Bill Cosby: Guilty!

In Norristown, PA today, Bill Cosby was found guilty on three counts of Aggravated Indecent Assault in a Montgomery County courtroom. He was found guilty specifically of a January 2004 assault of Andrea Constand, a Temple University employee, who claims Cosby gave her three blue pills and a sip of wine. She awoke to find Cosby digitally penetrating and groping her, forcing her hand on his penis, according to her testimony.

Five other women testified at the trial corroborating similar stories of being drugged by Cosby, including model Janice Dickenson. All but one claimed they were sexually assaulted by Cosby after being drugged. Entered into evidence was a deposition of Bill Cosby taken between 2005–2006 where he admitted having given women Quaaludes for the purpose of having sex.

“Q: You gave them to other people?

A: Yes.

Q: Did you believe at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?

A: Yes.

Q: How did (the doctor) know that you didn’t plan to use [them]?

A: What was happening at that time was that, that was, Quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.

Q: When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?

A: Yes.

In the deposition Cosby acknowledged having sex with several other women after giving them drugs and sometimes making cash payments through Educational Trusts from his foundation or otherwise. It is fair to mention that the deposition was never intended to be made public and that Cosby’s understanding is that it never would be. It was a condition of a settlement he might not have agreed to had he known the testimony would ever see the light of day.

By August of 2016, 60 women had come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault… 60. There are those who claim this was all a set up to bring down a powerful black man who was rumored to be attempting to buy NBC. There are those that claim “all the women are lying” in an attempt to make a name for themselves or get paid.” Some say, “it’s all a conspiracy.”

I think we can all agree that it’s sad that a man of Cosby’s age and poor health is looking at possibly spending the rest of his life in prison. Each of the three counts he was found guilty of carries up to a 10-year-sentence which if added together would be thirty years, Cosby is presently 80-years old. Cosby’s lawyers promised an appeal and it’s very possible he could fight the case until his death and never serve a day of time? But poor health is not the same as not guilty.

I’m thinking of a 71-year-old white man who has been accused by 19 different women of sexual abuse and in at least one case… child rape. Many that like Cosby but dislike this man would have no problem finding the other man guilty based on the combined weight of credible testimony. That man has made separate payments of $150,000 and $130,000 to keep his dalliances quiet and a recent raid of his lawyer’s office may reveal many more. If you would see the white man that you dislike strung up for his crimes, what then of Cosby whom you once admired? 60 women!

I grew up idolizing Bill Cosby, more so as a serious actor for his groundbreaking role in, “I Spy,” which was already in re-runs when I discovered it. I liked him as a comedian and for what I knew of him as a man. Yes, it’s true that people are using this case and Cosby’s conviction to advance their own purposes and careers. Some may be looking to make some money off of Cosby’s ordeal. These things being true have nothing to do with Cosby’s guilt or innocence.

By his own words, Cosby gave young women drugs for the purpose of having sex, with them often not knowing what they were. The piper was a long time in coming, but must be paid!

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