Bill Cosby : Friend or Foe

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The Cosby Show (NBC) 1984-1992
Shown: Bill Cosby (as Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable)
When: 19 Nov 2014
Credit: WENN.com
**WENN does not claim any ownership including but not limited to Copyright, License in attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN’s services only, do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright, License in material. By publishing this material you expressly agree to indemnify, to hold WENN, its directors, shareholders, employees harmless from any loss, claims, damages, demands, expenses (including legal fees), any causes of action, allegation against WENN arising out of, connected in any way with publication of the material.**
Bill Cosby“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain” – Harvey Dent.
Bill Cosby, widely renowned for his role as Cliff Huxtable in the Cosby Show, has found himself in the news recently, but he is far from being celebrated. The popular 78 year old actor from Philadelphia, PA is being brought up on sexual assault charges for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand in January of 2004. However, the story of Barbara Bowman begins in 1985.
“Over the years I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously,” said Bowman. “So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17- year- old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing them as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times.”
In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers reached out to Bowman for a testimony. She explained to Constand and her lawyers, that she too had been drugged and raped. The lawyers assured her that she can testify anonymously as a “Jane Doe”, but she refused.
“My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I wanted to tell my story in court,” Bowman said.
She was never given the chance however, as Bill Cosby settled out of court for an undisclosed amount of money.
In the media and the eyes of many, there are many mixed views on this situation. People have brought to question the motives of these women coming out as they have. Bill Cosby was poised to not only have a family sitcom on NBC in 2016 but also a comedy special on Netflix along with his ongoing tour. People have brought forward conspiracy theories that these claims are an attempt to derail the power moves that Cosby were making. Others have questioned what took these stories so long to come to the forefront. Barbara Bowman disputes these claims by telling her story that has haunted her for the last 30 years.
“In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain now that he drugged and raped me. But as a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it. I even tried to rationalize it: Bill Cosby was going to make me a star and this was part of the deal”, said Barbara Bowman.
She says the incident was so horrifying she had trouble admitting it to herself, let alone other people. She first told her agent, who did nothing she claims. She then told a lawyer who accused her of making the story up. She didn’t go to the police because she believed that no one would take her seriously. After all, it was Bill Cosby, the consummate American father figure.
“When Constand brought her lawsuit, I found renewed confidence. I was determined to not be silent any more. In 2006, I was interviewed by Robert Huber for Philadelphia Magazine, and Alycia Lane for KYW-TV news in Philadelphia. A reporter wrote about my experience in the December 2006 issue of People Magazine. And last February, Katie Baker interviewed me for Newsweek. Bloggers and columnists wrote about that story for several months after it was published. Still, my complaint didn’t seem to take hold,” said Bowman.
Only after a man, Hannibal Buress, called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest. Over 15 women have made the same claims that Bowman and Constand have made.
The court process is taking place against Bill Cosby, who is out on bond. A judge has ordered his wife, Camille Cosby, to testify in the case even though she argued against it. She will testify on Wednesday January 6th, 2016.
Bill Cosby, an iconic figure once was the ideal father for the ideal family on the Cosby Show. He was a doctor, his wife a lawyer and their children were on the pathway to success. He was a “hero” if you will. But in 2016, Cosby has seen himself become the villain

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