Bill Cosby has been an American icon for decades. As Dr. Cliff Huxtable, he was star of The Cosby Show and the quintessential American father. He wrote the bestseller Fatherhood and was a spokesman for Jell-O, Coca-Cola, and other venerable American institutions. His comedy act has sold out theaters around the world.
How tragically things have changed. A comedian recently called him a “rapist” in a video that has now gone viral; last week a woman wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post claiming that Cosby assaulted her numerous times. The allegations go back to 2005, when a woman claimed that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his home. He denied the allegations. More than a dozen women (one of them wrote the recent Washington Post article) then said they were prepared to testify to similar stories of assault; the case was settled before going to trial.