It’s happening. Bill Cosby’s legacy that he worked so hard to build…is crumbling. And now he’s facing the consequences.
It’s been years of these sexual assault allegations coming out against Cosby, however these last few months have shone an unwanted spotlight on him, causing the entire world to speculate about Cosby’s sordid past and wonder how much reverence should we still have for this man? Shows are being cancelled, appearances denied and endorsement deals are fading.
So far, Cosby has lost NBC and Netflix deals, resigned from Temple University’s Board of Trustees and has been asked to step down from UMass-Amherst’s fundraising committee. As many as 18 women have come forward in accusing Cosby. His life…his legacy will never be the same.
Here’s a few of the latest Cosby headlines that prove he’s in the midst of dealing with the consequences of the alleged actions of his past:
Billy Cosby has claimed quite the number of accolades over the years, including a title from the U.S. Navy as an honorary chief petty officer. But the navy wants their title back. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Stevens announced the news on Thursday (Dec. 4) that the recent sexual assault allegations conflict with the Navy’s core values. Cosby enlisted in the navy in 1956 and served as the hospital corpsman for four years before he was honorably discharged in 1960 as a Third Class Petty Officer. In 2011, his title was given back to him, only to be striped away again this year.
He’s mostly been silent as these troubles mount, but this week he sent tweets of appreciation to Whoopi Goldberg and Jill Scott, who both expressed their support for him. And now, he’s broken his silence even more and is countersuing Judith Huth, the 55-year-old woman who claimed the Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 15 at the Playboy mansion. Cosby’s suit alleges that Judith and her lawyers attempted extortion, as Cosby’s team claims Judith’s lawyer, Marc Strecker demanded $100,000 (they later raised the ask to $250,00) to stop their case from going public. Cosby’s lawyer revealed that Huth unsuccessfully tried to sell her story to tabloid years ago.
Judith is one of many women who have come out against Cosby, but she’s the first to claim she was abused as a minor and the first full-blown suit that seeks punitive damages for “severe and extreme emotional distress.” Before I go on to say anything else about Judith’s lawsuit, let me say this: It’s pretty disgusting that in his attempt to defend Cosby, his legal team is attempting to come off as the injured party when over a dozen women have the same encounters with him in the past. Salon says, “The harder he hits back, the more forcefully he tries to wrest control of the story from those who question him, the more entitled and petulant he appears.”
Someone wrote the word “rapist” on Bill Cosby’s star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, no really. It was discovered on Friday Dec. 5th that Cosby’s star had been vandalized. The star has since been cleaned, but you can see remnants of the word scrawled on the star.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement to BuzzFeed News:
“The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an institution celebrating the positive contributions of the inductees. When people are unhappy with one of our honorees, we would hope that they would project their anger in more positive ways then to vandalize a California State landmark. The star is being cleaned up at this time.”
It’s tough to watch Cosby’s star fade in such a heartening way. What an ugly web of misused power, victims and speculations!
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