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Bill Cosby goes on trial, his freedom and legacy at stake

PENNSYLVANIA, United States — Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago, with a prosecutor warning the jury not to fall into the trap of confusing the 79-year-old comedian with the beloved family man he played on TV.

Cosby used his power and fame to violate an employee of Temple University’s basketball program, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden said in her opening statement. The TV star previously admitted under oath that he gave Andrea Constand pills and touched her genitals as she lay on his couch, the prosecutor said.

“She couldn’t say no,” Feden said. “She can’t move, she can’t talk. Completely paralyzed. Frozen. Lifeless.”

Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle immediately attacked what he said were inconsistencies in Constand’s story, disputed that Constand was incapacitated, and made the case that she and Cosby, who was married, had a romantic relationship. McMonagle said Cosby gave her the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl only after she complained she couldn’t sleep.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP/Matt Rourke)

McMonagle said that Constand changed the date of the encounter from mid-March to mid-January of 2004. And he said Constand initially told police that she and Cosby had never spoken after the encounter, when, in fact, phone records show the two spoke 72 times after mid-January — and two-thirds of the calls were initiated by Constand.

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He could get 10 years in prison if convicted.

Cosby’s wife, Camille, was absent as the TV star, using a wooden cane, hobbled past dozens of cameras into the courthouse. He chatted with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his daughter Rudy on the top-rated “Cosby Show,” as they walked together.

Cosby smiled, but said nothing when someone asked how he was feeling.

Constand, 44, of the Toronto area, is expected to take the stand this week and tell her story in public for the first time. Feden said a woman who claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her in a similar fashion in 1996 will also testify.

Cosby built a good-guy reputation as a father and family man, on screen and off, during his extraordinary 50-year career in entertainment. He created TV characters, most notably Dr. Cliff Huxtable, with crossover appeal among blacks and whites alike. His TV shows, films and comedy tours earned him an estimated $400 million.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial with actress Keshia Knight Pulliam, right, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania on Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Then a deposition, unsealed in 2015 in a lawsuit brought by Constand, revealed an unsavory private life marked by a long history of extramarital liaisons with young women. Dozens of women came forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.

The statute of limitations for prosecuting Cosby had run out in nearly every case. This is the only one to result in criminal charges against the comic.

Feden told jurors that celebrities like Cosby are seen as “larger than life.”

“We think we really know them,” she said. “In reality, we only have a glimpse of who they really are.”

Prosecutors had wanted to call as many as 13 of Cosby’s more than 60 accusers as witnesses, but Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill ruled that only Constand and the one other woman could take the stand.

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who showed up for the first day of the trial, told reporters she is hopeful “there will be justice in this case.”

In this combination of file photos, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during an interview in Washington on Nov. 6, 2014, and Andrea Constand poses for a photo in Toronto on Aug. 1, 1987. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Ron Bull/Toronto Star/The Canadian Press via AP, right)

Allred represents several of Cosby’s accusers, including a woman who worked for the comedian’s agent at the William Morris agency. She will be the only other accuser allowed to testify for the prosecution.

“I’m not going to predict what the outcome is,” Allred said. “We’ll see what the evidence is. But this case is not going to be decided on optics, it’s going to be decided on the evidence, and finally, it’s Mr. Cosby who’s going to have to face that evidence and confront the accusers who are against him.”

Constand filed a police complaint in 2005 over the night of a year earlier, when, she says, Cosby drugged her and put his hand down her pants.

The district attorney at the time said the case was too weak to prosecute. But a new set of prosecutors charged Cosby a year and a half ago, after the deposition became public and numerous women came forward.

In one of the more explosive disclosures in the deposition, Cosby said he had obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women before sex.

In this Thursday, May 2, 2002 file photo, members of Bill Cosby's television family, the Huxtables, gather in NBC's Today show studio for an interview with co-host Katie Couric, in New York. From left are Sabrina Le Beauf, Tempest Bledsoe, Cosby, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Phylicia Rashad, Raven Symone and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

On Monday, McMonagle suggested Constand and the other accuser set to testify were seeking payouts over the allegations. And he told jurors that Cosby apologized to Constand’s mother in a phone call the year after the encounter not because he had assaulted her, but to say, “I’m sorry, I’m a married man, and I never should have done it.”

Cosby’s lawyers tried repeatedly to get the case thrown out. They said Cosby testified in the lawsuit only after being promised he could never be charged. And they argued that the delayed prosecution makes the case impossible to defend, given that witnesses have died, memories have faded and Cosby, they say, is blind.

The AP does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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Ex-Illuminati Member Confirms They FRAMED Bill Cosby With Fake Rape Allegations To Stop Him From Buying NBC

Ex-Illuminati member says Bill Cosby is under massive attack by the feared Illuminati. The vilest conceivable claims are being made against him. Who would want to operate under such a burden, especially a person in the public eye? The accusers are women who have worked with the Illuminati in the past and were paid to wildly state they are all victims of rape.

The spewers of this hate are all fabricators. Moreover, without exception they are suppose “victims” of Bill Cosby. Moreover, what extreme hate they are spewing, all under the guise of righteous indignation, all under the protection of the Illuminati who already control a large portion of the global media from the music industry to television.

It should be noted that Whoopi Goldberg has defended Mr. Cosby, asking for hard evidence of the claims. Few if any others have done so, upholding the false witnesses or at least showing sympathy, tolerating their claims. All these so called “victims are paid large amounts of money to make this wild and outrageous claims about Bill Cosby” say Ex-Illuminati member. Bu why? And why make this allegations now? Ex-Illuminati member tells says Bill Cosby, NBC’s biggest star of the 80’s, was trying to buy the television network from its current owner, the General Electric Company.

Norman Brokaw, the chief executive of the William Morris Agency and Mr. Cosby’s personal agent for 30 years, confirmed yesterday that he had discussed Mr. Cosby’s intention to make an offer for NBC with Robert C. Wright, the network’s president. Illuminati leader who control NBC would lose power of the television company if Bill Cosby purchased it the only way to stop the putchase was to ruin Bill Cosby and they started with fake rape allegations.

With no hard evidence the Illuminati had succeeded and destroyed Bill Cosby’s image. Only one woman has came forward a Wilhelmina Model and she admitted being paid to destroy Bill’s reputation.

Defamation case against Bill Cosby dismissed

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Bill Cosby won a legal battle against one of his accusers Thursday, an event so rare lately that he tweeted about his legal woes for the first time since December 2015.

A federal judge in Massachusetts dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against Cosby by accuser Katherine McKee, ruling that she had no legal basis to claim the comedian defamed her by defending himself against her accusations.

Cosby was so pleased he tweeted the dismissal order, his first in more than a year responding to developments in his ongoing legal battles, including the criminal charges he’s facing in suburban Philadelphia over a 13-year-old encounter.

Cosby has said virtually nothing in public since the rush of allegations against him began in the fall of 2014. His Twitter account shows his last post was a thank you to friends and fans, in December 2015. He started posting again in January of this year but only about civil rights history and heroes. Until Thursday.

McKee, one of some 60 women who have accused Cosby of drugging and/or sexually assaulting them in episodes dating back decades, came forward in late 2014 along with other women, claiming her friend of eight years had raped her in a hotel room in the 1970s.

When Cosby and his lawyers denied these and other accusations, some of the accusers sued him in civil court in several states for defamation, asserting that he and his team had suggested they were liars and extortionists by saying he didn’t do it.

“An accused person cannot be foreclosed … from considering the issuance of a simple and unequivocal denial — free from overall defamatory triggers or contextual themes. In the court’s view, such a situation would be inconsistent with basic First Amendment principles,” wrote U.S. District Judge Mark Mastroianni.

“It is paramount in a free society to be able to insist on one’s innocence in the face of serious public accusations, and today’s ruling reinforces that fundamental right,” said Cosby’s current lawyer, Angela  Agrusa, in an emailed statement to USA TODAY.

McKee’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment, according to the Associated Press.

This marks the third defamation lawsuit against Cosby that was either withdrawn or dismissed recently, prompting some Cosby crowing. However, another defamation case against him, filed by six accusers, is still pending in the same federal court in Massachusetts.

“Today’s ruling joins a growing list of dismissals of actions against Mr. Cosby,” the Agrusa statement said. “These decisions should also pave the way to the final dismissal of the remaining civil actions pending against Mr. Cosby,” including one brought by former model and reality TV personality Janice Dickinson in California.

But Cosby’s most serious legal problems are far from over. He has been fighting for more than a year state criminal charges of aggravated indecent sexual assault in connection with a 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home with a Temple University employee. She says he drugged her and molested her; he says it was consensual.

Since the charges were filed in December 2015, Cosby has been repeatedly thwarted in his efforts to get the case dismissed and to prevent some of the other women who have accused him from testifying against him at his trial, scheduled for this summer.

Currently, his lawyers are trying to get the case moved to a different venue due to pretrial publicity. Another pretrial motions hearing is scheduled for Feb. 27.

The Reckoning Of Bill Cosby: A Comprehensive Timeline

The sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby span three generations, four decades, and thousands of miles. When Lyndon B. Johnson was in the White House, Cosby allegedly spiked a 22-year-old woman’s bourbon and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him; the year Barack Obama was first sworn in as president, Cosby allegedly drugged and assaulted a teenager who regained consciousness in a room at the Playboy Mansion to find Cosby’s mouth around her toes. In the 43 years in between, nearly 60 women claim, Cosby repeated the pattern over and over and over again, leaving legions of traumatized — and, until recently, largely ignored — victims in his wake.
Reading the litany of Cosby accusations can almost start to feel like playing some stomach-churning game of Clue, where instead of choosing a suspect, murder weapon, and room, you fill in the blanks with a vulnerable woman (aspiring model, auditioning actress, young writer), a substance (two white pills, a spiked Coca-Cola, wine she tried to decline) and a secluded location (hotel suite, dressing room, one of Cosby’s homes). As stunning as the sexual assault allegations were when they first surfaced in 2005, even more striking is how quickly they faded from mainstream view — how eager the public was, it seems, to get on with things, to go back to loving Cliff Huxtable.
Andrea Constand, the former Temple University administrator who filed a civil suit against Cosby in 2005, settled her case at the end of 2006. But weeks before that case even settled, Cosby was inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, where he was honored as “a true humanitarian and role model.” (Constand is currently fighting the only criminal case against Cosby. If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison.) Less than three years later, Cosby was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
From the end of 2009 to mid-October 2014 —comedian Hannibal Buress’ stand-up set seen ‘round the internet was posted online on October 17 — only two major publications covered the assault allegations. In February 2014, Gawker asked, “Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” Three days later, Newsweek ran an interview with accuser Tamara Green. And then, until October, nothing — nothing, that is, except Netflix announcing plans to release the stand-up comedy film Bill Cosby 77 and the publication of Mark Whitaker’s Cosby: His Life and Times, which, in its almost 500 pages, failed to address the allegations at all.
What follows is a comprehensive timeline of the allegations against and cultural conversation around Cosby, starting from 2000, with the first woman to file a police report about his sexual misconduct, through the present day. We will continue to update this story as the civil cases against Cosby move forward and the criminal case against him goes to trial.

Cosby at the Jell-O Museum in LeRoy, N.Y., on Tuesday, June 8, 2004. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/DAVID DUPREY | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
January 28, 2000
Lachele Covington files a police report claiming Cosby, who offered her career advice over dinner at his New York townhouse, “put her hand under his t-shirt and guided it south toward his sweatpants.” The New York Post later reports that Covington, 20, says she pulled her hand away and told Cosby she was leaving, to which he replied, “Fine.”
The police do not question or charge Cosby, having determined that every act until Covington pulled her hand away was consensual.
Covington, an actress, had appeared on Cosby’s CBS show, Cosby, but only in non-speaking roles.
A March issue of the National Enquirer quotes Covington’s relatives as saying Cosby actually grabbed Covington’s breasts, was “trying to put his hand down her pants and exposing himself.” Her father says she “ran out of the house. She was traumatized and didn’t even tell her mother for two days.”
Cosby’s spokesperson, David Brakow, tells the Post, “The story is not true. It did not happen. Mr. Cosby was not contacted by the police and the first he learned about this was from the National Enquirer.”
December 2001
Andrea Constand begins work at Temple University as the director of basketball operations.
That winter, according to her Montgomery County police interview from 2005, Constand meets Bill Cosby for the first time at a women’s basketball game at the Liacouras Center. He proceeds to call her for the next few months to discuss, among other things, locker room renovations. He also provides her with his home phone number (for his Cheltenham residence, outside of Philadelphia); she gives him her personal cell phone number.
The first time she eats dinner at his home, Constand later told police, “he reached over and touched my waist and my inner thigh.”
Over the next few years, he invites her to dinner at his home several times. They speak “occasionally” by phone.
June 21, 2002
President George W. Bush awards Cosby the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In his statement, Bush commends The Cosby Show, which “revolutionized the portrayal of African Americans on television.”
September 21, 2003
At the Emmys, Cosby receives the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
January 2004
Cosby invites Constand to dinner at his Cheltenham home, telling her they can discuss her plans to change careers. Constand alleges that, at this dinner, Cosby sexually assaulted her.
According to Constand, though she tells Cosby she does not want to drink because she hasn’t eaten, he insists she drink wine. He offers her three pills that “will make you feel good.” She asks if they are herbal; he says yes. (In his interview with the police, Cosby maintains that he gave Constand one-and-a-half Benadryl pills.)
After taking the pills and drinking some wine, Constand starts to have blurred vision. Cosby tells her to lie down on the sofa. As she later described to police:
“I got scared. I thought I was having a bad reaction to something. I had no strength in my legs. They felt rubbery and like jelly. I was a little spacy. Everything was blurry and dizzy. I felt nauseous. I remember that I couldn’t keep my eyes open… He said, ‘I’m going to help you relax.’… This was the last thing I remember.”
Constand says Cosby “positioned himself” behind her.
“I was aware that his hands were on my breasts [and] that his hands were in my pants and that his fingers were in my vagina… I also remember him taking my right hand and placing my hand on his penis [which was] erect [and] exposed… I was unable to move my body. I was pretty much frozen.”
When she comes to, Constand says, her bra is undone and her sweater is bunched. It is 4:00 in the morning. Cosby, wearing a robe, offers her a muffin and lets her out the front door.
March 31, 2004
Constand leaves her job at Temple University.
May 2004
Cosby speaks at an NAACP event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. His remarks berate black Americans for blaming racism for their problems, giving their children “names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap,” and dressing “with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack.”
His infamous address will become known as the “Pound Cake Speech” and will, in 2015, be cited by Judge Eduardo Roberno, who unseals Cosby’s deposition from 2005. Speeches like this one, the judge contended, prove that Cosby purported to be a “public moralist,” which diminished his right to privacy. As Roberno would go on to write:
“The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest.”

Cosby at Compton High School on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/REED SAXON | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
January 13, 2005
Constand tells her mother about the alleged assault. This is the first time Constand talks to anyone about what happened because of, as she later told Montgomery County police, “concern about my job,” “an element of fear,” and “some emotional distress.”
That same day, Constand reports the alleged assault to the police in Durham Region, Ontario.
January 16, 2005
Constand’s mother speaks with Cosby by phone. According to Constand, Cosby “admitted to all the things that occurred” and apologizes to both Constand and her mother.
January 22, 2005
Constand is interviewed by Montgomery County police. She describes, in detail, her relationship with Cosby and her memory of the sexual assault.
January 26, 2005
Cosby is interviewed by the Cheltenham Township police department. He describes his sexual encounter with Constand as consensual.
February 10, 2005
Tamara Green, a California lawyer, appears on the Today show and accuses Cosby of sexually assaulting her in the 1970s. She says that, at a working lunch, Cosby gave her two pills he described as cold medicine. Half an hour after taking them, she said, “I was almost literally face down on the table of this restaurant.”
Green alleges Cosby took her back to her apartment.
The center of my being understood that he had gone from helping me to groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me and you know, taking off my clothes… I actually told him that he would have to kill me, that if he didn’t kill me and he tried to rape me, it was going to go very badly. And I was furious and I’m throwing things around. So he, you know, I guess it was inconvenient at that point, I had not been crushed successfully into submission and he left two $100 bills on my coffee table and he left my apartment.

Tamara Green on the Today show on Feb. 10, 2005. CREDIT: SCREENSHOT VIA TODAY
She explains why she did not come forward before:
The first thing you feel is stupid, and then you feel that no one will believe you. This is the great Bill Cosby, he has tremendous wealth, power, a P.R. machine, a reputation, he is Mr. Jell-O, but the worst thing you feel is stupid. There’s a shame element involved.
She also says, “If I am the only other victim besides the present victim then that’s two too many.”
Through a lawyer, Cosby issues a statement responding to Green’s allegations:
“Miss Green’s allegations are absolutely false. Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or Tamara Lucier [her maiden name] and the incident she describes did not happen. The fact that she may have repeated this story to others is not corroboration.”
February 17, 2005
Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor announces he will not pursue criminal charges against Cosby.
Castor says he “finds insufficient, credible and admissible evidence exists upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt.”
February 21, 2005
Beth Ferrier, who will go on to be Jane Doe No. 5 in Constand’s civil suit against Cosby, wants to go public with her allegations in the National Enquirer. She is interviewed by Enquirer reporter Robin Mizrahi and goes so far as to undergo a lie detector test, which Mizrahi would later say Ferrier passed “with flying colors.”

Beth Ferrier speaks during a news conference at the offices of attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/DAMIAN DOVARGANES
But according to Mizrahi, her Enquirer editors killed the Ferrier story because Cosby’s lawyers threatened to sue.
In exchange for killing the Ferrier piece, Cosby gives an exclusive interview to the Enquirer. He denies all the allegations against him and, in reference to Constand, says “I am not going to give in to people who try to exploit my celebrity status.”
March 8, 2005
Constand files a civil lawsuit against Cosby. Her lawsuit charges Cosby with battery, assault, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She seeks a minimum of $150,000 in damages for each of the five counts.
Thirteen women, all of whom allege assaults similar in nature to those described by Constand and Green, are referenced as Jane Doe witnesses in court documents.
June 23, 2005
Ferrier (Jane Doe No. 5) reveals her identity in the Philadelphia Daily News. She says that, in the mid 1980s after ending a months-long consensual relationship with Cosby, she was drugged by Cosby when she saw him before a performance in Denver.
“I woke up and I was in the back of my car all alone,” she said. “My clothes were a mess. My bra was undone. My top was untucked. And I’m sitting there going, ‘Oh my God. Where am I? What’s going on?’ I was so out of it. It was just awful.”
Ferrier says she later confronted Cosby at his hotel; he told her that she “just had too much to drink.”
September 29, 2005
Cosby is deposed in the Constand case. In this deposition, which will remain sealed until 2015, he admits on the record to obtaining drugs for women with whom he wanted to have sex.
Cosby speaks at the University of the District of Columbia on May 16, 2006. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/LAWRENCE JACKSON, FILE | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
February 1, 2006
Constand sues the National Enquirer and Marty Singer, Cosby’s attorney. She alleges they are responsible for defaming her, libeling her, and invading her privacy.
June 9, 2006
Barbara Bowman, a Jane Doe, is interviewed for a Philadelphia magazine story, “Dr. Huxtable & Mr. Hyde.” That November, she grants Philadelphia an extended interview in which she details her allegations against Cosby. She was a teenager aspiring to be an actress in 1985 or 1986 when she met him. She believes he drugged her once at his brownstone in New York and says he assaulted her in an Atlantic City hotel room:
“Cosby threw me on the bed and braced his forearm against my neck and attempted to disrobe me and himself — I can still remember him messing with his belt. And I was screaming and crying and yelling and begging him to stop.
Cosby was angry but got tired of the fight, and said that I was embarrassing him, that I was making too much noise and making a scene. He threw me out. I grabbed my bags and out the door I went. I got myself to New York… I was forced to go home to Denver as soon as I could get my stuff together. Cosby called me. He told me that he better never, ever see my face, or hear my name, again…
The incidents with Cosby made me feel completely violated, and that I couldn’t trust someone who told me that I could… A few years after it happened, I told a friend what happened, and she took me to a lawyer. He laughed at me. I never told another authority figure about it again.”
October 26, 2006
The NAACP announces that Cosby will be inducted into the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame. The Image Awards Chairperson, Clayola Brown, describes Cosby in a statement as “a true humanitarian and role model in the entertainment world… Through his outreach efforts, real life storytelling, emphasis on family values and encouragement for peace and love, he has influenced generations and we are proud to bestow this honor on him.”
November 8, 2006
Cosby and Constand settle before any of the Jane Does can testify. The public statement from their attorneys is that the two “have resolved their differences, and, therefore, the litigation has been dismissed pursuant to local court rule.” Details of the settlement are not disclosed.
December 18, 2006
People magazine interviews five Jane Does for a story, “Bill Cosby Under Fire.” Three agree to share their allegations against Cosby publicly. None of these Jane Does, People reports, went to the police. Two of them “allowed Cosby to pay part of all of their travel and/or living expenses for some time,” three “accept cash from him years after the incidents,” and two “even went on to have consensual relationships” with Cosby.
CREDIT: PEOPLE MAGAZINE
Regarding these women, People writes:
“Their stories, which take place in several cities and span two decades, illustrate the same pattern of behavior, primarily the accusation that Cosby, then one of the most powerful entertainers alive, targeted them because they were vulnerable and gained their trust by promising to help their careers.”

Cosby performs at the Stand Up for Heroes event at Madison Square Garden, in New York on Nov. 6, 2013. CREDIT: JOHN MINCHILLO/INVISION/AP, FILE | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
May 2008
Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a critical, reported essay about Cosby’s black conservatism, “This Is How We Lost to the White Man,” for The Atlantic. Coates’ piece largely ignores the allegations against Cosby, save for a parenthetical near the end:
“(In 2006, Cosby settled a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who claimed that he had sexually assaulted her; other women have come forward with similar allegations that have not gone to court.)”
In November 2014, in a story about the rising number of allegations against Cosby, Coates will, in hindsight, describe this line from 2008 as “a brief and limp mention.” He writes that he believed these allegations; that he chose, for reasons he details in the essay, not to focus on them in the story; and that it is one of his only “writing regrets”:
It was not enough.
I have often thought about how those women would have felt had they read my piece. The subject was morality — and yet one of the biggest accusations of immorality was left for a few sentences, was rendered invisible.
I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them. I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.
October 26, 2009
Cosby receives the 12th Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. He had previously turned down the award on two separate occasions, reportedly because he was upset with the use of profanity during the 1998 ceremony honoring Richard Pryor. During the ceremony, Jerry Seinfeld calls Cosby “the guiding light of my entire career.”
December 22, 2009
Cosby is granted the Marian Anderson Award, which “honors critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause.” The previous year’s recipient was Maya Angelou.
February 17, 2011
Cosby is recognized as an honorary chief petty officer in the United States Navy. He served in the Navy from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1960. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus calls Cosby “not just a comedian and an actor“ but “a tireless advocate for social responsibility and education — and a constant friend to the Navy,”
November 23, 2013
Cosby performs his first television stand-up special in 30 years. “Bill Cosby: Far From Finished” airs on Comedy Central and kicks off the “Far From Finished” tour, which will end in Atlanta in May 2015.
Cosby performs at the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla., on Nov. 21, 2014. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/PHELAN M. EBENHACK | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
January 22, 2014
NBC announces Cosby will return to television with a new sitcom. He is slated to “play the patriarch of a multigenerational family” on the same network where The Cosby Show aired.
February 4, 2014
Gawker asks: “Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby’s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” The piece is published just days after Dylan Farrow’s open letter — in which she says that her father, Woody Allen, sexually assaulted her when she was a child, allegations that had been public before but never described by Farrow herself — runs in the New York Times.
As Gawker’s Tom Scocca writes, Cosby is “one of the most culturally important and successful comedians ever, an elder statesman of the entertainment industry. He’s also someone who has been accused by multiple women of drugging them and sexually assaulting them.”
He goes on:
This coverage was more recent and possibly more prominent that the coverage of the abuse allegations against Woody Allen.
And? Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle.
“With shocking speed,” Scocca writes, the whole story “was effectively forgotten.”
February 7, 2014
Tamara Green talks to Newsweek about her allegations against Cosby. She says that going public was a “career-ender” for her and that she is sometimes contacted by other women who have been assaulted by celebrities. “They say, ‘We have no voice.’”
“Once I ran into him in a hallway in Las Vegas and pointed at him and began screaming ‘Rapist! Liar! Asshole!’ and he and his whole entourage ran and hid in the bathroom! I told him the last time I saw him that I was going to tell everyone in the world.”
August 14, 2014
At the Television Critics Association press tour, Netflix announces that Bill Cosby 77, a stand-up comedy film, will be released on November 28.
September 2014
Mark Whitaker’s biography, Cosby: His Life and Times, is published. The book, which clocks in at nearly 500 pages, fails to discuss or investigate the sexual assault allegations against Cosby. In November, Whitaker will publicly apologize for this failing, telling New York Times media critic David Carr in a tweet, “I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively.” In July 2015, Simon & Schuster announces it will let Whitaker’s book go out of print without adding any information about the dozens of allegations against Cosby.
October 16, 2014
While performing at stand-up at the Trocadero in Philadelphia, Hannibal Buress does an extended bit about Cosby. He says:
“Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the ‘80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches…
I guess I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch Cosby Show reruns. I’ve done this bit on stage and people think I’m making it up…. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That shit has more results than ‘Hannibal Buress.’”
The next day, Philadelphia magazine posts the clip and a write-up of the performance online. It quickly goes viral.

November 6, 2014
During an interview with the Associated Press, Cosby refuses to comment on sexual assault charges. He then tells an AP interviewer to “scuttle” the interview footage: “If you want to consider yourself to be serious, it will not appear anywhere.” The AP releases video of the exchange on November 19.

November 9, 2014
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art opens an installation of African art that was funded largely by a $716,000 gift from Bill and Camille Cosby. The exhibition, called “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue from the Collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Camille O. and William H. Cosby Jr.,” features quotations about Cosby’s work, portraits of Cosby and his family, and art by Cosby’s daughter. Cosby also loaned art from his personal collection for the exhibit.
The museum later adds a message to its website acknowledging that the allegations against Cosby “cast a negative light on what should be a joyful exploration of African and African American art in this gallery.”
November 11, 2014
Cosby’s team attempts to kickstart some positive publicity with a #CosbyMeme generator on Twitter, but the effort is derailed when hundreds of people use the platform to call Cosby a rapist.

November 13, 2014
Barbara Bowman, one of the Jane Does from Constand’s lawsuit, publishes an essay in the Washington Post: “Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?”
Her story laments that public outcry against the comedian did not pick up speed until decades after she went public. “Only after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest.”
November 15, 2014
Asked directly and repeatedly about the sexual assault allegations in a national NPR interview, Cosby gives no response:
SCOTT SIMON: “This question gives me no pleasure Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days.”
BILL COSBY: [SILENCE]
SIMON: “You’re shaking your head no. I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?”
COSBY: [SILENCE]
SIMON: “Shaking your head no. There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance.”
COSBY: [SILENCE]
November 15, 2014
Cosby cancels an upcoming appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, slated for November 19. Neither he nor CBS comments on the change in plans.
November 16, 2014
Joan Tarshis accuses Cosby of drugging and assaulting her twice in 1969. She describes on the blog Hollywood Elsewhere that, at the time, she was 19 years old and had traveled to Los Angeles to work as a comedy writer.
“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.”
November 17, 2014
In a Facebook post, Linda Joy Traitz accuses Cosby of getting “sexually aggressive” with her when she was 19 years old and working at Cafe Figaro, a restaurant he partially owned.
“He drove out to the beach and opened a briefcase filled with assorted drugs and kept offering me pills ‘to relax,’ which I declined. He began to get sexually aggressive and wouldn’t take ‘No’ for an answer. I freaked out and demanded to be taken home.”
November 18, 2014
Supermodel Janice Dickinson appears on Entertainment Tonight and says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982.
“I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man… The last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain. The next morning I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

She had hinted at the incident in her 2002 memoir, No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World’s First Supermodel, but, as she later revealed during an interview with Howard Stern, she was made to “tone down” that section so Cosby wouldn’t look bad.
That same day, Netflix “postpones” the release of Cosby’s stand-up special, Cosby 77, which was originally scheduled to premiere on November 28.
That night, CNN’s Don Lemon interviews Joan Tarshis and asks her why she did not use her teeth as “a weapon” when Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him. “There are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it.”

The exchange goes viral. #DonLemonReporting trends on Twitter and, the next day, Lemon issues an on-air apology.

November 19, 2014
NBC kills an in-development, Cosby-starring, primetime family sitcom which would potentially have premiered in fall 2015, and TV Land announces it will pull all reruns of The Cosby Show, effective immediately.
November 20, 2014
Three more women accuse Cosby of sexual assault: Actress Louisa Moritz, Carla Ferrigno and Therese Serignese.
Moritz tells TMZ that Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him in 1971, before an appearance on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show.
“He took his hands and put them on the back of my head and forced his penis in my mouth, saying, ‘Have a taste of this. It will do you good in so many ways.’”
Ferrigno tells RumorFix Cosby “attacked” and “grabbed” her at a party in 1967, when she was a teenager; she never told anyone because “there was no one to tell.”

Therese Serignese on May 7, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/ELISE AMENDOLA
Serignese, a nurse and one of the 13 Jane Does in the 2005 case, reveals her identity in the Huffington Post. She says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1976. After he gave her two white pills and a glass of water:
“The next memory I have was I was in a bathroom and I was kind of bending forward and he was behind me having sex with me,” she said. “I was just there, thinking ‘I’m on drugs, I’m drugged.’ I felt drugged and I was being raped and it was kind of surreal. My frame of mind was that it would be over soon and I could just get out of there.”
She says she stayed in contact with Cosby, on and off, for the next two decades, including at least one sexual encounter in the mid-1980s, and that she accepted two payments from him after she was seriously injured in a car accident in 1996. She did not go public at the time, she says, out of fear that she would not be believed.
Michelle Hurd, an actress, writes a Facebook post in which she says Cosby “was VERY inappropriate” with her when she was a stand-in on The Cosby Show:
“It started innocently, lunch in his dressing room, daily, then onto weird acting exercises were he would move his hands up and down my body, (can’t believe I fell for that) I was instructed to NEVER tell anyone what we did together.”
Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, releases a lengthy statement denying all allegations against Cosby. It reads, in part: “People are coming out the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories about my client.” He also publicizes the criminal record of accuser Linda Joy Traitz, which include charges for criminal fraud and possession of numerous drugs.
November 21, 2014
Three more accusers come forward: Actress Renita Chaney Hill, model Angela Leslie, and one of the 2005 Jane Doe accusers, Kristina Ruehli, who was a secretary at a talent agency in L.A. at the time of the alleged assault.
Ruehli tells Philadelphia magazine that, in 1965 when she was 22 years old, she was invited by Cosby to a party at his house. She claims he spiked her bourbon and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.
“I found myself on the bed, and he had his shirt off. He had unzipped his pants. I was just coming to.
He was attempting to force me into oral sex. He had his hand on my head. He had his cock out, and he had my head pushed close enough to it — I just remember looking at his stomach hair. And the hair on his chest. I had never seen a black man naked before.
And it never went past that. I immediately came to and was immediately very sick. I pushed myself away and ran to the bathroom and threw up.”
Hill tells a KDKA reporter that she met Cosby in Pittsburgh when she was a 15-year-old model. He cast her in Picture Pages, his educational TV segment, and would fly her to cities where he was to meet him at his hotel at night. He would give her a drink, she says, and she now believes she was drugged.
“One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn’t like it… I remember another time when I woke up in my bed the next day and he was leaving, he mentioned you should probably lose a little weight. I thought that odd, how would he know that?”
I remember being in high school saying to him, ‘I’ll come see you, but I don’t want to drink because it makes me feel funny.’ And he would tell me that if I didn’t drink, I couldn’t come see him.”
Leslie tells the New York Daily News she met Cosby in his Las Vegas suite in 1992, ostensibly to talk about acting opportunities, when he assaulted her. She was 26 years old.

November 22, 2014
The Washington Post publishes an extensive investigation into the allegations against Cosby, including an interview with a new accuser, Victoria Valentino. Valentino, a former Playboy Playmate, claims Cosby drugged and assaulted her and a friend in 1970. She tells the Post that the assault was “a waking nightmare.”
Joyce Emmons, who ran comedy clubs in the 1970s and ’80s, tells TMZ Cosby usually had “a drawer full of drugs,” including Quaaludes, in his hotel room. One night, Cosby offered her a white pill for a migraine; she says she took it, blacked out, and woke up naked in bed in Cosby’s suite with one of Cosby’s friends who had tried (and failed) to hit on her earlier that night. She says when she confronted Cosby about the drug, he “laughed and said it was ‘just a Quaalude.’”
November 23, 2014
Ex-NBC employee Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that Cosby used to pay off women he’d assaulted. Scotti says he “became the conduit” for payments of up to $2,000 a month to women, and that he “stood guard” while Cosby invited women back to his dressing room. Scotti, now 90 years old, says, “I felt sorry for the women.”
November 24, 2014
Former model Jewel Allison accuses Cosby of sexual abuse. She tells the New York Daily News that, while dining with Cosby at his home in New York, she drank a glass of wine, suddenly felt “woozy and ill,” and was carried by Cosby to another room, where he grabbed her hand and placed it on his genitals. She vomited the entire cab ride home.
“There’s no such thing as America’s Dad. There’s just a man named Bill Cosby. He’s a very sick sociopath.”
November 25, 2014
A woman who asks to only be identified as “Jena T.” (she later reveals her full name, Kaya Thompson) tells People magazine she met Cosby in New York City when she was a 17-year-old aspiring model in the late 1980s. He met her parents, offered to assist Thompson in her move to New York, and gave her a walk-on role in The Cosby Show. She describes a series of encounters with Cosby, including a instance in which he pressured her into a sex act, after which he gave her $700:
“I’m sure he fixed something to drink. He knew that I was ready to submit. The whole thing was like — I just knew that I gave him a hand job.” Cosby told her where to find lotion in the house, she claims, and she got it. “I’m like a robot, and that is what I became, and that is what I did for him…
I tried my best to muster a sort of, ‘I am an adult making this decision.’ Did I really feel that way? ‘No.’”
November 26, 2014
Donna Motsinger, one of the 13 Jane Does from 2005, reveals her identity. She tells ABC News that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970s, when she was a waitress in the Bay Area.
“I didn’t feel right. I felt bad. I finally asked him, ‘Can I please have an aspirin?’ Next thing I know, I wake up in the limo with his hands on me. I wake up in my own bed the next morning, all my clothes off, except for my underwear, and I know I have been sexually assaulted.”
Shawn Brown, the woman with whom Cosby admits he had an affair, tells the Daily Mail Cosby drugged and raped her in 1973, when she was 20 years old.
Cosby gave her drinks and a joint, which he said was marijuana, that Brown says she didn’t inhale.
“I was sitting in this wicker chair, hanging from the ceiling. It felt like I was sitting way up high in the corner, that’s how loopy I was — I felt like I was floating… I was in another world, it was more than drowsy, I knew that any second I would be out cold.”
That’s where her memory stops. When she woke up the next morning, she was naked in Cosby’s bed. “I knew I had had sex. My whole body ached. There was no place that was untouched.”
Shortly after that, Brown found out she was pregnant. She still believes her daughter, Autumn, is Cosby’s child. (She says Cosby convinced her to use her ex-boyfriend’s name on the birth certificate so Cosby could protect his reputation.)

University of Massachusetts, Amherst as seen from the W.E.B. Dubois Library CREDIT: WIKICOMMONS/PRISSANTENBAR
University of Massachusetts, Amherst asks Cosby to step down from his chairman duties. Cosby — who received a masters and doctorate in education at the school, was an honorary co-chair of a $300 million fundraising campaign, and had donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the university — agrees.
University spokesman Edward Blaguszewski says in a statement that Cosby “no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university.”
The Berklee College of Music, which had a scholarship in Cosby’s name, severs all ties with Cosby.
December 1, 2014
Cosby resigns from Temple University’s board of trustees. Temple is Cosby’s alma mater; he had served on the board for 32 years.
Another woman comes forward to accuse Cosby of sexually aggressive behavior: Lisa Jones tells Entertainment Tonight Canada that, in 1986 when she was 17 years old, she met Cosby, who flew her from Vancouver to New York to audition for a potential role in his show. Upon her arrival in the city, she was taken to his residence, where she alleges he ordered her upstairs, made her take off her makeup, get her hair wet and put it up in a ponytail. Then, she says, he poured her alcoholic drinks and became “intense,” telling her the only way women could get ahead in the entertainment industry was to have sex.
“He, out of nowhere, started to walk past me, and crouched in front of my knees, grabbed my legs, and tried to pull them apart,” she says. She fled his home. “All I wanted to do was get out of there because I was in an unsafe environment and that’s what I did.”
December 2, 2014
Judy Huth files a lawsuit against Cosby, accusing him of sexually assaulting her in 1974 when she was 15 years old. Her complaint is for sexual battery and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

Judy Huth on Dec. 5, 2014 CREDIT: AP PHOTO/ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, FILE
She is the first person to take legal action against Cosby since Constand filed her lawsuit in 2005.
As Huth’s lawsuit describes, Cosby allegedly took Huth and a friend to a party at the Playboy Mansion, where he told her to lie about her age. She used the bathroom and “emerged to find Cosby sitting on a bed.” Cosby asked her to sit next to him, tried to “put his hand down her pants, then took her hand and forced her to masturbate him.”
December 3, 2014
Two more women come forward at a press conference led by Gloria Allred. They are joined by Ferrier, who retells her story.
Chelan Lasha says that she was 17 years old and working at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1986 when Cosby drugged her, gave her alcohol and fondled her, at which point she blacked out.
Helen Hayes says, after meeting Cosby at Clint Eastwood’s Celebrity Tennis Tournament in Pebble Beach, California, in 1973, Cosby stalked her “like a predator.” He followed her to a restaurant where she and two friends were having dinner and grabbed her breast.
Ferrier, a Jane Doe, met Cosby in the 1980s and had a consensual affair with him for several months. Backstage after a performance of his in Denver, Ferrier claims, Cosby gave her coffee and she lost consciousness.
“The next thing I knew, hours passed and I woke up in the back of my car alone. My clothes were a mess; my bra was undone. My car was in the alleyway behind the venue. I felt disoriented. I had no idea what happened to me.”
December 4, 2014
Cosby countersues Huth, alleging extortion. He claims her sexual assault allegations are a “meritless and unsupported.” He demands $33,000 in damages.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens rescind Cosby’s honorary chief title, which had been conferred in 2011.
“The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment.”
December 6, 2014
PJ Masten tells the New York Daily News that Cosby attacked her in 1979, when she was a Bunny manager at the Playboy Club in Chicago. She says he convinced her to come up to his room at the Whitehall Hotel by promising her they’d go out to dinner, but when she got there, Cosby was smoking cigars with several male friends. He served her a glass of Grand Marnier on the rocks, she says:
“I don’t remember anything after I drank it. The next thing I knew it was 4 o’clock in the morning and I woke up naked with this disgusting man next to me… I have no idea what he gave me, but I woke up feeling very groggy and very sore. I knew I had been raped,”
She claims to know “a dozen former Bunnies” with stories like hers who are too afraid to come forward.

Hugh Hefner at his home (aka Playboy Mansion) in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Oct. 13, 2011. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/KRISTIAN DOWLING
Playboy founder Hugh Hefner releases a statement regarding the number of allegations against Cosby that cite the Playboy Mansion as the scene of Cosby’s crimes:
“Bill Cosby has been a good friend for many years and the mere thought of these allegations is truly saddening. I would never tolerate this kind of behavior, regardless of who was involved.”
December 10, 2014
Tamara Green sues Cosby for defamation. She claims that, by publicly accusing her of being a liar, Cosby has impugned her reputation. The statute of limitations for defamation is one year; her lawsuit is based on statements Cosby has given recently to Newsweek — “This is a 10-year-old, discredited accusation that proved to be nothing at the time, and is still nothing.” — and the Washington Post. She is suing Cosby in Massachusetts federal court.
Her attorney, Joseph Cammarata, famously defended Paula Jones in 1994, when Jones sued then-President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment.
December 11, 2014

Beverly Johnson at the Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala on Feb. 14, 2016. CREDIT: JOHN SALANGSANG/INVISION/AP
Supermodel Beverly Johnson publishes an essay in Vanity Fair: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” In 1974, Johnson was the first black model to appear on the cover of American Vogue.
“I still struggled with how to reveal my big secret, and more importantly, what would people think when and if I did? Would they dismiss me as an angry black woman intent on ruining the image of one of the most revered men in the African American community over the last 40 years?”
December 13, 2014
Cosby sidesteps addressing the sexual assault allegations in a phone interview with a Page Six reporter, taking “the black media” to task for what he considers to be poor, biased reporting.
“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”
Bill Cosby ‘Breaks His Silence,’ Suggests That He’s The Real Victim
December 15, 2014
Chloe Goins accuses Cosby of drugging and assaulting her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. She tells the Daily Mail that, after accepting a drink from Cosby at a party and then being taken by him to a room to rest, she woke up to find herself completely naked with Cosby, his pants around his ankles, leaning over and licking her toes.
“He wasn’t on my breasts when I woke, but I could feel, you know, the saliva on them and that he’d been licking on me.
I felt embarrassed, it was a gross, icky feeling, I felt very violated and humiliated.
I was scared, I was just 18 and he was an old man, I was not very sexually experienced and I didn’t really know what had happened, it was violating.”
Camille Cosby releases a statement to CBS comparing the media coverage of the allegations against her husband to Rolling Stone’s infamously debunked feature, “A Rape on Campus.”

December 19, 2014
A new accuser tells Dr. Phil that Cosby drugged her in 1988. The woman, who goes by “Lisa,” says she was a 21-year-old aspiring model when Cosby invited her to his hotel room for a “mentoring session.” Once there, he started petting her hair and gave her a drink she believes was drugged; two days later, she woke up with no memory of what occurred.
December 22, 2014
Actress Kathy McKee tells the New York Daily News that Cosby raped her in the early 1970s.
They were “buddies,” she said, when he stopped by his hotel room in Michigan one night to give him food he’d requested before leaving for a party. She says he immediately tore off her clothes and raped her.
“He spun me around, pulled my panties down, and just took it. We were still standing at the door when he attacked me. It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable.”

Cosby leaves the Cheltenham Township Police Department where he was processed after being arraigned on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault on Dec. 30, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE, FILE | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
January 5, 2015
Therese Serignese and Linda Joy Traitz join Tamara Green’s federal defamation lawsuit against Cosby.
When Serignese came forward, Marty Singer, Cosby’s attorney, issued a written statement calling her claims, as wells as the claims of other accusers, “utter nonsense,” “fantastical” and “unsubstantiated.” He later described Traitz’s allegations “ridiculous” and an “absurd fabrication.”
January 6, 2015
Phylicia Rashad, star of The Cosby Show, defends Cosby to Showbizz 411.
“I love him. Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated.”
January 7, 2015
Rashad tells ABC News some of her remarks were misquoted — the line “Forget these women” was taken out of context, she said — but she maintains that the allegations are part of a concerted effort to dismantle Cosby’s image. Cosby, she says, is “a genius, he is generous, he is kind, he’s inclusive.”

That same day, three more women accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct. Each read a statement at a Gloria Allred-led press conference.
One, who goes by the pseudonym “Kacey,” says Cosby drugged and assaulted her when she was working as an assistant for his William Morris agent in 1996. Their working relationship had been positive — she thought of Cosby as a “father figure or favorite uncle” — when, during a one-on-one meeting at the Bel Air hotel where Cosby told her they’d talk through the future of her career, Kacey says Cosby made her take a “large white pill” to “relax.” She woke up in bed next to Cosby, who was wearing nothing but a bathrobe.
Linda Kirkpatrick says Cosby drugged her in the 1980s. She met him in Las Vegas in 1981 at a tennis tournament, and he invited her to his show. During a party in his dressing room, he offered her a drink; she claims she blacked out and regained consciousness to find Cosby on top of her, aggressively kissing her.
Rebecca Lynn Neal says Cosby was a regular client at a health club where she worked as a therapist. He invited her to his show after which, she says, he gave her drinks but denied her food; he then walked her to his dressing room and raped her.
“He built my trust by pretending to be a friend. He drugged and raped me. He betrayed my trust and took advantage of me.”
January 11, 2015
Third-time Golden Globe Awards hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler make multiple Cosby jokes in their monologue. They riff that Sleeping Beauty from Into the Woods “just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby” and take turns during Cosby impressions: “I put the pills in the people! The people did not want the pills in them!”

January 26, 2015
Film executive Cindra Ladd accuses Cosby of drugging and raping her in 1969 in an essay in the Huffington Post titled “Cosby: ‘Trust Me.’”
Cosby gave her a pill for her headache. The rest of the night was a blur:
“What I do recall, vividly and clearly, is waking up the next morning nude in the bed of his friend’s apartment and seeing Cosby wearing a white terrycloth bathrobe and acting as if there was nothing unusual. It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed. There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further…I got out of there as fast as I could. Once in the elevator, I broke down crying… Other than my roommate, I did not discuss that night with anyone for 36 years.”
February 8, 2015
Helen Gumpel, an actress who appeared once on The Cosby Show, claims Cosby sexually harassed her in the late 1980s. At a press conference in Boston, Gumpel says Cosby invited her to the set of the show and was waiting for her in his dressing room with a drink. She says he had her sit on a couch and he stood before her, keeping his crotch close to her face.
“I never thought of myself as a victim, because I refused his advances. But my career was a victim.”
Hours earlier, Cosby canceled two back-to-back comedy shows at for scheduled that evening at the Wilbur Theater in Boston, which demonstrators had announced they would protest. Cosby’s official statement on the matter is that the shows were canceled due to bad winter weather.
February 12, 2015
Two more women accuse Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them: Linda Brown and Lisa-Lotte Lublin. Both tell their stories at a press conference led by Gloria Allred.

Gloria Allred makes a statement regarding Friday’s deposition of comedian Bill Cosby during a news conference in Boston on Oct. 10, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MICHAEL DWYER
Brown says she Cosby through her agent in 1969, when she a 21-year-old model. He gave her a ticket to his show, took her to dinner, and invited her to his hotel room, where he said he had a gift for her. He proceeded to force her to drink a soda and, Brown claims, the next thing she remembered was waking up naked in Cosby’s bed. She could not speak or move. Then, she says, Cosby raped her.
“I felt dirty, ashamed and embarrassed. I chose to speak out today because I want people to know who Mr. Bill Cosby really is. If you trust him, then you have been fooled by him, too.”
Lublin says she was 23 when she met Cosby in 1989. After meeting him twice without incident, Lublin accepted his invitation to the Elvis suite of the Las Vegas Hilton where he offered to help her with acting. He fixed her a drink; she declined — she didn’t drink — but ultimately had two. She says the last thing she remembers is feeling dizzy and Cosby “stroking her hair.” She believes she was sexually assaulted. At the time, she and her mother decided she must have just reacted poorly to alcohol.
February 19, 2015
Eddie Murphy, making his long-awaited return to Saturday Night Live for the show’s 40th anniversary special, does not play Cosby in a Jeopardy sketch. (Kenan Thompson appeared, very briefly, as Cosby instead.)

Eddie Murphy attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza on Feb. 15, 2015. CREDIT: ANDY KROPA/INVISION/AP
Writer Norm Macdonald tweets that Murphy refused to do the bit: “He knew the laughs would bring the house down. Eddie Murphy knows what will work on SNL better than any one. Eddie decides the laughs are not worth it. He will not kick a man when he is down.”
February 24, 2015
Former model Heidi Thomas tells CNN that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 1984 under the guise of offering her “a mentoring session.” She met him at his friend’s house outside of Reno. He gave her a glass of Chablis and the rest of the night is “foggy.”
But she says that when she woke up, she was in bed next to Cosby. He was naked and “forcing himself in my mouth.”
March 3, 2015
Another Jane Doe from 2005 reveals her identity: Patricia, who keeps her last name private, tells Buzzfeed that she was drugged and raped by Cosby in 1978 and again in 1980.
The first time she “blacked out” and woke up naked in Cosby’s Massachusetts home; the second time, when she came to, she felt “very sick and knew that someone had penetrated me.” She also describes odd demands Cosby made of her, including criticism of her weight and hairstyle.
March 25, 2015
Comedian Chelsea Handler reveals in an Esquire interview that Cosby, in her words, “tried to Cosby me” when she was in Atlantic City for a show about ten years prior.
“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…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… 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.”
March 27, 2015
Two more accusers come forward at a press conference with Allred.
Margie Shapiro says Cosby drugged her in 1975. She says she took a pill from Cosby and, when she woke up the next morning, she was naked and Cosby was penetrating her.
Sunni Welles, who was 17 years old when she says she met Cosby in the 1960s, claims he drugged her Coca-Cola after taking her to a jazz club; when she woke up, she knew she’d been assaulted.
April 23, 2015
Another Allred press conference introduces three more accusers to the public.

The grounds of the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. CREDIT: JOHN SALANGSANG/INVISION/AP, FILE
Marcella Tate, a model who went to the Playboy Mansion in 1975 with Cosby, says she took a drink from him and woke up naked next to him in a bed she didn’t recognize.
Autumn Burns says Cosby offered to “mentor” her when she was a 20-year-old model and game starter at the Sahara in Las Vegas. He gave her gambling money and invited her to his room, where, she says, he gave her a drugged drink that made her feel “woozy.” Then, she says, he sexually assaulted her.
Jancie Baker-Kinney says she met Cosby in the 1980s while working at a casino. She was 24 at the time, and says he gave her two pills — “I thought it must be OK, Bill Cosby said it was.” — and woke up later on a couch with her jeans unzipped and blouse open. She remembers Cosby bringing her upstairs to a bedroom and, when she woke up the next morning, Cosby was naked beside her, touching her stomach and genital area. As she left, she says, Cosby told her, “This is between you and me.”
May 1, 2015
Two more women come forward with accusations against Cosby, bringing the total number of alleged victims to over 40.
Former The Cosby Show actress Lili Bernard and writer Sammie Mays read their statements at a press conference led by Gloria Allred.
Mays claims Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1980s after inviting her to his hotel room for an interview during a New Orleans TV convention.
Bernard says Cosby drugged and raped her in the early 1990s, when she was a guest star on The Cosby Show. He told her, “You’re one of my kids,” she says, and offered to mentor her. But when they last spoke, she says, in 1992, he told her, “As far as I’m concerned, Bernard, you’re dead. Do you hear me? You’re dead, Bernard. You don’t exist. I never wanna see your face again. Now get the hell out of here!”
Bernard reports that she went to the Atlantic City police the day before the press conference with evidence of the crime, but later was told she had missed the filing deadline by a few months.
May 2, 2015
In Atlanta, Cosby performs the last show in his “Far From Finished” stand-up tour, which kicked off with a televised special in November 2013.
The tour is marred by last-minute cancelations, protests, and other disruptions. Brian Kitts, the marketing director for Denver Arts & Venues, told The Washington Post that dealing with the fallout from Cosby’s January show — where Gloria Allred was in attendance, protesters yelled at audience members, and many seats were left empty — has “kind of been like a slow-motion car wreck.”

Demonstrators hold signs protesting a performance underway by Cosby inside the Buell Theater in Denver on Jan. 17, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/BRENNAN LINSLEY
May 20, 2015
Janice Dickinson sues Cosby for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. (Like the overwhelming majority of women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, Dickinson can no longer file criminal charges against Cosby because the statute of limitations has expired.) Her suit is filed in Los Angeles, where she resides.
Marty Singer, Cosby’s attorney at the time, calls Dickinson’s statement a “complete lie.” In November, when Singer leaves Cosby’s defense team, Dickinson amends her lawsuit to include Singer, who Dickinson alleges is responsible for four press releases denying that Cosby drugged and raped her.
May 26, 2015
An episode of Inside Amy Schumer includes a sketch, “Court of Public Opinion: The Trial of Bill Cosby,” satirizing the lengths to which people will go to forgive Cosby for his alleged crimes so they can continue to love The Cosby Show.
“You’ve heard a lot from the prosecution the last few weeks about stuff that may — or may not! — have happened… How did that feel to listen to? Blech, right? How do you feel when I play this?” (Clip from The Cosby Show plays.) “Did anyone feel raped by that?”

July 6, 2015
Judge Eduardo Roberno, who has presided over Andrea Constand’s case from the get-go, issues an order releasing court papers from Constand’s 2005 case, including excerpts from Cosby’s deposition.
The release is due largely to the efforts of Associated Press reporter Maryclaire Dale, who spent a decade unsuccessfully petitioning Robreno to unseal documents in Constand’s 2005 case and who, in light of the dozens of new Cosby accusers coming forward, petitioned Robreno again in 2015.
July 7, 2015
The Associated Press breaks the most stunning revelation from the Cosby deposition: That Cosby admitted, on the record, to getting drugs for women he wanted to have sex with.

CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Within weeks, the New York Times obtains the full transcript.
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July 8, 2015
Cosby is dropped by his agency, CAA, which had represented him since 2012.
July 10, 2015
With just six months to go before the 12-year statue of limitations for aggravated indecent assault runs out under Pennsylvania law, Montgomery County district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopens the Constand investigation.
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) sign a White House petition to revoke Bill Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The petition is the work of non-profit PAVE (Promoting Awareness Victim Empowerment).
Through a spokesperson, Gillibrand tells Politico:
“She supports this group’s effort because we need to set a clear example that sexual assault will not be tolerated in this country, and someone who admitted to using drugs for sex no longer deserves the nation’s highest honor.”
McCaskill says of Cosby:
“[He] has now admitted in sworn testimony that he drugged young women to take advantage of them sexually. I don’t think that somebody that has admitted to doing that deserves a medal of any type. He probably deserves to go to prison.”
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July 15, 2015
For the first time, President Barack Obama speaks publicly about the allegations against Cosby. Asked if he would consider revoking Cosby’s presidential medal of freedom, Obama says:
“[With] respect to the Medal of Freedom, there is no precedent for revoking a medal. We don’t have that mechanism. And as you know, I tend to make it a policy not to comment on the specifics of cases where there might still be if not criminal, then civil issues involved.
“I’ll say this: if you give a woman or a man for that matter a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
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July 26, 2015
New York magazine puts 35 Cosby accusers on the cover, along with an empty chair to represent the victims yet to come forward.

August 5, 2015
Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and longtime friend of the Cosby family, writes an open letter in The Root titled “Why I Kept Open an Exhibit Featuring Art Owned by Bill Cosby.”

Quilts from the Bill and Camille Cosby collection hang at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington on Nov. 6, 2014. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File
The exhibit, she writes, “not about the life and career of Bill Cosby” but rather “is about the interplay of artistic creativity in remarkable works of African and African-American art and what visitors can learn from the stories this art tells.”
She also claims that “when we accepted the gift and loan, I was unaware of the allegations about Bill Cosby. Had I known, I would not have moved forward with this particular exhibition.”
August 12, 2015
Three more women accuse Cosby of sexual assault. They speak at a press conference led by Allred alongside an empty chair, a callback to the New York cover.
Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer, a former actress, met Cosby through her husband, who was an executive at the William Morris agency, which represented Cosby at the time. In 1971, Whitedeer said, Cosby forced her to perform oral sex on him within minutes of walking into an empty room on a movie set:
“I felt Cosby’s left hand gently grab my long hair behind my head. His giant frame blocked the door, so if anyone should try to enter, they would not be able to see what he was doing. As I looked up, his penis was out of his pants and he shoved it into my mouth. His attack was fast, with surgical precision, and surprise was on his side.
When Cosby was done, there was a horrible mess of semen in my clothes, my face and my hair. He took out a Kleenex to try and wipe off my face. I was bordering between vomiting and passing out. He was mumbling that I had been blessed with his semen, as if it was holy water.”
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Colleen Hughes, a former American Airlines flight attendant, says Cosby assaulted her in the early 1970s. He gave her a glass of champagne, she says; she passed out and woke up to find Cosby gone and her body “covered in semen.”
Eden Tirl, an actress, says Cosby sexually harassed her — “hugging her in an overly intimate way” — when she appeared on The Cosby Show in 1989. She stayed silent for fear that speaking out would destroy her career.
August 20, 2015
Two more women come forward, bringing the total number of Cosby accusers to over 50.
Gloria Allred introduces the women at a press conference.
Elizabeth, a former flight attendant who identifies herself only by her first name, says she was at dinner with Cosby at a Japanese restaurant when he made her drink some of his sake.
“All I know is that it was the most horrifying thing that could happen to any young woman. The next thing I remember is I was in the Rolls-Royce profusely vomiting. I remember the driver saying, ‘You’re not the first.’…I’ve lived with the shame and the guilt of thinking it was somehow my fault, but it wasn’t. Because if I hadn’t been drugged, I would have never ended up in a hotel with him and he knew that.”
Charlotte Fox, then an aspiring actress, met Cosby in the 1970s. She was an extra on Uptown Saturday Night. She says Cosby invited her to a local jazz club where he was playing and then to the Playboy mansion, where she became sick.
“The next thing I remember was that I was sort of awake, in a bed, with no clothes on and there was Mr. Cosby, in a robe, crawling from the bottom of the bed… I was incapacitated and couldn’t say no. He engaged in sexual activity with me. It was not consensual.”
The two women are joined by Sarita Butterfield, a former Playboy model who had previously accused Cosby of sexual misconduct.
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October 18, 2015
While accepting the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center — an award Cosby received in 2009 — Eddie Murphy does a Cosby impression and asks the audience, “Did you all make Bill give his back? You know you fucked up when they want you to give your trophies back.”

October 19, 2015
The mural of Bill Cosby that graces the side of iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. is vandalized.
A picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s face is pasted over Cosby’s. A street artist who goes by Smear Leader takes credit for the defacement on Instagram, writing, “Instead of looking at a sexual predator, people can celebrate in jubilation that the great leader is now on the their Wall.”
Cosby’s face is restored and the picture is removed. BCB does not comment.

September 24, 2015
Cosby is stripped of honorary degrees by two Jesuit institutions which have never before revoked this honor.
Fordham and Marquette take back the honorary degrees they awarded Cosby in 2001 and 2013, respectively.
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September 30, 2015
Three more accusers come forward at a press conference with Allred.
Pamela Abeyta, a model, says she met Cosby in 1979, when she was 25 years old. She was seeing Cosby in Vegas to talk about a potential opportunity with Playboy. She says he bought her a heap of gifts — a gown, shoes, a bag worth $2,500 — and ate and drank at a dinner show. Later, she blacked out; she believes she was drugged.
“When I came to, I was lying in Bill Cosby’s bed, not my own room. When I came to again, I saw two other naked people in the room by my bed.”
Lisa Christie, also a model, says Cosby hit on her in a hotel room. She says he’d been mentoring her for years when he invited her to his hotel in Chicago to audition for his 1990 movie Ghost Dad. Then a virgin, Christie was stunned when Cosby kissed her in his room; when she refused his advances, he told her she’d “never make it in this business unless you sleep with me.”
Sharon Van Ert, who met Cosby when she was a waitress, says Cosby walked her to her car one night after work. She’d had a couple of drinks, she remembers, and says Cosby attacked her once they got inside her car.
“He was touching me and rubbing my leg. The next thing I remember was waking up in my car, my head hanging down from the seat, alone… knew I was drugged because I threw up and I never threw up or drank too much.”
When she got home, she realized her underwear was missing.
October 6, 2015
Chloe Goins files a civil lawsuit against Cosby, alleging that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

Chloe Goins outside Los Angeles police headquarters after meeting police investigators on Jan. 14, 2015. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/NICK UT
Unlike most Cosby accusers, Goins has a case that could fall within California’s 10-year statute of limitations for sexual assault.
October 9, 2015
Cosby deposed in Judy Huth case. He is reportedly interviewed for 7 hours by Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred. (Huth alleges Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old.)
This is the first time Cosby addresses allegations of sexual misconduct under oath since his explosive 2005 deposition.
The LAPD says it will investigate all claims of sexual assault against Cosby, whether or not they fall within the statute of limitations. Why bother? A California law that allows alleged victims of sex crimes to testify in court as witnesses, regardless of whether or not their own cases resulted in any criminal charges.
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Dateline airs “The Cosby Accusers Speak,” an episode in which 27 of the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault come together for a group interview to share their allegations again.
October 21, 2015
Cosby fires his lawyer, Marty Singer.
October 23, 2015
Two more women come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual misconduct at a press conference led by Allred.
Donna Barrett claims Cosby assaulted her in 2004 at a track meet at the University of Pennsylvania. She was officiating the meet, she says, and Cosby grabbed her from behind, yelled “Hey, back that thing up here girl, back it on up!” at her, and forced his genitals on her before running off. She told officials about the incident, she says, “but no one knew what to do.”
“He had me locked down against his body without my consent or desire.”
An actress identifying herself as Dottye says Cosby raped her in 1984.
He invited her to a private audition for The Cosby Show at his residence in New York. Once she arrived, he demanded that she drink; he spun her in circles until she got sick, and stripped her, she says. He then made her shower and raped her. The next day, she says, he called her for phone sex.
November 3, 2015
Bruce Castor, the former district attorney who failed to prosecute Cosby in the Constand case a decade ago, runs for Montgomery County D.A. again.

Former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor on Feb. 2, 2016. CREDIT: CLEM MURRAY/THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER VIA AP, POOL
The race for district attorney hinges on whether voters want Castor, who swears, this time around, he’ll get Cosby for perjury, or assistant D.A. Kevin Steele, who runs television ads calling Castor “a former D.A. who refused to prosecute Bill Cosby.”
Working against Castor: Back in October, Constand filed a defamation suit against him, claiming the language of his campaign insinuated that she didn’t give prosecutors the full story and paints her as partly responsible for the D.A.’s failure to prosecute Cosby ten years ago.
Steele wins the election.
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November 9, 2015
Kristina Ruehli files a federal defamation suit against Cosby. In her complaint, she claims Cosby falsely accused her of lying when she went public with her accusations against him in November 2014. In doing so, her complaint says, Cosby held her “up to public scorn and ridicule, injured her good name and reputation and caused her severe emotional distress.”
November 13, 2015
Four more women join an ongoing federal lawsuit against Cosby. This lawsuit, originally filed by Tamara Green and joined months later by Therese Serignese, and Linda Joy Traitz, now includes Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Louisa Moritz, and Angela Leslie.
All the women claim that, in the wake of their allegations against Cosby, Cosby and his legal team trashed their reputations and made it impossible for them to lead normal lives.
As Bowman tells the Associated Press:
“There’s no reason that any of the victims of this situation should have to live with a scarlet letter in their lives.”
Tarshis describes an incident in the spring of 2015 — she came forward with her allegations against Cosby the previous November — when a woman driving by her spat at her and called her a liar.
“I was incredibly shaken by that. I don’t want to sound like Richard Nixon, but I’m not a liar. Why would anybody lie about something like this? This is not my legacy.”
December 14, 2015
Cosby countersues seven of his accusers: The women who filed the federal defamation suit against him in Massachusetts. They are Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, Linda Joy Traitz, Louisa Moritz, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis and Angela Leslie.
Cosby claims that the allegations of these women are not just false but are in fact part of an orchestrated effort to derail his return to television stardom. By publicly accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting them, Cosby insists, these women have engaged in “intentional, extreme, outrageous, and morally repugnant conduct.”
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On Monday, Bill Cosby countersued seven of more than 50 the women who have accused him of sexual assault.
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An excerpt from Cosby’s countersuit.
None of these women have recourse through the criminal justice system; the statute of limitations has run out in every case. So, as ThinkProgress reported at the time:
The case is now, literally, he said, she said. By countersuing these women, Cosby may have inadvertently provided his alleged victims with a way to prove his guilt.
Cosby says these women are liars. The women say they’re telling the truth. Which means even though the case is technically about defamation — whether the women have wrecked Cosby’s reputation, or the other way around — it is, essentially, about whether or not Cosby committed these assaults.
December 21, 2015
Cosby files a defamation suit against Beverly Johnson. He claims her accusations — that he drugged and tried to sexually assault her — are false, that his wife, Camille, attended the dinner Johnson says she and Bill had alone, and that Johnson’s allegations are simply an attempt to “rekindle her career.”
December 30, 2015
Cosby is charged with sexual assault in the Constand case.
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The charge is “aggravated indecent assault,” which is a felony under Pennsylvania law. Charges include assault without consent, assault while complainant is unconscious or unaware, and assault that includes impairing the complainant.

Booking photograph released by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. CREDIT: MONTGOMERY COUNTY OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY VIA AP
At his arraignment, Cosby surrenders his passport and is released on $1 million bail. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison.

Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pa. on May 24, 2016. CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MATT ROURKE, FILE | GRAPHIC BY JESSICA GOLDSTEIN
January 5, 2016
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Hennessy agrees to delay Camille Cosby’s deposition. She was slated to be deposed the following day in the criminal case against her husband.
Her lawyers wrote a 12-page motion asking for the delay:
“Without a stay of her deposition, both Mrs. Cosby’s privacy and freedom will be put at issue in a case to which she is not a party, and for which she is not alleged to have any personal, first-hand knowledge.”
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January 7, 2016
Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-R) introduces a measure to “affirm the power of the president” so Obama can revoke Cosby’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest tells ABC News that Obama would “take a look” at the proposed legislation if Congress passed it.
Februrary 2, 2016
Cosby tries to get the 2005 deposition — in which he admits to giving Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with — thrown out. A two-day hearing on the subject begins.
As ThinkProgress reported:
Cosby’s lawyers are citing an alleged agreement between Cosby and Bruce Castor, then Montgomery County district attorney, in which Castor promised Cosby he would not be prosecuted in the Constand case. Castor declined to bring charges against Cosby back in 2005, finding “insufficient credible and admissible evidence.” Constand settled with Cosby in civil court in 2006, and it is Cosby’s testimony from that civil suit which resurfaced late last year.
Cosby’s team asserts that Castor swore he would never prosecute Cosby and that this promise extends to all future holders of the district attorney’s office, including its current occupant, Kevin Steele. As the New York Times reports, it was not Castor’s aim to prevent future prosecution should new evidence emerge, but “in recent emails and other statements, [Castor] said his decision had led Mr. Cosby to testify freely” in Constand’s civil suit, “and therefore that testimony cannot be part of the evidence now being used against him.”
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Chloe Goins drops her civil lawsuit against Cosby one month after L.A. County prosecutors declined to bring criminal charges against Cosby, citing insufficient evidence.
February 3, 2016
Cosby’s request to have deposition thrown out is denied.
Cosby also failed in his effort to disqualify District Attorney Kevin Steele from the case. Steele, the newly-elected D.A., ran against Castor; his campaign called out his opponent for failing to prosecute Cosby in 2004. Cosby’s lawyers accused Steele of treating Cosby as a “political football.”
Judge Denies Bill Cosby’s Request To Have Sexual Assault Case Thrown Out

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February 11, 2016
Federal judge rules Camille Cosby must give a deposition in the defamation lawsuit against Cosby in Massachusetts.
One caveat: She can refuse to answer questions about “private marital conversations.”
Judge Rules Bill Cosby’s Wife Must Give A Deposition In Case Against Her Husband

Camille Cosby will be deposed in the defamation lawsuit against her husband, Bill, in Massachusetts.
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February 17, 2016
Cosby files a lawsuit against Constand, Constand’s mother, Constand’s attorneys, and the publisher of the National Enquirer. He claims Constand and her mother violated the terms of their settlement by cooperating with the District Attorney’s investigation.
Constand and her mother are Canadian citizens; Cosby claims that, because of this, they are “outside the jurisdictional reach of the Montgomery County, PA, District Attorney” but still “voluntarily participated in a 2015 reinvestigation of Andrea Constand’s allegations against Mr. Cosby.”
March 1, 2016
Only six days before the preliminary hearing in Cosby’s criminal case is scheduled to begin, Cosby is granted a postponement while a Pennsylvania appeals court considers his attempt to have the case thrown out before trial.
March 26, 2016
The New York Times reports that the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open in September, will not reference the allegations against Cosby.
He is included in an exhibit about pioneers in entertainment, but with zero mention of the more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual assault. The exhibit will, however, include one of Cosby’s comedy records, “I Started Out as a Child,” from 1964, The Cosby Show and I Spy video clips, and an I Spy comic book. The text alongside The Cosby Show clips describes the series “one of the best-loved American TV shows.”
March 30, 2016
The founding director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opens this September, announces a change of plans: The museum will acknowledge allegations against Cosby.
As the director, Lonnie Bunch, announced in a statement;
“This is not an exhibition that ‘honors or celebrates’ Bill Cosby but one that acknowledges his role, among many others, in American entertainment. Some people feel that the Smithsonian should eliminate all mention of Bill Cosby as a result of recent revelations. We understand but respectfully disagree…
Like all of history, our interpretation of Bill Cosby is a work in progress, something that will continue to evolve as new evidence and insights come to the fore. Visitors will leave the exhibition knowing more about Mr. Cosby’s impact on American entertainment, while recognizing that his legacy has been severely damaged by the recent accusations.”
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May 16, 2016
Chloe Goins sues Cosby in L.A. County Superior Court. In her new complaint, she sues both Cosby and Hugh Hefner, for sexual battery, gender violence, and other charges. Goins previously sued Cosby in federal court; she dropped that case in February.
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Spencer Kuvin, Goins’ attorney, told ThinkProgress by phone that “during our ongoing investigation of the facts in Chloe’s case,” before dropping the original lawsuit in February, “it came to our attention that Mr. Hefner either knew or clearly should have known not only what happened to Chloe but what was happening to other women there at the Playboy Mansion regarding Mr. Cosby and drugging women.”
May 24, 2016
Cosby is ordered to stand trial in criminal case.
District Judge Elizabeth McHugh determines the prosecutors have enough evidence to bring Cosby to trial. If convicted, Cosby could be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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Though some had expected Constand would appear in court, as Cosby did, she was not in attendance. Judge McHugh ruled that Constand did not have to testify. However, excerpts of the statement she gave to the police in 2005 were read and entered into the record.
Constand told police in 2005 “that the comedian penetrated her with his fingers after giving her pills that made her dizzy, blurry-eyed and sick to her stomach, her legs ‘like jelly.’”
Cosby waves his right to a formal arraignment and automatically enters a plea of not guilty.
June 2, 2016
The complete transcript of Andrea Constand’s 2004 interview with the police is made public.
The document provides the fullest picture thus far about the alleged 2004 incident and includes Constand’s explanation for waiting a year to come forward with her allegations; she expresses “concern about my job” and says “there was an element of fear” keeping her silent. The first person Constand says she told about the assault was her mother, on January 13, 2005.
More Details Emerge In The Only Criminal Case Against Bill Cosby

Why did Andrea Constand wait a year to tell anyone that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her?
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June 24, 2016
Kristina Ruehli drops her lawsuit against Cosby. She files for dismissal just one day after Judge Mark Mastroianni ruled against Cosby’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
In an interview with the New York Times, Ruehli said she had already spent $80,000 in legal fees.
“We accomplished what we wanted to do. I simply want to wash my hands of this.”
That night, Kanye West premieres his music video for “Famous” at the Forum in Los Angeles and on a Tidal livestream. In the film, West is sprawled naked in bed with a phalanx of famous people, including Cosby. (All the celebrity bodies are synthetic, save for West’s wife, Kim Kardashian.)

July 7, 2016
Judge Steven O’Neill rules that Cosby did not, as he wished, have the right to confront and cross-examine Constand in a preliminary court hearing. Constand’s direct testimony was not required; the statement she gave to police, along with Cosby’s statement to the police, were sufficient evidence. O’Neill’s ruling upholds the decision from May 24.
Outside the courthouse, Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby’s attorneys, tells the press, “Today someone who has given so much to so many had his constitutional rights trampled upon.”
But Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele says, “The defense operated under a mistaken belief that they had a right to confront the victim at this stage. They do not. There is a rule that says otherwise. There is case law that says otherwise.”
July 18, 2016
Sources tell Page Six that Cosby, now 79 years old, is “completely blind,” confined to his home in Pennsylvania, and “in his own personal hell.”
July 29, 2016
Cosby drops his lawsuit against Constand. He was trying to recover money he gave her in a confidential settlement based on the accusation that Constand breached the terms of their 2006 agreement when she agreed to cooperate with Pennsylvania authorities.
In a statement, one of Constand’s attorneys, Dolores Troiani, called Cosby’s lawsuit a “blatant attempt” at intimidation and said the dismissal “is a victory for all victims.”
August 15, 2016
A federal appeals court rejects Cosby’s request to reseal court documents, including the deposition from 2005, arguing that his appeal was moot after the contents of the documents were so widely publicized.
“Resealing the documents would not provide Cosby with any meaningful relief, and thus this appeal is moot. The contents of the documents are a matter of public knowledge, and we cannot pretend that we could change that fact by ordering them resealed.”
August 17, 2016
Cosby replaces his lead attorney, the Washington D.C.-based Monique Pressley, with Angela Agrusa who is the head of litigation of Liner L.L.P., based in L.A. and N.Y.C. firm. Last month, Agrusa replaced Christopher Tayback, Cosby’s L.A.-based attorney. Gloria Allred tells People magazine that Cosby is “playing musical chairs” with his defense team and “will not be able to avoid having to face a jury in a court of law.”
September 6, 2016
Cosby’s trial date is set for June 5, 2017. Though the court hoped to schedule the trial months earlier, Cosby’s attorney was “extraordinarily over-scheduled.”

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Trial Can Proceed, Judge Rules

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Prosecutors in Pennsylvania on Tuesday crossed their final hurdle to bring Bill Cosby to trial on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman he once mentored, with a judge ruling that enough evidence existed for the case to move forward.

While Mr. Cosby is fighting numerous civil cases involving similar accusations, the ruling, by Judge Elizabeth A. McHugh, means that the once popular entertainer must face at least one of his accusers in a criminal proceeding, likely to take place here this year.

“This case will move forward,” Judge McHugh told the crowded courtroom in Montgomery County Courthouse.

The hearing, while routine, attracted widespread attention, with more than 100 members of the news media and public packed into the courtroom, and 50 others were seated in an overflow room nearby.

The day came more than 11 years after Andrea Constand, a former Temple University staff member, took her complaint to the police about what she said was a drugging and sexual assault at Mr. Cosby’s home near here in early 2004.

Although a former district attorney in Montgomery County chose not to pursue charges in 2005, current prosecutors reopened the investigation last year after many other women came forward with similar accusations against Mr. Cosby. The move also followed the publication last summer of parts of a deposition Mr. Cosby gave in a 2005 civil suit brought by Ms. Constand, in which he admitted obtaining quaaludes as part of his efforts to have sex with other women.

Mr. Cosby, 78, who sat flanked by his three lawyers throughout the hearing, stood at the end and said, “Thank you.”

The judge wished him luck.

The ruling, a formal requirement for criminal trials in Pennsylvania, ended a first round of legal skirmishing that began as soon as the charges were filed five months ago.

Mr. Cosby’s lawyers had argued that the former district attorney promised never to prosecute Mr. Cosby as a way to induce him to testify in the civil suit brought by Ms. Constand, which was ultimately settled. But at a hearing in February, a trial court judge dismissed the defense’s challenges.

Now a second round of potential legal battles begins. After the ruling, Mr. Cosby waived a formal arraignment, which means he automatically enters a plea of not guilty. The case now moves back up to the state’s trial court level, where another judge will be assigned. That judge will set a trial date.

Mr. Cosby’s lawyers are then likely to battle to suppress evidence including Mr. Cosby’s deposition from the 2005 civil case because confidentiality was part of the settlement.

Mr. Cosby is also expected to fight any attempt to introduce evidence from other women who have come forward.

A taste of that battle came on Tuesday during the contentious three-and-a-half-hour hearing.

Brian J. McMonagle, Mr. Cosby’s lawyer who led the cross-examination, attacked the prosecution for relying on a statement Ms. Constand gave to the police in 2005 rather than calling her as a witness.

Also entered as evidence was a 2005 statement Mr. Cosby gave to the police during an interview in New York, parts of which were read by the police chief of Cheltenham Township, where Mr. Cosby’s home is. Mr. Cosby described giving Ms. Constand the same over the counter medication he typically took to relax. He said she had taken it willingly.

Mr. McMonagle said that using the report of a 12-year-old event that Ms. Constand did not tell the police about until a year later was denying Mr. Cosby the right to confront his accuser. “This citizen deserves more,” he said.

The defense team noted the fact that Ms. Constand had made revisions to her police statement, and cited earlier encounters between her and Mr. Cosby, including one when Mr. Cosby touched her thigh. Despite this, Ms. Constand still returned to his home, they said.

Afterward, at a news conference outside the courthouse, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said that for Tuesday’s hearing, the prosecution had only to show there was enough evidence to establish a case that a crime had been committed and that the defendant was connected to it.

“We are here because we want to seek the truth,” Mr. Steele said.

Mr. Cosby was helped from the courtroom by his aides without speaking further. His lawyers got into a separate car and, when asked how Mr. Cosby was feeling, said nothing beyond one of them offering a thumbs-up.

Bill Cosby Charged in Sexual Assault Case

The authorities in Montgomery County, Pa., announced criminal charges on Wednesday against the entertainer Bill Cosby stemming from a woman’s accusation that he drugged and sexually abused her at his home in Cheltenham Township, a suburb north of Philadelphia, in 2004.

Kevin Steele, Montgomery County’s district attorney-elect, said that Mr. Cosby faces a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault in the episode. He said the investigation that led to the charge involved a “relationship” with the victim, Andrea Constand, that stemmed from her work with the Temple University basketball team.

Mr. Cosby became a “mentor” and “friend” to Ms. Constand, and at one point she went to Mr. Cosby’s home, where he made two sexual advances that were rejected, Mr. Steele said. According to the accusations, Mr. Cosby then urged her to take pills and drink wine until she was unable to move.

“The evidence is strong and sufficient to proceed,” Mr. Steele said. He added: “A person in that state cannot give consent.”

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Bill Cosby during a January performance in Denver.CreditBrennan Linsley/Associated Press 

Mr. Cosby will be arraigned on Wednesday. Mr. Steele said his office was examining evidence related to other alleged victims, but the charges announced on Wednesday related to just one victim.

Dozens of women have come forward in recent years to accuse Mr. Cosby of sexual misconduct and assault. He has denied the allegations and this month opened a lawsuitagainst seven of the women, accusing them of defamation and denying their allegations.

There was no immediate response to the charges from Mr. Cosby’s lawyer.

A statement from the district attorney’s office said the victim ingested three blue pills along with the wine and water. She felt “frozen” and “paralyzed” as she was being assaulted, it said.

In 2005, Mr. Cosby was deposed in a lawsuit filed by Ms. Constand. During four days of questioning in that deposition, Mr. Cosby presented himself as an unapologetic playboy but not a sexual predator. He said he immediately felt romantic interest in Ms. Constand and described a patient courtship.

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Document: Excerpts From Bill Cosby’s Deposition

He considered himself a mentor, offering advice and professional contacts, he said. Soon after they met, he invited her to his home, offering an intimate dinner with Cognac, dimmed lights and a fire, he said.

He did not try to kiss her that night, he said, because he did not sense that she wanted him to. But he said they had a “sexual moment” at their next dinner. Their association continued for years but ended, Mr. Cosby said, when he gave her one and a half pills of Benadryl at his home to relieve stress, and they kissed and had sexual contact.

Dolores M. Troiani, Ms. Constand’s lawyer, said she believed it to be a much more powerful drug.

After Ms. Constand moved home to Canada, Mr. Cosby spoke on the phone to Ms. Constand’s mother, who was distraught over her daughter’s accusations. Mr. Cosby wanted Ms. Constand to tell her mother it was consensual, he said.

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Andrea Constand, pictured in 1987, in Toronto.CreditRon Bull/The Toronto Star, via The Canadian Press, via Associated Press 

“Tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother how we talked,” he said he recalled thinking.

Worried that they might try to embarrass him, he offered to help pay for Ms. Constand’s education, he said.

The district attorney’s office’s statement said that the charges were made possible by new information that came to light in July 2015.

It said that after Ms. Constand moved back to Canada and disclosed to her mother what had happened, the women informed the Canadian authorities, who told the authorities in Pennsylvania.

According to the criminal complaint, which sought an arrest warrant for Mr. Cosby, he was alleged to have “substantially impaired” the woman’s ability to control her conduct “for the purpose of preventing resistance.”

Bill Cosby Deposition Reveals Calculated Pursuit of Young Women, Using Fame, Drugs and Deceit

He was not above seducing a young model by showing interest in her father’s cancer. He promised other women his mentorship and career advice before pushing them for sex acts. And he tried to use financial sleight of hand to keep his wife from finding out about his serial philandering.

Bill Cosby admitted to all of this and more over four days of intense questioning 10 years ago at a Philadelphia hotel, where he defended himself in a deposition for a lawsuit filed by a young woman who accused him of drugging and molesting her.

Even as Mr. Cosby denied he was a sexual predator who assaulted many women, he presented himself in the deposition as an unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women — a profile at odds with the popular image he so long enjoyed, that of father figure and public moralist.

In the deposition, which Mr. Cosby has for years managed to keep private but was obtained by The New York Times, the entertainer comes across as alternately annoyed, mocking, occasionally charming and sometimes boastful, often blithely describing sexual encounters in graphic detail. He talked of the 19-year-old aspiring model who sent him her poem and ended up on his sofa, where, Mr. Cosby said, she pleasured him with lotion.

He spoke with casual disregard about ending a relationship with another model so he could pursue other women. “Moving on,” was his phrase.

He suggested he was skilled in picking up the nonverbal cues that signal a woman’s consent.

“I think I’m a pretty decent reader of people and their emotions in these romantic sexual things, whatever you want to call them,” he said.

Through it all, his manner was largely one of casual indifference.

At one point in the first day of questioning, Dolores M. Troiani, the lawyer for the plaintiff in the case, Andrea Constand, a young woman who worked at Temple University as a basketball manager, seemed struck by Mr. Cosby’s jocular manner.

“I think you’re making light of a very serious situation,” she said, to which Mr. Cosby replied: “That may very well be.”

Interest in Mr. Cosby’s deposition grew this month when a federal judgeunsealed a 62-page memorandum of law in the case, which had been settled in 2006. The memorandum contained excerpts from the deposition, including Mr. Cosby’s acknowledgment that he had obtained quaaludes as part of his effort to have sex with women.

The parties have been prohibited from releasing the memorandum because of a confidentiality clause that was part of the settlement agreement, but the deposition itself was never sealed. This month, Ms. Constand’s lawyer asked the court to lift the confidentiality clause so her client would be free to release the nearly 1,000-page deposition transcript. The Times later learned that the transcript was already publicly available through a court reporting service.

Mr. Cosby has never been charged with a crime and has repeatedly denied the accusations of sexual assault, now leveled by dozens of women. David Brokaw, Mr. Cosby’s publicist, did not respond to requests for comment on Saturday. Ms. Troiani declined to comment. In three suits, women who accused Mr. Cosby of sexual misconduct are pursuing civil claims against him. In addition, the Los Angeles police have said they are reviewing a complaint of a sexual nature against Mr. Cosby.

While Mr. Cosby described encounters with many women through the course of his deposition, it is through his long and detailed descriptions of his relationship with Ms. Constand, who is much younger, that Mr. Cosby’s attitudes, proclivities and approach to women are most clearly revealed. Ms. Constand was present for at least some of Mr. Cosby’s testimony in the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia.

An Interest Piqued

First spotting her at Temple University in the early 2000s, Mr. Cosby said he felt romantic interest immediately (“She’s good-looking”), and began a relationship that led, in his telling, to dinners and more.

Asked how he wooed her, Mr. Cosby, who has been married since 1964, responded: “Inviting her to my house, talking to her about personal situations dealing with her life, growth, education.”

He painted his relationship with Ms. Constand as one of mentor and mentee, casting himself in the role of an experienced guide and offering her the benefit of his contacts, fame and experience.

At times he described becoming frustrated after Ms. Constand failed to follow his advice, such as when he wanted her to pursue her interest in sports broadcasting by calling someone and she did not. “Here’s a mentor, Bill Cosby, who is in the business, Bill Cosby, who happens to know something about what to do and Andrea is not picking up on it,” he said.

Ms. Constand ultimately went to the police to complain of Mr. Cosby’s behavior, but in his telling, his seduction was one of persistence and patience.

Early on in his courtship, he arranged an intimate meal alone with her at his Pennsylvania home, complete with Cognac, dimmed lights and a fire, he said. At one point he led her to his back porch, out of sight from his chef. “I take her hair and I pull it back and I have her face like this,” he said. “And I’m talking to her …And I talked to her about relaxing, being strong. And I said to her, come in, meaning her body.”

But the two remained inches apart, he said, and he did not try to kiss her because he did not sense she wanted him to. Nevertheless, at the next dinner he said they had what he described as a “sexual moment,” short of intercourse. He described her afterward as having “a glow.”

Expounding on his philosophy about sex, Mr. Cosby said he tended to refrain from intercourse because he did not want women to fall in love with him. To him, he said, the act of sexual intercourse “is something that I feel the woman will succumb to more of a romance and more of a feeling, not love, but it’s deeper than a playful situation.” As far as he and Ms. Constand went, he said, they were “playing sex, we’re playing, petting, we’re playing.”

Was he in love with her? “No.”

Yet the association endured for a few years, until one night at his Pennsylvania home, when Ms. Constand said Mr. Cosby drugged and molested her.

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Left to right, Rebecca Lynn Neal, Gloria Allred, a lawyer, and Beth Ferrier. Ms. Neal and Ms. Ferrier were witnesses in a 2005 lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand accusing Bill Cosby of sexual battery.CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Mr. Cosby said he gave her one and a half tablets of Benadryl to relieve stress, they kissed and had sexual contact. Her lawyer said she believed it was a much more powerful drug.

Some time later, after Ms. Constand had moved home to Canada, Mr. Cosby spoke with Ms. Constand’s mother on the telephone. The mother, he said, was upset about what her daughter said Mr. Cosby had done, describing the experience as “a mother’s nightmare.”

In the deposition, he said he was worried that Ms. Constand’s mother would think of him as a “dirty old man.”

During the call, Mr. Cosby told the deposing lawyers, he wanted Ms. Constand to tell her mother “about the orgasm” so that she would realize it was consensual.

“Tell your mother about the orgasm. Tell your mother how we talked,” he said he remembered thinking.

Subsequently, concerned that Ms. Constand and her mother might seek to embarrass him, he said he offered to help pay for Ms. Constand’s further education. Years earlier, he offered to reward another woman, Therese Serignese, whom he had met at the Las Vegas Hilton in 1976, with money as a bonus for good grades.

Hiding His Behavior

It is difficult to say to what extent Mr. Cosby’s wife, Camille, was aware of her husband’s womanizing, though it was certainly clear to her by 1997, when Mr. Cosby acknowledged an affair. Mrs. Cosby suggested at the time that there had been marital problems but they had put them behind them.

Still, in the deposition, Mr. Cosby, 78, described going to some lengths to hide his behavior, blocking a magazine article to avoid publicity and funneling money to one woman through his agent so “Mrs. Cosby” wouldn’t find out.

In the case of Ms. Constand, who never sought any funds, Mr. Cosby said he imagined his wife would have known he was helping with her education. But, he said, “My wife would not know it was because Andrea and I had had sex and that Andrea was now very, very upset and that she decided that she would like to go to school.”

While Mr. Cosby insisted the only drug he had given Ms. Constand was Benadryl, he was open about his access in the 1970s to quaaludes, a sedative also popular as a party drug.

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Mr. Cosby performing in Florida in November. CreditPhelan M. Ebenhack/Associated Press

He said he obtained seven prescriptions for them over two to three years from a doctor in Los Angeles, ostensibly for a sore back but in reality to give to women.

He admitted to giving young women quaaludes at that time “the same as a person would say have a drink,” he said, but not without their knowledge.

Though he portrayed the drug-taking and sex as consensual, Mr. Cosby — when asked whether Ms. Serignese was in a position to consent to sexual intercourse after he gave her quaaludes in 1976 — said: “I don’t know.”

Joseph Cammarata, a lawyer for Ms. Serignese and two other women who are suing Mr. Cosby for defamation, said of the deposition: “This information is important because it sheds light on the private practices of a man who holds himself out as a public moralist.”

A Life of Wealth

During the questioning, Mr. Cosby cast himself as a sensitive and attentive supporter of Ms. Constand, though his tone changed when addressing Ms. Constand in the present tense.

Asked by Ms. Constand’s lawyer about how he felt when Ms. Constand cried during her own deposition, Mr. Cosby was unsparing: “I think Andrea is a liar and I know she’s a liar because I was there. I was there.”

And he could be dispassionate in recalling former relationships. With a woman named Beth Ferrier, a model he met in the 1980s, he recalled inquiring after her career and her father, who had died of cancer.

“Did you ask her those questions because you wanted to have sexual contact with her?” Ms. Troiani asked.

“Yes,” Mr. Cosby responded.

Still, he said he viewed himself as a good person, worthy of trust, and chivalrous in his desire to never tell others about the women with whom he had sex.

“I am a man, the only way you will hear about who I had sex with is from the person I had it with,” he said.

In some passages, Mr. Cosby offered a glimpse into a life long insulated by perks and wealth. Some idiosyncrasies are revealed, like his penchant for sweatpants (he had at least 100, he said), how he used the name Seymour Rapaport as an alias in the 1970s and 1980s when he traveled, and how many of his employees signed confidentiality agreements.

In the deposition, Mr. Cosby described sexual liaisons — he sometimes calls them rendezvous — with at least five women, and having a “romantic” interest in two more, in locations like Denver, Las Vegas and New York and Pennsylvania, in hotels or in one of his homes.

In the court case, 13 women came forward with anonymous sworn statements to support Ms. Constand, saying that they, too, had been molested in some way by Mr. Cosby. But they never had a chance to pursue their claims in court because, six months after the fourth and final day of his deposition, Mr. Cosby settled the case with Ms. Constand on undisclosed terms. His deposition was filed away, another document in a settled court case, until now.

Whoopi does a 180 on defending Cosby

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Bill Cosby’s last prominent public supporter, Whoopi Goldberg, dramatically changed her mind on Tuesday.

After taking intense heat for defending him as “innocent until proven guilty” of allegations he raped and drugged dozens of women over decades, Goldberg concluded on The View that there is no legal way to prove his guilt.

Therefore, she said, he can only be tried in the court of public opinion, as is happening at the moment.

“And I gotta say all the information out there kind of points to guilt,” she said. “I can’t say anymore, ‘innocent until proven guilty’ because there’s no way to prove it.

“It looks bad, Bill,” she said, addressing Cosby.

Goldberg, who says she’s gotten death threats for her stance up to now on Cosby, brought on ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams to discuss Cosby, interviewing him about how the criminal justice system handles rape allegations and state statutes of limitation.

Someone is innocent until proven guilty in the U.S. justice system, but this only applies when someone is arrested, charged and is tried, Abrams said.

That hasn’t happened with Cosby and probably won’t because the allegations against him are so old they fall outside the statutes of limitation. If the public objects, the public has to pressure state legislatures to change the law, he said.

“If you want to do something you say to your legislators, women should be able to come forward when they decide to come forward, not forced into a particular time frame,” Abrams said. “You have to change the laws.”

Meanwhile, he said, the public is entitled to conclude that Cosby is guilty of the allegations against him, especially since the accusations seem compelling. “It’s impossible to ignore the consistency of these stories,” he said.

Goldberg said she now understands better that under the current legal system, the women who have accused Cosby have no other recourse except to do what they are doing — attempt to try him in the media.

“There’s nothing that can be done legally,” Goldberg said. “All that’s left is the court of public opinion.”

But, she added, it would have been better for all of the accusers if they had come forward earlier. Some of the women say they were sexually assaulted by Cosby in the 1960s.

“I say to women, if something happens, don’t wait because it can make it harder to prove your case later,” she said.

Director Judd Apatow has been almost as critical of Goldberg as he has of the accused Cosby, imploring her in public to believe the accusers. Comedian John Oliver last week attacked Goldberg, comparing her defense of Cosby to defending torture or Mel Gibson.

So far, neither has tweeted a reaction to Goldberg’s 180.

Goldberg was not alone in switching sides. Joseph C. Phillips, the actor who played Cosby’s son-in-law on The Cosby Show, parted ways with some of his fellow castmembers (such as Phylicia Rashad) in declaring on his website that he thinks Cosby is guilty even though he still loves him.

“Honestly, that phrase may not be enough to sufficiently describe my feelings for Bill. He was my boyhood idol. His influence on my life has been profound. I owe much of who I am to Bill Cosby,” wrote Phillips, who describes himself on Twitter as a Christian conservative.

But he was persuaded of Cosby’s guilt when a mutual old friend tearfully told him she had been assaulted by Cosby. Phillips said he was not prepared to dismiss Cosby’s brilliance or his legacy, but he had some advice for the man he still admires.

“Bill, you have a family who loves you, a wife who is devoted to you; you have more money than you can spend. Please, go live a quiet country life. Allow those of us who truly love you to preserve just a bit of our enchantment.”

Black America’s Bill Cosby Nightmare

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This week, a judge ordered that depositions given by Bill Cosby in a 2005 lawsuit be unsealed. Those depositions reveal that the actor/comedian admitted to drugging women as a prelude to raping them. Given more than three dozen accusations from Cosby’s victims dating back to the 1960s, his confession merely confirms what we already know – America’s favorite TV dad is a heartless predator who used his power and prestige to prey on women for the better part of the 20th century.

Cosby’s spectacular fall from grace has been particularly jarring for a broad, cross-generational swath of African-Americans. Some have been familiar with Cosby since the days of “I Spy.” Others know him for his most iconic roll as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” But the ignominious nature of his crimes has ironically conjured exactly the kind of shame about violent, dangerous Black male sexual predation that Cosby has so vehemently preached against. Bill Cosby has been ashamed of Black America for the better part of the 21st century. Now Black America is ashamed of Bill Cosby.

Neo-soul singer Jill Scott, a Philadelphia native like Cosby, and one of his staunchest supporters in social media, was forced to retract that support yesterday, declaring that she was “disgusted,” now that “proof” had emerged about his despicable acts. Beyond her outrage, her tweets also expressed a kind of palpable pain.

To have Bill Cosby, the most iconic representation of Black achievement and racial respectability prior to Barack and Michelle Obama emerge as a violent, sexual predator feels like too much to take. He signals just how hollow the project of racial respectability for achieving freedom really is. Many Black folks have received Cosby’s conservative tirades against Black cultural naming practices, Black educational struggles, and the prevalence of non-nuclear Black families as our brand of a tough-love tinged social gospel. Despite the fact that we vote for liberal politicians, many, many Black folks believe that improving our individual behavior is the solution to what ails us.

We now know that Cosby’s own children were raised by a violent, predatory rapist, who serially cheated on their mother.

I have seen many Black people expressing far more sadness at Cosby’s predatory behavior than outrage on behalf of his victims. For one thing, because his victims are mostly white women, there is less compulsion to identify with them, defend them or stand up for them. As the recent schism among Black and White feminists over Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video illustrates, feminism is no easy cross-racial unifier. While many white feminists decried the violence of the revenge fantasy depicted in Rihanna’s video, Black feminists like Mia McKenzie argued,

“But here’s what white feminists don’t get (and what has them fucked up): black women often see white women as the same as white men. The harm done to us by white men and white women isn’t vastly different to many of us. White women have been unapologetically violent towards black women for centuries. They’ve used the power of the state, of the police, of the courts, of the media, and of individual white men to harm black people, including black women, time and time again. They are as harmful to us as white men are.”

In this particular moment, I’ve seen far less defending of Cosby’s affluent white victims and far more lament about the kind of loss he is to the community. This is a political moment where it no longer feels safe if you are a Black person to walk down the street, go swimming, go shopping, call the police, or go about everyday life. In a prior era, when these were also the conditions that marked Black life, when state forces were more menaces than protectors, Black people decided that respectable comportment – speaking properly, having impeccable manners, obtaining a college degree, getting married – would provide buffers against unpredictable but sure onslaught of racial animus that they might encounter at any moment. By all outward appearances, this was the school of thought to which Bill Cosby subscribed. It became the text of his sermons, even in the 21st century, when it should have been clear that while over 100 years of the Black respectability experiment had yielded some notable exceptional Black achievers, it still had not done very much for the masses of Black people. Ever the optimists of the American Republic, Black people by and large agreed with Cosby. We internalized the shame that Cosby pedaled over our inability to get our men to act right and marry us, our penchant for having more babies than marriages, and our love for children named sometimes after what we perceived to be top-shelf liquor.

While too many Black folks have been busy trying to live up to the Huxtable ideal, Cosby terrorized countless women, drugging them, raping them, and sometimes trying to buy their silence. That he chose as victims the one group of women that Black men are warned away from almost from birth, because the trauma of lynchings past still haunt us, only added more shame and insult to the injury.

The thing that I am most angry about besides Cosby’s violent, predatory acts toward his female victims is the collective sense of shame and disappointment that rests on the sagging shoulders of black folks in this moment. Cosby was one of our shining stars, the kind of man who could unify soul babies to their soul-loving parents. Now a collective mourning is occurring.

Many Black people feel like they have lost the only father model that they ever had. And while I have never been enamored with Cosby or Cliff Huxtable as a father figure, I can affirm that the mourning for fatherhood lost is a real and legitimate pain. For many Black men, Cosby now legitimates every awful thing that white people have been conditioned to think is true about Black men. If the innocuous, lovable, jello-pudding-pop man can’t be trusted, then no Black man can.

In a movement for Black Lives that has as one of its central concerns debunking the myth of Black male violence and criminality, Cosby has made the struggle that much harder. For those of us concerned about a refusal within Black communities to forthrightly confront and deal with the problem of rape culture, the sense of loss that Black men and women feel over his acts makes the conversation that much harder to have.Sometimes because the pain is too much to bear and the wounds are too gaping to look at, I rush forward into analysis. Years of academic training make it an often satisfying escape. And my analytic mind says that it has long been time to throw off the vestiges of our belief in a shiny Black patriarchy that will anchor us, grant us stability and save us. That is not the collective Black story. It never has been. It never will be. My analysis tells me that.

But our grief tells me that Cosby was a real father to so many. To people for whom “play cousins” are a legitimate family category and fictive kin is a way of life, that Cliff Huxtable was merely a TV character is almost irrelevant. Real is relative. He and his family represented a particular kind of possibility. That there are other kinds of possibilities that we have the power to dream and make real is not the thing people want to hear in their grief. Instead, we want not to live in a country where white supremacy and patriarchy take everything we hold dear away from us. Hope is in short supply these days. And while most have resolved that we must let Bill Cosby go, the letting go feels like letting go of a little bit more of our hope.

Activists Call For Removal Of Bill Cosby’s Star From Walk Of Fame

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – A coalition of black civil rights activists is calling on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to remove Bill Cosby’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The activists, including Earl Ofari Hutchinson, called for the star’s removal Thursday.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce released a statement saying it has never removed a star from the walk and will not do so in Cosby’s case.

Most of the activists previously remained largely neutral on the allegations against Cosby. But they made the request after recently released court documents from a 2005 disposition, where Cosby acknowledged buying Quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with.

More than two dozen women have accused Crosby of sexual misconduct. The comedian denied some accusations and has not addressed the others.