewwwwwwww!” long before he was outed as a rapist.

  • RainbowPhoenix

    About damn time.

  • anne marie in philly

    this courthouse is about 3 miles from my home…cue the tv news helicopters overhead…

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Dude’s house is by my home. Not even sure where, just know it’s near here. Don’t want to know where it is. Really don’t want to think about it. Bad enough I work at his alma mater, which lauded him to no end (and still does until proven guilty, blah, blah, blah.) Met him, even to shake his hand. And now, Silkwood didn’t come close to that hand’s shower.

  • Michael Rush
    • Stubenville

      Orange is the new black. Just ask Martha Stewart.

      • Robincho

        Just ask Boehner and Obama… 😉

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I never liked Cosby and I don’t have one ounce of sympathy for him as regards his legal trouble.

  • Prion

  • Essus

    The long arm of justice? Let’s hope that this mill grinds the grist extra finely.

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  • thatotherjean

    I hate this. I hate it. I can still recite a bunch of Cosby comedy routines, dating back to the ’60’s. He–at least in his public persona–was one of my favorite comedians for decades. And over the past months, Bill Cosby has been revealed as a predatory abuser of young women, a multiple rapist, a liar, and a fraud. I’m sorry for my own shattered illusions, and those of his many fans; but I feel terrible for his victims—and his wife. I hope he spends a lot of time in prison.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Some of his comedy routines in the 60’s were super skeezy. The one about being a newlywed and his wife’s “submission” and the spanish fly one. Crreeeeppppyyy.

      • thatotherjean

        This is true. And some others were very, very funny.

  • Paula

    No woman deserves to be treated like this. This case makes me extra angry because the woman is Lesbian. Somehow, that makes it even worse. This is an extra level of violation that she experienced. I hope they fry his ass.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Very small conciliation so far but he’s lost about 43 honorary degrees given to him. Already, academe has turned on him. Others will hopefully follow suit.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      ” This case makes me extra angry because the woman is Lesbian. Somehow, that makes it even worse. This is an extra level of violation that she experienced.”

      Okay, that statement right there is super fucked up. Just because a woman is straight does not mean that a guy raping her is less traumatic or less unwanted than if she were a lesbian.

      • Joseph Miceli

        It is how she feels. There’s no need to play the “oppression Olympics.” You aren’t seriously telling her that she feels “wrong?”

        • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

          She can feel however she wants and I can feel that it’s super fucked up.

  • Tina CRACKA Vane

    his tribe must be pissed the fuck off as they were with R kelly and OJ … whitey trying to keep da black man’z down …

    • Silver Badger

      Flagged
      Your comment is racist, crass and totally uncalled for. You will be more comfortable on Yahoo or one of the bigot sites. .

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      ……and….

      Flagged.

    • LAguy323

      This isn’t about race or skin color. Cos is a man accused of rape by dozens of women.

    • Go away Trump troll. We do not need Trump supporters spreading more of their bigoted ignorance here. (honestly, can’t they find somewhere else to vomit thier comments?

  • David From Canada

    Ain’t it a shame. Bill Cosby has become the dirty old man that all of our mothers warned us about.

  • LAguy323

    uh oh

  • Gordon.

    After all these many years, where’s the proof ? Without evidence, it’s just, “He said. She said.”

    • Stubenville

      I believe he admitted committing the crime in a deposition on another case. He had assurances from the prior DA (but nothing in writing) that he wouldn’t be prosecuted and the deposition would be sealed. Oops.

  • GanymedeRenard

    I don’t mean to be punctilious, but this is gay-related news exactly how?

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  • Glen

    He is of course innocent until proven guilty.