By: JORDAN PITTMAN
(Gainesville, Ga.)—Many young Cosby Show viewers today may not realize that before the funky sweaters, meaningful life lessons and the symbolic portrayal as America’s ideal father, Bill Cosby lived quite the iconic play boy lifestyle. Partying frequently with Hugh Heffner at the Playboy Mansion, Cosby even owned popular restaurant and a few of the hottest clubs during the 60s and 70s.
It’s these wild and crazy days of the younger Cosby that have called the Dr. Cliff Huxtable image that we all know and love to question today.
Sixteen women have taken to the court system to report sexual abuse allegations against Cosby, 12 saying he drugged them first and one claims he tried to drug her. The Washington Post has conducted interviews with five of the 16, including a former Playmate who has never spoken publicly about her incidents.
Cosby has chosen to deny some of the allegations, and not to speak on or address others.
The sexual abuse claims date back to the beginning of the beloved comedian’s career to the mid-2000s, and there also seems to be reappearing patterns in the stories the women are telling court officials. From the common mentions of a Hollywood-studio bungalow and limousines to a New York brownstone, the stories told have resembling elements.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, released a statement claiming, “These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”
Recently, nine more women have spoken out claiming they hold stories and experience of Cosby’s sexual abuse. Surely this will be a story to follow and see how it plays out in the court.