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Is this Bill Cosby Cover from New York Daily News the Most Controversial Yet?

Adesola Ade-Unuigbe

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Since the Bill Cosby drama started there have been quite a number of newspaper cover features that have put him in an unflattering light.

This latest one from the New York Daily News – featuring his mug shot after being arrested and the “she said” account of over 55 women – is causing quite a lot of controversy.

According to the widely-circulated paper,

More than two decades and 60 accusers after women first called Bill Cosby a rapist and sex abuser, a prosecutor will try to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the crimes of which the fallen icon has long since been convicted in the court of public opinion.

Cosby, who has denied criminality to the point of suing some accusers, should welcome his arrest as the opportunity to finally clear his name. That is what he wants, is it not?When he stands before judge and jury, Cosby will be presumed innocent — an enormous gift to a rich and powerful man who has spent years intimidating women into silence.

Until now, Cosby’s resources had secured for him the invaluable prize of time: He had bought his way past numerous statutes of limitations, but not the 12-year clock set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where Andrea Constand alleged that Cosby drugged and assaulted her in 2004 in his suburban Philadelphia home.

The local attorney declined to bring charges then. Constand sued Cosby, and he paid a settlement after her lawyers questioned him extensively under oath in a deposition that was long sealed.

There, while maintaining their relationship was consensual, he acknowledged giving Constand some drugs and engaging in sexual activity. Her version involved incapacitation. She says she took pills along with wine, then felt “paralyzed” as he violated her.

In announcing the charges against America’s Dad turned America’s Predatory Step Uncle, prosecutor Kevin Steele cited Cosby’s unsealed testimony, new evidence and the matching stories of so many other women.

“A person in that state cannot give consent” to engaging in sex, Steele said, perhaps signaling how he intends to win the he said-she said contest about an interaction so long ago between just two people, when all the world knows that with the toll of Cosby’s alleged victims standing at more like 60, the weight of the evidence is actually he said-she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said.

What do you make of it?

Adesola is a BellaNaija editor and Voltron. Yes, things are that serious for her when it comes to BellaNaija.com.She's a lover of gist, novels, music and food. She's constantly trying not to take life for granted. She spends most of her time either keeping up with the world on the Internet or sharing some acquired knowledge about digital media.To communicate with her directly, you can hit her up on: Instagram - @adesola.au Twitter - @ThisConnectd

6 Comments

  1. Ayo

    January 1, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Hmmmm.it is well.

  2. Anais

    January 1, 2016 at 10:46 am

    She said, she said, they said, they said, he says and what will God or human’s justice say? Bill Cosby was an hero for many black family who aspired to have an education and grow successfully, to raise and provide for their children until they can have their own nest. A black man who does good, own up to his actions, do not give up on his wife or children, a black man with ambition for his community and himself, a good father figure…All that was came to the majority of people when referring to Bill Cosby.

    What a fall down to betrayal, disappointment, outraged, stupor… It as if the issue was closed to home, like your own father’s being publicly assassinated right before your eyes and you hope that it is just a nightmare and you will wake up and still see him on a pedestal.

    Only God knows where the truth reside. But pertaining to Cosby’s confession, he did indeed drugged some of these women without their consent allegedly to abuse them. Then, he indirectly admitted to being a pervert criminal who abused his privileged position, notoriety and wealth to wrong vulnerable women. As such, he deserves to be put to shame and go to jail. But he must also realised that by his actions, he has hurt the Black community beyond repair.

    But why did it take so long to bring him to justice, considering they add all this proofs beyond reasonable doubts that he is guilty of what he is accused of? In the UK, Jeremy Saville and some powerful Lords where allowed to live to see they grey hair and die without the fear of public shame or going to jail. Yet, everybody knew they were notorious pedophiles. Justice is a case of double standard as far as human beings are concerned. God know best!

    • Anais

      January 1, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      VERY SORRY FOR THE GRAMMAR, DID NOT READ PROOF!

  3. John

    January 1, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    It is sad to see Bill Cosby turned into a caricature for alleged crimes he committed several decades ago. Why did it take these women so long for them to come forward? Is it a case that they did not know they were victims of a crime until now or they are simply opportunists who engaged in consensual sex and are now looking for easy money?

    My question is how many other Hollywood stars are guilty of the same crime but are not being prosecuted? People such as Mick Jagger whose history of drugs and sex with numerous women going back decades are well documented. What about the Hollywood actor, Charlie Sheen whose escapades with women and drugs were constantly on the front pages of gossip magazines worldwide. Is he going to be prosecuted like Mr. Cosby or his actions are deemed to be consensual?

    The fact of the matter is that American justice system has never been fair. There are two laws in America. One for whites and another for blacks. What we are witnessing today is part of the narative of what is like to be a black person in America.

    If they are going to prosecute Cosby for his sexual transgressions, then they should go after everyone who has engaged in such behaviour. I can tell you there would be no men left in Hollywood. Hollywood was built on money, power and sex.

    • Rani

      January 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

      To answer your question as to why it wasn’t reported at the time it happened watch “Cosby: The Women Speak special ” it aired on Dstv channel 131 and 170 a few weeks ago, don’t know if it’s been repeated. If you can’t watch it I’m sure you’ll find it online to watch.
      As for the women being opportunists? 60 of them with no known connections to each other ? 60?
      These women are all middle aged women with families and lives , there’s no opportunity there unless you are referring to an opportunity for them to let out a secret that has haunted them for years and marred their lives in so many ways. Then they are “opportunists”

      Then for other male Hollywood stars, let their accusers come out and speak up , so justice can be served.

    • Osa

      January 1, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      I guess you are one of the witch hunting theorists that fight for criminals to be let off the hook since the police/authorities has not caught all the other criminals in the world. Even though I was one of Bill Cosby’s biggest fans, if he is found guilty of these crimes he should go to jail. Period. And notwithstanding if he committed his crimes 50 years ago, if the law can nail him, he should be well nailed and made to pay for his crimes, A rapist is a rapist, celebrity or not, and in case you forgot, rape (under any guise) is a crime and is punishable under law.

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