I never believed Bill Cosby. I can tell you that I honestly wanted to but I just was not convinced.
It wasn’t so much the horrific stories of more than 50 alleged victims. Nor was it just because his team of over priced lawyers helped him settle numerous civil actions out of court over the years. It wasn’t event because the man who can be described as an “entertainment juggernaut” built his entire public persona on respectability politics, the notions that black people are culpable for racist attitudes that we experience. It was not even the grand irony that he admitted in sworn depositions released this summer to drugging and engaging in sex acts with a Temple University employee
For me it was more about what he didn’t say.
His refusal to publicly answer specific allegations. Instead, he chose to use his considerable resources to castigate, malign, and attempt to silence his accusers. Though his attorneys, he has issued a blanket denial that he ever engaged in sexual misconduct and he has even sued many of his accusers, including supermodel Beverly Johnson, for defamation of character.
Cosby could have admitted to knowing the women, he could have confessed to enjoying sex, engaging in infidelity and using his celebrity as a lure. “Would they have slept with me otherwise?” he could have said, “I don’t know. But what I do know, for sure, it that we were consenting adults.”
He hasn’t said anything close to that.
In fact, Cosby has avoided addressing the issue in public. He wanted us to believe that this was a private matter. He has paid attorneys and public relations experts to salvage his reputation, in hopes that his celebrity and charitable largess would save him from the firestorm of scrutiny—and from prison. The man who once reveled in the spotlight met the controversy with flashes of anger and resentment. At one point, he even challenged Black media to “stay neutral.”
Until today, he has never been forced to answer any of accusations and defend himself in an open criminal court. Montgomery County, Pennsylvania’s district attorney announced that Cosby has been charged with a single count of aggravated indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who says she was drugged and assaulted inside his home. The indictment came 17 days before the statute of limitations was set to run out.
In other words, Cosby almost got away with it.
Obama spoke briefly about it stating that “if a man drugs a woman without her knowing and then has sex with her that is rape, and that it should not be taken lightly.