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Post by Nama on Tue Dec 09, 2014 10:28 pm

"South Park" is targeting this year's most notable - and notorious - celebs in its holiday episode.

The episode was previewed in a 30-second clip released Tuesday, and features a bevy of "appearances" by stars in animated form.

Among those parodied are Iggy Azalea, Miley Cyrus, Al Pacino, U2, Angelina Jolie, Lady Gaga and the "holograms" of late music stars Kurt Cobain and Michael Jackson.

Most notably, Taylor Swift and Bill Cosby are featured on the episode together, with the two sitting on a couch and Cosby holding a glass of wine.

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OMG!!!! Cannot STAND South Park!!

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What is everyone's opinion re: Bill Cosby? If you feel the allegations are true, why do you think it took so long for these women to open up??

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Post by Nama on Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:44 am

I've never watched South Park.  Some of those woman did speak up and they were shut down.  How do you fight someone like Cosby that has power, status and money?

As to Playboy, Masten says she told her supervisor soon after she claimed Cosby had drugged and raped her at a Chicago hotel.
"She said to me, 'You know that's Hef's best friend, right?'" Masten recounted, referring to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. "I said, 'Yes.' She said, 'Well, nobody is going to believe you. I suggest you keep your mouth shut.'"


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Normal Dr. Huxtable & Mr. Hyde......very good read!

Post by Nama on Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:57 am

Who is Bill Cosby? What’s happened to the man who taught us to laugh at ourselves — and what do we do with him now?

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Post by Nama on Wed Dec 10, 2014 12:06 pm

The word “somnophiliac,” meaning someone who is aroused by sex with a person who is asleep or unconscious, has popped up in several articles related to the recent Cosby allegations. Could the man once dubbed “America’s dad” indeed be a somnophiliac who wanted to have sex with unconscious women?

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Post by NiteSpinR on Wed Dec 10, 2014 4:51 pm

IMO
Somnophilia
describes  someone who wants to have sex with a person whom they can do anything to sexually without regard for their actions and without negative judgement of their inadequate sexual performance.

Also IMO
IF Cosby was innocent of these accusations he would be suing the crap out of all these women for defamation of character (and any other thing his lawyer could come up with). There's a simple explanation as to why this isn't being addressed in a courtroom; Cosby is afraid of the truth becoming public in transcribed court records.

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inadequate sexual performance  

I'm sure he would never admit that his performance or lack of it was a problem!  Think he drugs his wife before they have sex?

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No... I'm sure his wife is pacified by having his name and wealth.

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As soon as the however many seconds pass for the "ad" that can't be loaded the video will start. Put a date in and just bide your time till then.


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Post by Nama on Thu Dec 11, 2014 4:42 pm

When Bruce L. Castor Jr., then the Montgomery County district attorney, decided not to file sexual-assault charges against the comedian Bill Cosby in 2005, it wasn't because he didn't believe the woman who said Cosby had drugged and groped her.

"Now I can say I thought he did it," Castor said in an interview Wednesday. "But back then, I would have been accused of tainting the jury that was going to hear the civil case."

Castor's revelation was not entirely new. Since leaving the District Attorney's Office, he has said that he believed a crime occurred but that there was not enough evidence to win a conviction.

But with allegations from several accusers resurfacing against Cosby in recent weeks - and going viral on social media - the former prosecutor's words are getting newfound attention.

On Wednesday, NBC canceled a proposed family-oriented Cosby sitcom, and Netflix this week pulled back from a Cosby stand-up special that was supposed to premiere on Thanksgiving.

Through his attorneys, Cosby denied the allegations in 2005 - the Philadelphia lawsuit filed against him by one accuser was settled out of court - and he did so again this week. The 77-year-old Philadelphia native has refused in interviews to answer any questions about the women.

In the years since the first women went public, Cosby had remained "America's Dad," a figure beloved nationwide and nowhere more so than in his hometown. He has continued philanthropic efforts, lent his personal art collection to the Smithsonian Institution, and given speeches at colleges, funerals, and parades.

In October, he was unanimously reelected to Temple University's board of trustees. Over the summer, a statewide poll ranked Cosby the second-greatest Pennsylvanian in history - behind Benjamin Franklin.

The claims about him have come from more than a dozen women, but much of the attention has focused on Andrea Constand, the only one to take her case to court.

Constand, then 31, was working for Temple's athletic department when she met Cosby, one of the school's most prominent alumni and boosters. Constand told police Cosby invited her to his Cheltenham mansion in 2004 to provide career advice. He gave her a pill, she alleged, and groped her while she felt too groggy to resist.

Castor's office investigated the case and interviewed several women who said they were similarly assaulted by Cosby.

Detectives who interviewed the star "thought he was being evasive," Castor said.

But as Constand waited a year to report the alleged assault, there was no way to trace DNA evidence or drugs in her system, he said.

"The year delay was insurmountable," the former prosecutor said.

After the criminal case was dropped, Constand filed a civil suit, and her attorney said 13 other women had promised to come forward and testify.

Some of those women have since identified themselves, including Barbara Bowman, who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post; Tamara Green, a lawyer and former model; and Beth Ferrier, who told the Philadelphia Daily News that Cosby drugged her and left her in a car. Two others - former actress Joan Tarshis and former supermodel Janice Dickinson - came forward this week, alleging that Cosby drugged and assaulted them decades ago.

Cosby's attorneys have denied the claims, calling them "preposterous" and "discredited." (A statement posted on Cosby's website said the denials were not intended to refer to Constand's allegation.)

Castor said Constand's case "probably was the closest in his life that [Cosby] came to getting arrested."

The statute of limitations for such charges typically runs five years.

At the time, Castor took some criticism for not proceeding with the case.

"We find in our agency that sometimes it takes people 10 years to come forward," Carole Johnson, executive director of Women Organized Against Rape, said in March 2005.

Now a county commissioner, Castor said he was surprised to be inundated with calls about the case because nothing about it had changed.

When he announced that no charges would be filed, Castor said, he tried to craft the statement "in such a way that anyone reading it would know he had done something wrong, but . . . I was walking a fine line" to avoid tainting a jury in a civil trial.

Castor also dismissed the notion that the allegations were somehow swept under the rug at the time.

"It was covered hugely," he said, recalling articles from China to Europe and across U.S. media. "Other than some of the murder cases I had, it was covered more widely than any other case I worked on."

Cosby still owns the home where Constand's assault allegedly occurred - a 6,000-square-foot stone mansion built in 1800, about 10 miles north of Center City. He bought the house in 1983 from Fitz Eugene Dixon, heir to the Widener and Elkins fortunes and onetime owner of the 76ers.

If there's one good thing that comes out of the revived allegations, Castor said, it's that with new technology and social media, "there's safety in numbers. . . . It's an incentive for people who are true victims to come forward, by letting them know that it happens more frequently than you think, and that law enforcement will treat it seriously."

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Normal Notice Cosby does NOT want this to be shown..WTH?? WHY do the interview??

Post by Wrapitup on Sat Dec 13, 2014 4:06 am

He's toast. Back in the 80's when his show was such a hit, no one would have believed these women..some of them semi-famous..now..they are coming out of the woodwork. It truly is hard to fathom given his stellar reputation as a family man and upstanding person. Just goes to show you that one never Really knows what's behind the mask.

I was watching "The View" a few weeks ago and Rosie O'Donnell was saying he is guilty (paraphrasing). All the others said the media is playing this to the hilt..thereby making it look worse than it really is..Goldberg compared it to Tiger Woods..I sat there in shock..how can you compare having consensual sex w/multiple women to drugging them? Just unreal!

O'Donnell made the point that NONE of these women are seeking one thin dime..

And Yes, if he were innocent he would be taking a poly and defending himself..it's truly mindboggling.

Nite, too funny reference your comment about Cosby's wife.


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Heard on Dr. Drew he had 7 different prescriptions.

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Now that Bill Cosby has acknowledged under oath that he procured drugs to obtain sex, what happens next in the effort by dozens of women to make him pay for alleged sexual abuse going back decades?

The short answer is: No one knows. Meanwhile, he's paying, and big time, in the court of public opinion.

"He's being punished very severely in the press, he's lost a lot of income, he may lose it all going forward, no one will hire him, I'd be stunned if anyone ever did again," says entertainment attorney Jerry Reisman of New York.

"We forgive in America, but we don't forgive murderers or terrorists, and an (alleged) serial rapist we're not going to forgive."

Instead, Cosby's accusers, now numbering nearly 50, are crying, "Validation!" on CNN. Their lawyers are near-gleeful with anticipation at winning lawsuits filed against him. At least one accuser is still hoping to pursue criminal charges against him, even though the likelihood of success is small.

Some of his longtime defenders, such as singer Jill Scott, have changed their minds, tweeting new-found disgust. TV networks that ran reruns of his popular comedy shoes have yanked them from schedules.

In Washington, the Smithsonian announced it will keep his world-class art collection on exhibit because it's more about the art and the artists than the owner.

But Walt Disney World could not bear the scrutiny: Late Tuesday, officials removed a bronze bust of Cosby from the Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida.

In Philadelphia, the city's Mural Arts Program is speeding up plans to remove a work featuring Cosby, which celebrates Father's Day and shows Cosby between Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It went up in 2008 but was already on the removal list because the wall under a train bridge where it's painted is in bad shape.

And now a sexual assault awareness group is calling on President Obama to revoke the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Cosby in 2002. Such a move has never been done before and would raise thorny legal and political questions for a White House committed to sexual assault prevention.

The one thing very clear on Wednesday is that Cosby — his career, his reputation, his business, philanthropic and personal relationships — is toast, even more burned than when allegations reemerged last fall that he regularly drugged and raped young women in encounters going back to the mid-1960s.

Now, thanks to the unsealing of court documents in a 10-year-old civil lawsuit against him in Philadelphia, he in on record admitting to at least one aspect of the pattern his accusers say he followed: He obtained a powerful prescription narcotic, quaaludes, to give to women he wanted to bed.

In his testimony in a 2005 deposition, Cosby suggested these encounters were consensual. His accusers say he drugged them without their knowledge and then sexually assaulted them.

The proof of either assertion has yet to be established in a court of law, but here's where the Cosby case stands so far:

What does Cosby say?
Nothing. None of his lawyers, including the main one, Marty Singer, have responded to the new developments. Singer has said only that a statement purporting to be from the Cosby camp is "not authorized."

Cosby's longtime publicist, David Brokaw, has not released a statement. His most recent publicist, Andrew Wyatt of Purpose PR, who released videos of Cosby thanking fans during his recent tour, has not responded to calls and emails.

What do accusers say?
Here's what one of the more public accusers said, which echoes what others have been saying on TV.

"I never thought I would be validated or vindicated in this," said Joan Tarshis, of Woodstock, N.Y., who wrote an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in November in which she accused Cosby of drugging and attacking her when she was 19 and breaking into comedy writing in 1969.

"I mean, it's turned my life around 180 because now all the people that haven't believed me or us have come out, most of them, and said, 'We were wrong.' "

What do their lawyers say?
Because statutes of limitation have expired in almost all the cases, accusers have turned to civil courts to file lawsuits against Cosby, and the new development may inspire more.

At least two suits in Massachusetts and in California, have been filed accusing Cosby of defaming accusers for denying, through his spokesmen, that he drugged or raped them, thus suggesting they were liars.

Lisa Bloom and Joseph Cammarata, who represent four accusers between them, say Cosby's testimony will help them prove that the underlying drugging and rapes alleged in their lawsuits did in fact happen.

"This is an admission against his interest and establishes one of the issues in the case in our favor," Bloom says.

Her client, model Janice Dickinson, is still unsatisfied "in her soul" by Cosby's admission but she is willing to drop her lawsuit if Cosby apologizes.

"She said she doesn't feel vindicated," Bloom said Wednesday to USA TODAY. "She's not going to feel vindicated until he acknowledges what he did to her and he apologizes...And if he will do that, we will drop the case."

What do other lawyers say?
Will Cosby's testimony in the 2005 lawsuit be admissible in other cases, in other courts, in other states now? Maybe not, says Reisman, a partner in Reisman, Peirez, Reisman and Capobianco in Garden City, N.Y.

"What he did years ago does not prove that he did (the same thing) today," says Reisman. "Except if he's called to testify in a pending lawsuit, then they can use his earlier testimony to impeach whatever statement he makes today.I think it can be admissible solely for that purpose, not for the purpose of whether he defamed (an accuser) or not."

And even then it might be difficult to admit as evidence, he says, because of different standards and different judges and different state laws.

What about criminal charges?
Probably not on the rape accusations because most are too old. Last week, prosecutors in New Jersey, where there is no statute of limitations, elected not to pursue charges against Cosby sought by accuser Lili Bernard, a former The Cosby Show actress who says Cosby drugged and raped her in the early 1990s in New Jersey.

One accuser, Las Vegas dancer Chloe Goins, is trying to pursue criminal charges in Los Angeles. She says he drugged and raped her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008, when she was 18. But it's not clear whether California's complicated statute of limitations will apply.

Still, Los Angeles police have said they would investigate any sexual assault accusations against Cosby, regardless. A police spokeswoman, Det. Meghan Aguilar, told NPR there is at least one open criminal investigation but declined to give details because the case is ongoing.

But now a new criminal threat against Cosby — possible perjury —has emerged. The 2005 lawsuit in which he gave the deposition was filed by Andrea Constand, a Temple University basketball official who says Cosby drugged and raped her in his Philadelphia home in 2004.

Constand tried to pursue criminal charges but waited too long to collect physical evidence of drug ingestion. So she filed the lawsuit instead; it was settled in 2006 and its terms were sealed.

Bruce Castor is the former suburban Philadelphia prosecutor who declined to bring charges against Cosby at the time, citing a lack of evidence. Even if he had known about Cosby's admission at the time, it still wouldn't be evidence of a crime, he said Tuesday.

But it might be evidence of something else. Castor told The Associated Press that if he is elected, he will review the unsealed court documents to see if he can prove that Cosby lied in that case. Perjury is a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania, punishable by up to seven years in prison.

What do Cosby's TV wife and his real wife say?
So far, nothing, although both actress Phylicia Rashad, his wife on The Cosby Show, and Camille Cosby, his wife of 61 years, have strongly defended him in the past nine months.

But they are under pressure now, too, on social media and from Cosby's longtime detractors, such as Judd Apatow.

"I hope Camille Cosby and Phylicia Rashad will now stand with the victims and not with their attacker," he told Esquire magazine on Tuesday.

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He is a perv!! Bottom line!!

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The revelation this week that Bill Cosby admitted under oath to buying quaaludes to give to young women to have sex rocked the entertainment world and added fuel to the allegations that the comedian had drugged and sexually assaulted several women. But it also raised the question: Why would Cosby, who had the ability to hire the best legal counsel money could buy, make such a damning admission in the first place?

It turns out that Cosby’s disclosure about the quaaludes—which came during a 2005 deposition— may not have been as legally explosive then as it appears now.

Benjamin Brafman, a prominent New York criminal defense attorney, who does not represent Cosby, said the partial transcript of the deposition released by the Associated Press does not show that Cosby violated a law. Cosby apparently obtained quaaludes through a prescription, the AP reported.

In the deposition, which stemmed from a sexual abuse case against Cosby filed by a former Temple University employee, Cosby was asked by a lawyer, “When you got the quaaludes [in the 1970s], was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?” Cosby answered, “Yes.”

Brafman said the transcript is damaging to Cosby and “will haunt him for the rest of his life,” but it does not show that he committed a crime.

“There is no acknowledgement that he gave the quaalude to someone underage, or to a woman who wasn’t consenting,” Brafman told TIME. “Quaalude was the love drug of choice in those years. Doctors were lawfully prescribing it in those years.”

Brafman pointed out that Cosby could have been court-ordered to give the deposition, and it would have been worse if he had lied under oath.

“You don’t know what prompted the lawyer to ask the question,” Brafman said. “They may have had copies of prescriptions or testimony of doctors. For Cosby, making the admission under oath, even though it is damaging, it is preferable to perjury.”

Brafman added: “From a public relations standpoint, it is a disaster, but I’m not sure it necessarily advances the ball in terms of any legal proceedings.”

But lawyers representing women who say Cosby sexually assaulted them disagree, saying Cosby’s admission adds weight to their accusations. “The women have been saying they’ve been drugged and abused, and these documents appear to support the allegations,” lawyer Joe Cammarata, who represents Therese Serignese, one of the women who says she was sexually assaulted by Cosby, told the AP.

Quaaludes, the brand name for methaqualone, were a popular sleeping pill in the 1960s and were used in the 1970s and ’80s as a club drug, particularly to help people come off of a cocaine high. In 1973, they were classified as a Schedule 11 federal narcotic, which means doctors could still prescribe quaaludes but it was illegal to abuse them (Adderall is a Schedule 11 drug today). In 1984 President Ronald Reagan signed a law banning the production of the drug, making it illegal. Cosby’s admission concerns a period during the 1970s, when quaaludes would have been legal with a prescription.

Philip Jenkins, a professor of history at Baylor University and the author of Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America, who spoke generally about the use of quaaludes in the ’70s and not specifically about how Bill Cosby may have used them, said that drug was indeed believed to be an aphrodisiac that consenting adults could use to have sex. “Quaaludes were something that was meant to send you to sleep,” Jenkins told TIME. “But it was also supposed to be the world’s greatest aphrodisiac. It was meant to knock you out, but also give you an overpowering sense of sexual urge.”

In 1980, Shel Silverstein, the children’s book author, penned a song popular in the era’s dorm rooms called “Quaaludes Again,” featuring a stanza about the sexual urges Quaaludes elicited:

She’s doin’ quaaludes again.

She fumbles and stumbles
And falls down the stairs,
Makes love to the leg of the dining room chair.
She’s ready for animals, women or men.

She’s doin’ quaaludes again.

But Jenkins cautioned that though quaaludes could be used to enhance sex, just like ecstasy in a later era, they have also played a role in sexual assaults against women. Director Roman Polanski was accused of giving a 13-year-old quaaludes and champagne before raping her in the late 1970s, according to the accuser’s account.

In the deposition, the question of how Cosby used the quaaludes goes unanswered.

“Did you ever give any of those young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?” Cosby was asked.

Before Cosby could respond, his lawyer intervened, saying, “Object to the question.”

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Bill Cosby’s wife says accusers ‘consented’ to drugs and sex.

Bill Cosby’s wife knows her husband is a serial philanderer, but believes his scores of accusers consented to drugs and sex, two confidants of the couple say.
Last week’s revelation that Cosby admitted during a deposition that he intended to ply women with Quaaludes before bedding them barely fazed Camille Cosby, the ­insiders told The Post.
“Camille still doesn’t believe that Bill provided drugs and had sex with women without their consent,” said a source employed by the Cosby family. “She’s well aware of his cheating, but she doesn’t believe that her husband is a rapist.”
Mrs. Cosby is “a proud, dignified but stubborn woman. You can say that she’s standing by her husband, but really, the more people stand against him, the more she perceives it as an affront to her and all that she’s done to make him a star,” said another source who’s done business with the ­Cosbys and remains close to them.
Camille Cosby, 71, who is also her 78-year-old husband’s business manager, demanded last week at a crisis meeting with advisers that their lawyers and p.r. specialists “get back out in front of this,” the business source said.
“I created him, I knew what I was getting and we’ll fix this,” she told the gathering at a meeting at the couple’s Shelburne Falls, Mass., home Tuesday night.
“They are making him out to be such a bad guy, a monster,” Camille said, according to the source.

“People are jumping ship,” she added in an apparent reference to actress Jill Scott, who now says she’s sorry for her staunch support of Cosby, and comedian Jimmy Walker, another onetime defender who now calls America’s Dad the “O.J. Simpson of comedy.”
As prosecutors in Los Angeles and Las Vegas reportedly take a closer look at Cosby’s nearly 50 alleged sexual assaults on women dating back five decades, advisers last week urged him to sever ties with virtually everyone and permanently halt any comeback attempts.
“It’s advisable that you close ranks. That means [cut off] family, Hollywood family, friends, Hollywood friends,” the star was told, according to the business partner.
Camille Cosby remains on Bill’s side, despite his constant cheating.
She “stopped being embarrassed long ago” by her husband’s affairs, the family source said, but cannot tolerate the “invasion of privacy.”
The infidelities were “personal, between Bill and I,” she’s told her circle, the source said.

According to the family source, Camille confided, “You have to allow for space to let your partner do what he wants. I have done that and [Bill] has done that and there’s no jealously, no friction.”
She said every so often the couple goes through an “evaluation period” to determine whether the marriage should continue. “She even once talked to Oprah Winfrey about cleansing herself of baggage every now and again and how it always seems to lead her back to staying with Bill,” the family source said.
Rev. Carl Dianda, the couple’s longtime spiritual adviser who presided over their marriage 51 years ago, told The Post his “heart breaks” for her.
“She made so many sacrifices for him to have a career.”
A Cosby family representative did not return calls for comment.

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Post by Nama on Sun Jul 12, 2015 11:57 pm

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Bill Cosby joked and mugged his way through a 2005 deposition where he admitted giving drugs to one woman and having plotted to give Quaaludes to others — and his kidding around about the current mass of accusations against him helped convince a judge to make his testimony public, court papers show.

Judge Eduardo Robreno unsealed hundreds of pages of documents from former Temple University employee Andrea Constand’s sexual assault and defamation case against the sullied standup at the request of the Associated Press on Monday. He cited in part Cosby’s joking about similar accusations earlier this year — and his history of being a “public moralist.”

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," he wrote.

The documents — which include excerpts from Cosby’s 2005 deposition in the case — show the sitcom star once known as “America’s Dad” cracking jokes while admitting he repeatedly cheated on his wife of four decades and plied some of the women with drugs.

"He frequently joked, made comedic faces, and gestured wildly while illustrating how he pats the ‘butts’ of high school students at the Penn Relays,” Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, complained to the judge after the deposition.

At one point, Troiani told Cosby, "I think you're making light of a very serious situation." "That may very well be," he responded.

In the September 2005 sitdown at Cosby’s lawyer’s office, the “I Spy” star acknowledged it was lust at first sight when he first caught sight of Constand at a function at his old school, Temple U.

"When did you first develop a romantic interest in Andrea?" the lawyer asked.

"Probably the first time I saw her," Cosby — then married for 41 years to wife Camille — replied.

"What was the plan when you first saw her?" the lawyer asked. "To meet her," the "Cos" replied. "And then what?" the lawyer pressed.

"And then perhaps to have some moments with her that would have to do with some sort of friendship," he said.

It was far from the first time he'd stepped out on his wife — he acknowledged in the court papers that he got prescriptions for Quaaludes to give women he wanted to have sex with in the 1970s.

He acknowledged having sex with one woman — Theresa Serignese — when she was 19 in Las Vegas in 1976, and joked about whether she was lucid during the encounter.

"I meet Ms (Redacted) in Las Vegas. She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex. I do not — I can't judge at this time what she knows about herself for 19 years, a passive personality," he said.

He also called Serignese “sweet,” and acknowledged she may have been star struck. "If anything, I think she may very well have been very happy to be around the show business surroundings," Cosby said.

Serignese could not be reached for comment Tuesday. She filed suit against Cosby earlier this year for defamation after his lawyer denied her sex and drug claims. It’s not clear whether she was previously aware of Cosby’s admission.

While he acknowledged giving Quaaludes to Serignese and “other women,” he maintained that’s not what he gave Constand during their 2004 encounter.

She said he told her he was giving her “herbal medication.”

"Your friends, I have three friends for you to make you relax," Cosby said, according Constand’s court papers.

Cosby, 77, said the drugs were Benadryl — but also said in his deposition he had to cut the pills up because they were “long.”

Cosby's lawyer, Patrick O’Connor, acknowledged in one filing the pair then had "sexual contact," but maintained it was consensual and Cosby didn't take advantage of her.

Constand’s suit also charged Cosby defamed her by portraying her as a shakedown artist after she went to police.

In the deposition, Cosby acknowledged the only thing Constand had asked him for was an apology. He then had his agent call up Constand’s mom and offer the 31-year-old Constand an education scholarship — an offer she refused.

In the filing, Cosby acknowledges he made similar offers to other women he's been involved with.

Cosby "paid a sum of money (based upon academic achievement) to a woman with whom he had a consensual relationship, making good on a promise he made to her when they were together, and also out of fear that she would publicize their relationship in order to embarrass him," his lawyer wrote in one filing.

The deposition came to a sudden end when Troiani asked Cosby to give his version of events about the “Benadryl” night. Cosby’s version differed from what he told police, and his lawyer abruptly ended the proceeding, the filings say.

The case letter settled for an undisclosed amount, and the documents remained under seal.

Cosby's lawyers had asked the documents remain out of public view because they would cause him embarrassment, but in his order opening the record, the judge cited an article about Cosby joking about the raft of new allegations against him on stage earlier this year in Canada.

“You have to be careful about drinking around me,” the comic quipped to a woman in the audience.

The judge also noted that Cosby is more than just an entertainer, pointing to his famous "pound cake" speech from 2004, where he criticized parenting in the black community.

"Defendant has donned the mantle of public moralist and mounted the proverbial electronic or print soap box to volunteer his views on, among other things, childrearing, family life, education, and crime," the judge wrote.

A rep for Cosby did not respond to a call for comment.

A lawyer for three of the women suing Cosby for refuting their allegations — including Serignese — said the disclosures bolster their case.

“It was a positive step forward,” the attorney, Joseph Cammarata, told the Daily News.

“It brings to light Mr. Cosby’s admission that he obtained drugs to have sex with Ms. Serignese and it tramples upon his public pronouncements of ‘I’m not that kind of guy.’”

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Wonder if Whoopie will address this revelation on the VIEW...she's been a supporter of Cosby..and calling the women liers!

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Mike Tyson agreed to undergo psychotherapy three years ago at the urging of Bill Cosby after his daughter, Erinn, told her parents the fighter had tried to sexually assault her, she said in an interview.
Erinn Cosby, 25, said in an interview recorded Wednesday for a syndicated talk show that she had told her parents about the alleged assault at Tyson's estate in New Jersey.
Tyson, serving a six-year prison sentence on an Indiana rape conviction, later reneged on the therapy agreement, Ms. Cosby said.
The interview on ''NightTalk with Jane Whitney,'' a syndicated late-night talk show, is scheduled to air May 13.
Ms. Cosby, then 22, said she wasn't raped the night she met Tyson at a New York City night club and was taken to his home. There, she said, he knocked her to the ground and began grabbing at her, but she was able to break away.
''I told my parents,'' she said. ''I told them - they said they would handle it - and they did. I put myself through therapy. ... And from what the agreement was ... my parents wanted him to go to therapy for a year.''
Ms. Cosby said she ran into Tyson several weeks later at a nightclub.
''He came in there looking for me - deliberately looking for me - because he was so upset that he had to go to therapy for a year. Not upset of what he had done to me. ... He was very concerned about how my father felt about him.''
''He was screaming, 'How dare you do this, I am not going to go to therapy,''' she said. ''I couldn't even believe that this man was not even concerned about anything that he had done.''
A spokesman said Cosby's statement on the matter was ''No comment. It's a family matter.''
Tyson was convicted Feb. 10 of raping Miss Black America beauty pageant contestant Desiree Washington last July in Indianapolis. The courts have refused to release him on bond while he appeals his conviction.
In December 1989, Cosby, author of the best-selling book ''Fatherhood,'' gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times in which he said he was estranged from his daughter Erinn. He complained that she had never held down a job and described her as ''not a person you can trust.''
In another interview that year, he said he and his wife had refused to coddle their daughter when she had drug and alcohol problems. She spent time in a drug rehabilitation center that year, and told a reporter, ''I'm proof that drug and alcohol tragedies can happen even in the most loving families.''

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Post by NiteSpinR on Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:55 am

On the subject of Camille\Business Manager. Bill's success has paid her a salary all these years. It comes as no surprise to me that she's spent the better part of their marriage overlooking his infidelities.
In their heydays he and Hugh Hefner were best friends. Both men wealthy and influential. Every young woman with aspirations of stardom would (and have) crossed the sheets of Hef's bed at the playboy mansion. I would imagine that Crosby fancied himself on the same level with Hefner... The difference? One didn't have to drug women to get laid...

IMO Crosby should listen to his advisors and bow out of the limelight. He has made a stand as a morally outstanding, black role model and anything more he tries adding at this point simply makes him look and sound like a masquerading hypocrite.

Whoopie and others who support and believe he's not a rapist need to be silent now because these court documents prove that he is!

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Post by Nama on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:27 pm

Whoopie has had a change of ♥.

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Normal Hef's ex, Barbi Benton, talks about Cosby.......article from Dec of 2014.

Post by Nama on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:33 pm

Barbi Benton's take on Cosby in an article from Dec of 2014.  Interesting........

EXCLUSIVE: 'It was a candy store for men.' Playmate Barbi Benton, Hugh Hefner's ex-squeeze, reveals that married Bill Cosby was a regular Playboy Mansion party boy who had a steady bunny girlfriend

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Post by Nama on Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:37 pm

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg has been outspoken in her support of comedian Bill Cosby.

On Tuesday, she said on the show that she can no longer say "innocent until proven guilty."

"If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say all of the information that's out there kind of points to guilt," she said during a conversation with ABC News chief legal analyst Dan Abrams.

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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:14 pm

President Barack Obama responded to a reporter's question Wednesday regarding whether he will revoke comedian Bill Cosby's Medal of Freedom.

"I'll say this -- if you give a woman or man, without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape," Obama said during a White House press conference on Capitol Hill. "I think this country, any civilized country should have no tolerance for rape."

Obama added that there's no precedent for revoking Cosby's Medal of Freedom.

More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in the past four decades, and many alleged that he drugged and raped them. The 78-year-old comedian, who has never been charged with a crime, denied some accusations while declining to comment or respond to the others.

In addition to Cosby's legal woes, a group supporting sexual assault victims is petitioning President Barack Obama to revoke Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Patiently waiting for Camille to open her mouth, again, and say something stupid! And I would love to hear from Cosby's attorneys. They haven't weighed in for quite awhile.

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Normal A Medal Without Honor Bill Cosby may keep his Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he's lost his role as lecturer-in-chief.

Post by Nama on Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:25 pm

It looks as though famed actor/accused rapist Bill Cosby is going to hang on to his Presidential Medal of Freedom. But as disappointing as that may be to some of Cosby's detractors, Cosby has already suffered a worse chastisement: He has been publicly dressed down by the president of the United States.

President Barack Obama said at a news conference Wednesday that there is no precedent for taking back the medal, awarded to Cosby in 2002 by a surely-unsuspecting President George W. Bush. And it's also true that attempting such a move carries with it a whole host of attendant problems: Does that mean every winner in history needs to be periodically re-evaluated? Would the public weigh in? Could it become a political exercise? And from a practical perspective, how is the government going to get the medal back – by sending in Special Forces? But it almost doesn't matter, because while Cosby still has the medal, he no longer has the honor.

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Obama declined to speak specifically about the legal entanglements surrounding Cosby, who has been accused of rape or sexual assault by dozens of women. Cosby has vehemently denied the allegations, and continued to be defended, for some time, by allies who said he was being unfairly presumed guilty without being prosecuted, let alone convicted. But after court documents emerged in which Cosby admitted giving the prescription sedative Quaalude to women so he could have sex with them, even Cosby's most ardent defenders began to cave. And Obama delivered a searing, if implied, indictment, not only of Cosby, but of anyone who claims that having sex with someone too stoned to consent is not, in fact, rape. Said the president:

I'll say this: if you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge, a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.

For Cosby, Obama's comments not only virtually deprived Cosby of his Medal of Freedom, but removed Cosby's self-declared role as lecturer-in-chief to black America. Cosby denounced bad parenting by African-American parents, criticized young black males for their demeanor and dress, and, in what is known as his "pound cake" speech, showed little sympathy for African-American men who are behind bars. Said Cosby:

Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals. These are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?

Cosby implored black teenagers to pull up their pants – an admonition that sounds especially offensive from someone who appears to have a lot of trouble keeping his own pants pulled up.

Obama, meanwhile, has been exactly the attentive and no-nonsense parent Cosby pretended to be in "reel" life, and who the actor complained was so lacking in real life. Agree or disagree with Obama on policy, but his daughters have clearly been very well-parented. Obama has also – despite being the child of a single mother – managed to finish college and Harvard Law School and later get elected to the U.S. Senate and the presidency. While creepy Cosby is offering no compassion at all for the disproportionately large group of African-American men behind bars, Obama Thursday became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison.

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Post by Nama on Sat Jul 18, 2015 9:18 pm

MORE DETAILS released on July 18, 2015

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 judge unsealed 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.

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.

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.

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.

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Still waiting for Camille to open her mouth and say something stupid!

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Have read all of the above. Have been out of the loop for a week. WOW!! Camille KNOWS better!! Her husband is a rapist! She's probably known all along he was cheating.

I'm waiting for Felicia Rashad to speak up.

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Post by Nama on Sun Jul 19, 2015 8:53 am

When reached for comment Saturday night, Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt said, "We're not making any comments right now. Thank you."

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Now that everyone from his agents to Whoopi Goldberg has publicly distanced themselves from him, and with even more details coming to light via The New York Times, Bill Cosby has lost what seems to be his last artistic supporter. Nonie Robinson, the producer of Painted Down, a documentary about black stuntmen, told Deadline today they have cut Cosby loose.

Back in November during the early stages of the controversy, Robinson remained loyal to Cosby, saying, “It’s all very sad and I support Mr. Cosby, who has been nothing but generous, kind and a mentor to me working in this project. I’ve never experienced anything but kindness from Mr. Cosby.” But the tide of public opinion has since shifted too far in the other direction, Robinson said. “Cosby is no longer attached to the project. We were the last project standing behind him, but now with Whoopi [Goldberg] and CAA pulling the plug, we must also disassociate and cut all ties with Cosby. It’s the right thing to do in light of the recent court deposition being made public.”

Though Cosby’s interview for the documentary will likely never see the light of day, it involves the beginning of his career working on the 1960s TV series I Spy. “The day of the shooting, I showed up for that scene to see it,” Cosby said in the now-cut footage. “I had no knowledge that there are no black stuntmen. I went over, and there was this white stuntman. . . . I looked at him and the lady is putting black—not a deep brown—she’s putting black around this guy, eyes and everything. So I’m . . . staring at this, and then they pulled his sleeve up and they put the black stuff all over his hands and all, and that too looked kind of funny. It was just black. Black, black, black—black on the neck. Then they pulled out this wig. Looks like they scalped a sheep and dyed it.” Cosby objected to this process—one that still persists to this day and the next day a black stuntman was hired to double for him.

Cosby’s actions here helped launch the Black Stuntmen’s Association. B.S.A. president Willie Harris recently removed a long-standing tribute to Cosby on their Website saying, “He did a hell of a lot for black stuntmen. If it hadn’t been for Cosby, I don’t think there would have been a Black Stuntmen’s Association. It’s not that we’re turning our backs on him, but the controversy is getting too much to deal with.”

Robinson’s claim that hers was the “last project standing behind” Cosby is mostly true. The Cosby Show is still playing on Netflix and Hulu, but that hardly counts as an active project. Cosby’s new NBC sitcom was dropped way back in November. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is going ahead with a planned exhibition including artwork from Camille and Bill Cosby’s personal collection, but the museum will post a sign accompanying the artwork. It reads as follows:

A Message to Our Visitors about This Exhibition
Allegations that publicly surfaced when we opened this exhibition in November 2014, now combined with recent revelations about Bill Cosby's behavior, cast a negative light on what should be a joyful exploration of African and African American art in this gallery.
The National Museum of African Art in no way condones Mr. Cosby’s behavior.
We continue to present “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue” because it is fundamentally about the artworks and the artists who created them, not Mr. Cosby.
Most of the objects are from the permanent collection of the National Museum of African Art. About one-third are on loan from Camille and Bill Cosby. Though the exhibition does recognize their role in assembling those works, the purpose of the exhibition is to examine the interplay of artistic creativity in African and African American art something that has been part of our museum’s history since our founding more than 50 years ago. The exhibition brings public attention to artists whose art has not been seen, art that tells powerful and poignant stories about African American experiences.
We invite you, our valued visitors, to provide your comments in the Visitor Book we have placed in this exhibition. You can also send comments to our website at conversations.africa.si.edu.


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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:19 am

Comedian Bill Cosby filed legal papers on Tuesday calling for court sanctions against a woman accusing him of sexual assault, saying she breached their confidentiality agreement in the leak of his full deposition from a 10-year-old civil case.

Cosby, 78, made the filing in the US district court in Philadelphia in opposition to recent motions by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who has alleged the comedian tricked her into taking drugs before he sexually assaulted her.

The lawsuit she brought against Cosby was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2006, and all documents from the litigation were sealed until a federal judge on 6 July released limited redacted excerpts from Cosby’s 2005 deposition testimony in the case.

Those excerpts included Cosby’s admission under oath that he had obtained Quaaludes, the brand name for a sedative widely abused as a recreational drug in the 1970s, with the intent of giving the pills to young women in order to have sex with them.

On 8 July, Constand filed papers in court[/url] seeking to unseal the entire deposition and her settlement agreement with Cosby, as well as to free her from any confidentiality restrictions.

The New York Times has since obtained its own record of Cosby’s deposition and posted additional excerpts on its website, revealing testimony in which the entertainer described how he had pursued women and how he obtained Quaaludes.

Cosby’s own court filing on Tuesday stressed that the deposition excerpts so far unsealed by the judge contain no testimony that he engaged in any non-consensual sex or gave anyone Quaaludes without their knowledge or consent.

“Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that Defendant has admitted to rape,” the document said. “And yet Defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced Quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”

The memorandum goes on to call Constand’s request to open the entire Cosby settlement to public scrutiny an “obvious attempt to smear” the performer and says she should be sanctioned for leaking the nearly 1,000-page deposition transcript to the New York Times through her “own hired court reporter”.

“This massive breach of protocol and of the parties’ settlement agreement dwarfs the petty complaints [Constand] makes in her motion,” the Cosby filing states.

More than 40 women in the past year alleging Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them in incidents dating back decades.

He faces at least four civil lawsuits stemming from such allegations. Cosby has never been criminally charged.

His attorneys have consistently denied the accusations, which have left in tatters the career and public image of a once-revered entertainer best known for playing Dr Cliff Huxtable on the hit TV comedy series The Cosby Show in the 1980s and 90s.

Cosby has said little in public about the scandal, telling ABC television in May that he did not wish to discuss the allegations.


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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:21 am

On Tuesday, Bill Cosby’s lawyers filed a motion stating that Andrea Costand, the victim in a federal lawsuit, had “made a mockery” of the case’s confidentiality agreement when portions of Cosby’s deposition were released to the media.

The excerpts of the 2006 deposition— in which Cosby essentially admits to obtaining quaaludes for drugging women he wanted to have sex with were published in the New York Times after a judge released them last week. Now, Cosby’s lawyers are asking that the remaining details of the case’s settlement remain sealed.

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Cosby’s attorney , Patrick O’Connor, believes the release of Cosby’s deposition transcript violated the terms of the settlement. Noting that the woman is not asking to void the entire settlement agreement, he wrote that “obviously, she wants to keep what she was paid” but that she “cannot simply pick and choose which contractual obligations will be void and which will stand.”
As a result, Cosby’s attorneys said in their motion, they will seek relief for the alleged violations and ask a judge to strike down efforts by the victim’s attorney to release her from the confidentiality agreement. What the relief entails is unclear.

“The media immediately pounced, inaccurately labeling the released testimony as defendant’s ‘confession’ of ‘drugging’ women and assaulting them,” O’Connor and attorney George Gowen wrote in the motion. “Reading the media accounts, one would conclude that defendant has admitted to rape. And yet defendant admitted to nothing more than being one of the many people who introduced quaaludes into their consensual sex life in the 1970s.”

Gowen and O’Connor continued: “There are countless tales of celebrities, music stars and wealthy socialites in the 1970s willingly using quaaludes for recreational purposes and during consensual sex.”

Bill Cosby, however, was obviously not one of these “disco biscuit”-popping, free-loving, law-abiding celebrities.


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Bill Cosby's Wife Likely to Continue Her Support in Wake of Deposition

That article is just someone's guess about how Camille feels about the recent doc dump. I'm waiting for a statement from Camille's own mouth.

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Yes. You are correct. Looking closer she hasn't broken her silence since Dec 2014. I'm not holding my breath.

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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:31 pm

Not long ago sources said Camille said the drugs and sex were consensual but it's been months since she stated how wonderful Bill was and how he IS "the man you thought you knew".  Cosby's attorneys are trying to do damage control now.

A new attorney for Bill Cosby, Monique Pressley, is out to try and spare the comedian's reputation, appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday to passionately defend her client. She spoke specifically about the deposition that was recently released, in which Cosby admitted to obtaining drugs with the intent of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex.

"There are a thousand-plus pages that are available of Mr. Cosby in his own words, and what we're seeing so far are headlines that are grabbing one excerpt or two and misinterpreting them," Pressley told ABC's morning show. "The deposition said that there was use of Quaaludes, which was done often in the '70s."

She added that other famous people, in addition to Cosby, often used this drug. "It was considered a party drug called 'disco biscuits' and it was something that was done frequently, not just by Mr. Cosby but other entertainers," Pressley said. Even though more than 40 women have come forward and claimed that The Cosby Show star sexually assaulted them, Pressley maintained that quantity doesn't necessarily mean it's the truth.

"I'm not making conclusions—and you know that I can't—about whether someone is lying or not," she said in the interview. "What I am saying is that Mr. Cosby has denied the accusations that have been lodged thus far. The sheer volume or number of people who are saying a particular thing does not make it true."

Cosby's attorneys aren't pleased that his deposition was released to the New York Times, calling it a "mockery" of a confidentiality agreement, according to documents obtained by NBC News. Because of this, Cosby's legal team is hoping a judge will strike down the alleged victim's request to be released from the confidentiality agreement.

"The plaintiff's motion is a sham and an obvious attempt to have her cake and eat it, too," Cosby's attorney said in court docs, per NBC News. He added the confidentiality agreement "was not secrecy, but rather the receipt of money, which she still has."

Cosby has not been charged with a crime and continues to deny the decades-old allegations that have resurfaced since comedian Hannibal Buress made a joke of them. 

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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:32 pm

What’s left for Bill Cosby to lose at this point, you ask? Well: the glowing endorsements of Jerry Seinfeld and David Letterman, for one. Both of whom, according to The Hollywood Reporter today, have asked that their quotes be removed from Mark Whitaker’s 2014 Cosby biography titled “Cosby: His Life and Times".

The biography, which also features high praises from Mary Tyler Moore and Billy Crystal, hit shelves Sept. 16 — well before a reopened deposition revealed that Cosby had confessed to drugging women for sex.

Seinfeld is featured in the biography, offering up this precious statement:
“I know certain religions forbid idol worship. If anyone ever told me I had to stop idolizing Bill Cosby, I would say, ‘Sorry, but I’m out of this religion.’ So if you want to join the Religion of Cosby, as I did back in 1966, Mark Whitaker’s wonderful new book would be our Bible.”

With all that’s transpired, it makes sense Seinfeld — whose quote is still prominently displayed on the back cover — wouldn’t want to be associated at all with Cosby. Same goes for Whitaker, the author behind the biography, who has recently come under fire for his lazy reporting job; the book completely fails to address Cosby’s history of sexual assault.

“We were unaware that those quotes were still in circulation, and are asking the publisher to refrain from their future use,” a rep for Letterman and Seinfeld told THR.

Simon & Schuster acted promptly on the request, scrapping the endorsements “from online retailers,” Wednesday morning.

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Post by Nama on Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:39 pm

The California Supreme Court has denied Bill Cosby's petition to review a lawsuit brought by a woman who says the comedian molested her at the Playboy mansion in 1974 when she was 15, a setback to Cosby's attempts to stave off the decades-old allegations.

"We are looking forward to Mr. Cosby answering questions under oath at his deposition and we will continue to seek justice for our courageous client," attorney Gloria Allred said in a statement.

Her client, Judy Huth, is suing Cosby for sexual battery, saying the comedian forced her to perform a sex act on him in 1974. Los Angeles police are investigating the claims.

Allred said she plans to take Cosby's deposition within the next 30 days.

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Thanks for keeping up on this, Nama. WOW!!

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The publisher of a disparaged Bill Cosby biography has pulled blurbs from Billy Crystal, Mary Tyler Moore and other celebrities from dedicated Web pages on Amazon.com and other retailers.

Simon & Schuster vice president and executive director of publicity Cary Goldstein told the Associated Press on Wednesday that because of “recent events” it was removing the endorsements for Mark Whitaker’s “Cosby,” which came out last September to positive reviews but was soon heavily criticized for overlooking the many allegations against Cosby, 78, of sexual assault. Moore’s quote had read: “If I was America’s ‘sweetheart’ — turning the world on with a smile — then Bill Cosby was and still is our ‘best man.’ ” Crystal had called the book “A revealing, honest look at my favorite comedian.”



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Others praising “Cosby” included Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman and Wynton Marsalis.

Goldstein said that representatives from some of the celebrities had contacted Simon & Schuster about removing their blurbs, but declined to cite specific names. He also did not have an immediate comment on any changes to the actual book or whether future editions are planned.

Paperbacks are usually issued within a year after the hardcover, but no paperback is currently listed on Amazon for “Cosby.” Whitaker’s biography, written with Cosby’s endorsement, was No. 361,786 on Amazon as of midday Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, a spokesman for Seinfeld and Letterman confirmed a Hollywood Reporter story that the two comedians wanted their endorsements withdrawn.

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When Bill Cosby needed Quaaludes to give to women he hoped to have sex with, he knew a doctor to turn to: Leroy Amar, a Hollywood prescriber of the pills that became a popular recreational drug among celebrities and other glitzy party people in the 1970s.

Cosby’s access to Quaaludes — called “disco biscuits” in those days and known to induce disorientation and euphoria — has drawn new attention after the surfacing of a 10-year-old deposition from a closed sexual-assault civil case against Cosby in Pennsylvania. In the transcript, Cosby says he received seven prescriptions for Quaaludes, all of which were obtained from Amar, a gynecologist, ostensibly for a sore back.

“Did he know when he gave you those prescriptions that you had no intention of taking them?” a lawyer asked Cosby in the 2005 deposition.
“Yes,” the entertainer replied.
“Did you believe at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?”
“Yes,” Cosby answered.

But for Amar, who earned his medical degree from Howard University in 1963, providing pills under questionable circumstances and skirting the law were not unusual. Whether he practiced in California, New York or at a string of clinics in Maryland, he was constantly in trouble with medical authorities and periodically lost his license. Disciplinary records from those states reveal the wrongdoing of a dangerous doctor who kept moving to stay in business.

“I would not doubt in a minute that Amar would sign a prescription to give anybody anything they wanted. That’s just the way he was,” said Meldon S. Hollis Jr., a former Washington-area lawyer who once represented the physician and later blamed him for the loss of his law license. “He was unscrupulous.”
Amar, who also practiced plastic surgery — badly — died in 2002 at age 71.

In the 1970s, Cosby and Amar moved in the same Hollywood social circles. In his deposition, Cosby said the doctor had an ownership stake in “Club Bayou,” a private social club in Los Angeles that Cosby visited.

In California, the medical board revoked Amar’s license in 1979 after finding that he acted with gross incompetence and negligence and had “engaged in the most serious misconduct.” In 1985, his license was reinstated under a host of conditions, including that he would never again perform surgery. But he failed to pay his licensing fees and never practiced in California again, records show.

The disciplinary documents reveal harrowing details of numerous plastic surgeries gone awry, including one woman whose implant ripped through her stitches and protruded from her breast as she developed a 102-degree fever and an infection. In another case, no one was available to administer general anesthesia, so Amar performed breast surgery with only a local numbing agent.

But Cosby’s deposition also reveals a chivalrous side of Amar: a man who confronted the comedian about his alleged inappropriate behavior with Tamara Green, a young woman whom the doctor introduced to Cosby.

An attorney for plaintiff Andrea Constand poses several questions to Cosby about Green, an aspiring singer and model who later publicly accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her.

In the deposition, Cosby repeatedly says he did not know Green and had no recollection of meeting her during a singing audition that she said had been arranged by Amar. The attorney goes on to say that Amar was furious to later hear from Green that Cosby had given her wine and made her feel “very uncomfortable” by asking her to speak song lyrics directly into his face.

“In her presence, Amar confronted Cosby, almost coming to blows,” the attorney recounts. “He warned Cosby never to do anything like that again to Green.”

Cosby denied that any of these events happened.


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