Henry Bill Cosby, the black american stand up comedian and producer of the popular Cosby show, may be in the worst period of his life and career as the sexual abuse accusations against him has refused to go away.
A total of over 40 women had at different times accused Cosby of drug facilitated sexual assault. On Monday, 35 of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault were seen photographed on the cover of New York Magazine where they volunteered interview and shared stories of how Cosby took advantage of them many years ago.
One of the women, Barbara Bowman in her interview said: “I felt like a prisoner; I felt like I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight.”
She continued: “I could have walked down any street in Manhattan at any time and said: ‘I’m being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,’ but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody.”
Lili Bernard, an actress who appeared in The Cosby Show, told the Newyork magazine: “In the early 1990s, in my mid-20s, Bill Cosby mentored me. He gained my total trust and then he drugged me without my knowledge.
“He raped me. I wouldn’t call him crazy… I felt that he was very much in control of his behaviour.”
The social media has not made matters any lighter for Cosby as many users and activists on Facebook, Twitter and the forums had continued to voice their criticisms loudly via those channels.
The TV network NBC had in November, 2014 scrapped plans for a new show with the comedian following allegations by TV presenter Janice Dickinson that he had assaulted her in 1982.
Interestingly, Cosby has never seriously spoken out publicly about the allegations. The first and only time he responded to questions on the allegations in public, he simply said; “I can’t speak; I just don’t want to argue; I don’t talk about it,”.
We will continue to follow the events, and watch how Cosby can evade the raging storm this time.