An Open Letter to Camille Cosby

by Diane Dimond on January 5, 2015

Take a Good Long Look Back, Camille

Take a Good Long Look Back, Camille Cosby

I have finally had enough of the smarmy sexual revelations swirling around Bill Cosby.

It’s more than the latest reports that Cosby’s pit bull private detectives are digging up dirt on women who have accused him of sexual assault. It’s what this whole sordid mess says about us. We, the fawning fans, who have ignored for years the growing number of females who claimed they were drugged and raped by the comedian.

It was easier to cling to the idea that Cosby was just like his charming Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable character than it was to accept that he might be a sexual predator.

I’m increasingly embarrassed for his wife, Camille, who recently issued a cringe-worthy public statement professing her undying love and insinuating that Bill Cosby, 77, is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy involving the media and nearly thirty women who now claim they were sexually violated by her famous husband.

I feel compelled to write this open letter:

Dear Mrs. Cosby,

Dear Mrs. Cosby....

Dear Mrs. Cosby….

Let’s look at reality, my dear. As you approach your 51st wedding anniversary I suggest you drop the defend-at-all-costs attitude and count the ways your man has let you down.

The publicly admitted extra-marital activity, the admission that besides the five children he had with you he may very well have had a daughter with a mistress in the early 70’s. Your husband sent weekly $750 checks to the woman for years.

She now joins a chorus alleging the same modus operandi: After being invited by a celebrity to a private meeting their drinks were spiked, they passed out and upon awakening realized they had been raped. They didn’t report it because they were convinced no one would ever believe them.

This husband of yours, I’m sad to say, has heaped shame on your doorstep.

Cosbys Early Days, 1965 Emmy Awards

Cosby’s Early Days, 1965 Emmy Awards

Didn’t you wonder when the first lawsuit was filed in 2005? It wasn’t just one woman’s allegations. Thirteen other women also signed on to testify against your husband. Weren’t you suspicious when the case was settled out of court? Did you ever wonder what those 13 other women might have said, under oath, from the witness box?  

You married the “love of your life” in January 1964.

The earliest allegation goes back to 1967 – a woman who says she was just 15 when Cosby grabbed her at a party and forcibly kissed her. He would have been 30 then and riding high after several top selling comedy albums and starring in the acclaimed TV adventure series I-Spy.

In 1971, an actress says your husband forced her to perform a sex act on him in a Tonight Show green room; a nurse says that in 1976 Cosby drugged and raped her. In the mid-80’s, another woman claims that after having coffee with the man who would be dubbed “America’s favorite Dad” she groggily awoke in a car, her bra undone, her blouse untucked, wondering what in the world had happened.

The Early Days of the Charming Mr. Cosby

The Early Days of the Charming Mr. Cosby

The list goes on and on with shockingly similar tales. The latest allegation stems from an alleged incident in 2008 – two years after your husband reached that out-of-court settlement. Is everyone lying?

Do you see a pattern here, Mrs. Cosby? Or do you buy the idea espoused by your husband’s legal team that it is all, “utter nonsense” and a “media-driven feeding frenzy?” And what about the impression your husband left when he told Stacy Brown, an African-American reporter, “I only expect the Black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism….go in with a neutral mind.” 

Do you believe your husband’s troubles are because of racist white journalists?

Please don’t tell me, Mrs. Cosby, that you actually buy the idea that all these women are after your husband’s money. Only a couple of them filed lawsuits since the one in 2005 was settled. One who said she was raped when she was 15 after your husband sneaked her in to the Playboy Mansion. Another accuser filed a defamation claim only after your husband’s attack-dog attorney called her a liar. I’d call that a self-inflicted problem.

Removing the word "Rapist" from Cosby's Star

Removing the word “Rapist” from Cosby’s Star

You may think this is all a big mistake that can be rectified by attacking the accusers but cancellations of Cosby performances by networks, theaters, universities and withdrawn honors from the U.S. Navy tell another story. The word “rapist” scrawled across your husband’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame gives you a stark glimpse at the public’s opinion.

Mrs. Cosby, tell your husband to come clean with you. And call off the lawyers and detectives. Otherwise, you might find yourselves in a very public courtroom.

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

Reader Madge DeFee writes:

“Shut up…Regarding your open letter to mrs. Cosby, you should butt out. It’s her business how she deals with this situation. Even if every word you wrote about Bill is true, it’s unkind and pointless to embarrass mrs. Cosby like this.”

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Mike Elmore January 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

Madge. Me thinks that a “white journalist” has every right to butt IN.

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 8:53 am

ABQ Journal Reader Richard Lieberman writes;

“Great article on Cosby.

He has brought shame on himself, and to all that he has done.

Happy New Year

Rich Lieberman
Albuquerque.

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 8:54 am

Creators Syndicate Reader Svetlana Grobman writes:

“I absolute agree with Ms. Dimond. I understand that it’s very hard for Mrs. Cosby to admit the truth, but it would be the honest thing to do.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the comment, Svetlana. Contrary to some other readers comments I did not write this to embarrass or confront Mrs.Cosby. But if she were to – as you say – “admit the truth,” I think it would go a long way to helping other women who are confronted with a serial cheating spouse honestly face their situations.
In addition, if Camille Cosby continues to portray her husband as the victim what message does that send to women who are raped or sexually assaulted? Don’t come forward because your story will be turned around on you? Don’t bother to report a rape if the man is wealthy and famous? That would be a shame. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 8:56 am

ABQ Journal Reader Gunhild Vetter writes:

“Dear Diane

When I first heard about the women being sexually assaulted I was discussed with Bill Cosby thinking just another celebrity taking advantage of females because of who he was. The stories of how the victims were afraid to speak up because they would not be believed is the common reaction of women, so it made me have bad thoughts about Cosby as a person.

The topic was still fresh in the news when a group of retired police officers got together for our regular gathering for breakfast at a local restaurant. One of the retirees brought up the topic of how the possibility could be that Cosby could be targeted because of his out spoken comments he had been making about the administration and about the black males needing to take responsibility for their actions. What better way to shut someone up, but by attacking and destroying their reputation.

Even though we are retired, we still have that suspicious nature to question everything and make sure the guilty are brought to justice, but also that the innocent are not found guilty. We also were looking at some events that had recently occurred involving a local young lady and three black athletes who supposedly had gang raped her. The athletes were kicked off the team, had even been arrested and bonded out based on statements from the young “lady”. Since than it has been determined that she was lying and she had sex with them apparently willingly if it had actually happened. She was changing her story and could not remember some of what she had said at the beginning. Video tapes helped in the investigation and the athletes have been cleared of criminal charges and have admitted they should have been better examples since they were athletes. One was married and learned the lesson that he just should not have been there, and instead should have been home with his family.

Another example we discussed was how after the Presidential breakfast, at which the invited speaker, Ben Carson, was critical of Obama Care and some other matters happening in our country was audited shortly thereafter by the IRS. Retaliation by our president, using the IRS, was just wrong. So is this just another case of retaliation. It would be interesting to know a background of the “victims”; were they supporters of this administration and wanting to support some far left agenda or are they really victims.

A case I remember when I first came to work for the police department was of a young girl, about 11 or 12, who had a sexual disease that she said she got from a neighbor black man. The black man was brought in, he denied having anything to do with the girl because she was always trying to get money from him. He said she was selling herself to all kinds of homeless men to get money. The black man was hauled off to the hospital where he was examined and samples taken which revealed he did not have the sexual disease the girl had. When she was confronted she admitted that she did it to get even with him for not giving her any money.

So it would/will be interesting to know what anything is revealed from the investigations of these women. I want to give them the benefit of no doubt, but you can see that not everything is always as it may appear. If he is guilty of all these offenses he should have the book thrown at him, but if it was a way to get him to shut up, than those behind that should also be prosecuted for slander.”

Gunhild Vetter

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

Dear Gunhild,
I too am of a suspicious nature – but nearly 30 women?! Almost thirty people all describing the same M.O., all still sobbing as they tell their story all these years later? Can they ALL be lying?
Its important NOT to take every woman’s blanket accusation without investigating it for truthfulness- but the sheer numbers in this case seem to scream for society to sit up and take it seriously. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:00 am

Reader Janette Ghedotte writes:

“Hi, Diane.

Thank you for your “Open Letter to Camlle Cosby” article. I am a clinical psychologist, a certified Body Language expert, and the Founder & CEO of Accurate Body Language LLC. I have closely followed the Cosby debacle and conducted the following analysis on my blog/website:

Statement Analysis of Camille Cosby ‘Letter:’
http://accuratebodylanguage.com/2014/12/16/does-the-statement-analysis-of-camille-cosbys-in-defense-of-husband-bill-cosby-contain-a-true-denial/

Body Language Analysis of 3 of his accusers Beth Ferrier, Helen Hayes, and Chelan:
http://accuratebodylanguage.com/2014/12/04/bill-cosby-daddy-says-wake-up-to-alleged-17-yr-old-rape-victim-womens-accurate-body-language-speak-the-truth/

Bill Cosby’s Embedded Confession in ‘Evil Man:’
http://accuratebodylanguage.com/2014/11/28/did-bill-cosby-reveal-the-truth-on-bahama-stage-bill-cosby-youre-an-evil-man/

Accuser Angela Leslie’s Body Language Analysis:
http://accuratebodylanguage.com/2014/11/24/what-another-bill-cosby-accuser-is-actress-angela-leslie-lying-or-telling-the-truth/

Statement Analysis of Attorney John P. Schmitt:
http://accuratebodylanguage.com/2014/11/18/hey-hey-hey-bill-cosby-is-silent-on-npr-interview-with-scott-simon-regarding-sexual-assault-allegations-accurate-body-language-statement-analysis-of-attorneys-response/

Feel free to contact me for Accurate Body Language, detection deception, and statement analysis services.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:01 am

ABQ Journal Reader Jason S writes:

“Ms Dimond,
I have no personal interest in the Bill Cosby accusations matter, one way or the other. However, I find it reprehensible that someone with your background and knowledge would use your position to try someone in the “court of public opinion”. That, in case you have forgotten, is not how we do things in America, and you know better. For this misstep on your part, you will have repercussions to address.

And just because you “feel compelled to write this open letter”… does not mean you should act on it. You have a very broad public forum at your disposal and that alone should hold you to rethinking things 10 times over before you act on compulsions you may feel. Because actions taken such as this can foolishly spur on mob mentality. Your editor should be held culpable as well. Nobody needs you to whip up the frenzy any further.

Your “letter” sounds more like some kind of personal vindictiveness finding a forum. (Please sit down with yourself and have a deep conversation about that possibility.) There have been no charges nor investigations to bring charges. If that happens, then a court room will be the place to render judgement. Unless that happens…they are just allegations. Anyone who wants to boycott any shows etc, has that option to exercise as their own decision. But cancelling a show does not meet the burden of proof and accusations remain just that alone.

I, too, wonder about the accusations and as to what the truth actually is. I hope there is some way to find it accurately since both sides of the issue will be demonized without it. But nobody needed for you to jump into the fray, especially since you have no personal knowledge of the situation to share.

Your “letter” was on our op-ed page. Everyone has an opinion, which the constitution protects, but just because they have one…just like we all have a certain part of our anatomy…doesn’t mean it should be allowed to run free and all over everything… for if our opinions are not tempered with thoughtfulness and knowledgeable research…then the mess is very much like that of the anatomical part if unchecked. There is a time and a place…

You have abused your position to express personal opinion without the restraint of letting any facts get in the way. The court room is the appropriate place where the only opinions matter…. those of the judge and jury. Unless that happens, then you are no different than the protest mob leaders who act on their opinions as truth…irregardless of the facts. Those mob leaders burn and pillage the streets of towns most of them do not even live in. Someone in your position can burn and pillage the minds of people in towns across the country when you rabble rouse behind your column of “Crime and Justice” (where you are supposed to have the knowledge/experience necessary to write about it). I believe yours should be the calming voice reminding us of how our justice system is meant to work and not the voice stirring the pot of allegations.

In the words of our foremothers…mind your business and let Mrs. Cosby mind hers, she has a difficult row to hoe right now…and unless you know her personally and the truth of her life…you are not helping anyone with your personal opinion…keep it to yourself. You help the rest of us when you remind us of proper legal procedure and set the example.

Jason S
Albuquerque

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

Reader MJ Toni writes:

“I firmly believe the statement presented to be Camille Cosby’s was penned by Bill himself. I found the phrasing and choice of words very puzzling, but then comparing his statement “love and the strength of womanhood, yes, Bill wrote it.

Perhaps a question or two asked of Camille Cosby regarding her absoluteness on integrity: “Does she feel Bill is a person of integrity? Does the average person of integrity find himself so entrenched? How does it equate with those things she says she must have in her relationships? Not attacking or blaming Camille, but most women who comment on her situation are attempting to help her see the ridiculousness of her “stand by your man” stance. What integrity is she showing?

Thank you for your article.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:03 am

Creators Syndicate Reader Freddi With writes:

“It’s the deterioration of our social mores over the past 50 years that have led us to what we’re dealing with today. When women insist they can behave and present themselves in whatever skanky way they feel they have a right to do, then they’re going to have to expect to get the reactions they do. Good grief, if anything goes in this free-for-all society we have today – drugs, sex, cheating, lying, assaulting, men with boy or girls, women with girl or boys – yeah, I know there are laws against some of this stuff, but the “right” to do all that would appear to supersede the law, wouldn’t it? and so on – then why are these women so shocked and alarmed by the results they are getting. C’mon, girls, take some responsibility here for your own actions. These Muslim men (and the ancient Jews) had it right. They protected their women because they knew what cads men are, so they had their gals cover up just to lower the odds. And those basic Ten Commandments – whatever their origin – are just basic to having a CIVILIZED society. You can still do what you want, but just remember, there are consequences. You know the rules, you know what happens when you break them, and you know you’re going to have to pay the consequences. Either that, or the human species disappears. Which would probably be the best thing to happen. How’s that for cynicism???? By the way, despite the screen name, I’m not a guy. I’m a gal that’s been there, done that and know the score. So take a word from the wise and experienced.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

Noozhawk Reader Haiku Jew writes:

“Cosby isn’t funny
but his facade is a joke
Bill’s star has fallen.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:05 am

Noozhawk Reader Mya View writes:

“I suspect that Bill and Camille have been living a lie for so long, they no longer know what truth is, nor do they care. Their hearts have been hardened.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:06 am

Newshawk Reader Ar7wen replies to Mya View:

“I agree, that is the best explanation I have heard yet for Camille’s denial. I imagine her life with Cosby required her to keep her eyes closed for many reasons. And she has invested her entire life with this man. It’s very sad, really. And it’s horrifying how much damage ONE sexual predator can do.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:07 am

Newshawk Reader AgainstCorporateRule writes:

” THUMBS UP for this article!! If this were a petition, I’d sign it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:10 am

Newshawk Reader Pankaja Cauligi writes:

“It is especially heinous when you consider the young women were his children’s age and gave him their full trust. There doesn’t seem to be any remorse, it is still the same old stuff: denial of wrong doing, use of power and authority to assert his “truth” over these women who have suffered psychological damage.
Mr. Hyde has been exposed. His front of good Dr. Cosby is crumbling and is unable, for the first time, to salvage it.
I find my blood boiling when I think about how he managed to
bolster this front with his power and money and how these women have been denied a voice for so long. It is time for this to be righted, for these women to be validated.
Mr. Hyde, step up and show us your real face, acknowledge your wrong doing, apologize. This would be your only saving
grace.
As for Camille Cosby, she obviously has her head buried deep in the sand. I guess even intelligence and superb education are no match for man/woman’s ability to distort reality to fit what you want to believe at an emotional level. How sad that truth takes such a beating. “

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:11 am

Newshawk Reader Kris writes:

“Camille should not have said anything. To defend him and deny these things can only invite scorn. The same with the daughter. It was the same with Maria Shriver when allegations were made about Arnold during his campaign, and she lied to deliberately mislead the public. Family members lack credibility, and what they say should be disregarded, especially when it doesn’t seem to jibe with the facts or accusations .. so why bother?”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

Newshawk Reader LilaSincere

“I’m sure Camille Cosby knows her husband was a playboy and just accepted it, as many wife’s do. But her being the loyal wife she is defended her husband’s innocent just as others have done for theirs. I felt it was a mistake when she publicly released it, she should have let it be.
I feel the women willingly consented, for some stayed the weekend willingly went to his bedroom, it’s the drugging part and not remembering the night before that scared them. Some probably did some pot or Quaaludes which were popular back then and mixed with booze could do that and they too would get in trouble reporting it.
I feel them saying, “nobody would believe them” by not reporting it is a cop out. So perhaps the main reason they didn’t report it is for being ashamed of being with a black man, especially because it was not accepted 40 years ago especially and its still not really for non-celebrities.
As to Cosby being this fatherly figure on ‘television,’ well that’s it, its television, a character he played and that’s called acting. I mean look at handsome, masculine, leading man actor Rock Hudson, he did a good job fooling his shocked and scared co-workers, aside from the public by exposing his homosexuality back in the 1980s and you know he had sex with other men but no one knows who or who he may have given AIDS to or got it from.
Bottom line, the entertainment business is full of these types and always has been, and sex is a big part of their lives, so get used to it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

Twitter reader sfreemangolf writes:

“@DiDimond were you a victim of his? If not, butt out! You’re victimizing her by attacking her. Attack him, she didn’t do it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 10:25 am

DD reply:

“@sfreemangolf Its no attack on Camille Cosby. But her statement is a slap at the nearly 30 victims who have made accusations. #HeadinSand”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 10:29 am

Twitter Reader TammySloane writes:

“@DiDimond Well written! Bravo!”

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Suzan Clark January 5, 2015 at 10:58 am

In reading the time-line history- he went from grabbing and kissing, to groping, then drugging and touching..eventually leading up to full blown rape. It is clear that he ‘evolved’ as being a predator. There isn’t much that can be done now as so much time has passed. But, it is never to late to validate a victim, of which it seems many of his victims have finally been heard. It is sad they had to wait so very long.
As far as his wife is concerned, she is also a victim, as are his children.
Prayers for all..

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Twitter Reader olieishere writes:

“@DiDimond -Oh, I think Camille Cosby knows the score. She was likely pushed by husband to do damage control, after Beverly Johnson spoke up.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 4:56 pm

Twitter Reader terry1224 writes:

“@DiDimond I hope that he goes to trial and pays dearly. I’m appalled by all this. Celebrities get away with too much.// I know it’s innocent until proven guilty. I’m having a hard time believing none of this is true with so many women speaking out.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:02 pm

Facebook Friend Sandi Chaykin Teller writes:

“Kudos to you Diane I have been saying this for years and frankly all his friends and business people have all known about this for years and years yet no one dare report him !! She is not a victim she is an enabler plain and simple and his children his daughters should talk some sense into her for all their sakes.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

Facebook Friend Sheree Flowers writes:

“Curious. The women I’ve seen interviewed all seem legit and there is definitely commonality, but do you know if any of them have taken a lie-detector/polygraph?”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

DD replies:

” Not to my knowledge. When WOULD they have taken a polygraph anyway? Only one that I know of contemporaneously reported it to police. Only two have ever sued….”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Facebook Friend Ronald Jeffries Tallman writes:

“Love can be blind. I bet she always denies it no matter.

I’ve read that most rapes are not reported and many are “date rape” I don’t know if these are or not but sounds like so. He got away with it back then once, twice then on and on and figured ways to keep doing so which also involved $$$$. Ex NFLer D Sharper has been charged with 2 or 3 similar situations and he likely will spend a good deal of time behind bars. Bill Cosby took advantage of the situations, his celebrity status and cover people. Because of this new light I bet fewer will try to do this to others and get away with it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Facebook Friend Patrice Ekland writes:

“Thank YOU , Diane!”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Facebook Friend Nancy Kiley Erickson-Flake writes:

“She’s also a victim, and I can’t get in the head of her actions other than to say… I’m not sure this letter is the appropriate way to voice our disgust and self serving need for more drama. You make great points but then again it’s very hurtful at the same time. Just saying…”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

Facebook Friend Kurt G. Kaner writes:

“Probably because it was, and probably still is, an accepted culture in Hollywood. Casting couch.

Women are seen as sexual objects in Hollywoods world especially during Cosby’s time.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Facebook Friend Carmen Matthews writes:

“Wow, Diane! This is excellent. Instead of Mrs. Cosby forcing her husband to come clean with her, I’d invite her to admit to herself that she has been living a lie at the expense of so many women, women of all races, and at her own expense. I’d bet you that years ago, Ms. Cosby allowed her husband to bribe her soul, and she has spent many years in denial to justify or mask her shame. This is like a pressure cooker – eventually, everything will boil over, if she doesn’t congruently communicate the truth.// I believe that Ms. Cosby comes from an old school black folks belief system that says “Don’t air your dirty laundry. Blame it on anyone else but yourself.” It’s time to replace that!”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Facebook Friend Suzan Clark writes:

“In reading the time-line history- he went from grabbing and kissing, to groping, then drugging and touching..eventually leading up to full blown rape. It is clear that he ‘evolved’ as being a predator. There isn’t much that can be done now as so much time has passed. But, it is never to late to validate a victim, of which it seems many of his victims have finally been heard. It is sad they had to wait so very long. As far as his wife is concerned, she is also a victim, as are his children. Prayers for all.. “

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Facebook Friend Christina Martinez-Andrews writes:

“In the years past, it was easy for men to get away with rape. Now there is DNA testing, rape kits, etc; however, they also got away with other sexual harassment, such as touching, groping and trying to force themselves on a victim. Women were afraid to speak up then. I am happy they finally did.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Facebook Friend Steve Liddick writes:

“Bill Cosby could probably not be convicted in a criminal court because of a lack of hard evidence against him (not to mention the statute of limitations). Civil court, however, relies on a preponderance of evidence and there certainly is that. I might have doubts if it were one or two accusers. It is impossible now for Cosby to salvage his reputation. His attempts to discredit his accusers only digs the hole deeper and further showcases his true character.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Facebook Friend Andrea Saint James writes:

“If you are a young woman trying to “make it” in Hollywood, even today you are going to encounter this crapola. Powerful people make & break the rules. Back then, women still trying to break in would be terrified to speak out against a much loved icon. As a child, I was assaulted. I never told anyone until I was 40! I completely understand why these women didn’t feel they could speak out until they learned there were others.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:16 pm

Facebook Friend Roy Palmer writes:

“all these claims have to be proved in court…. i say prove him guilty 1st, not in the media.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Steve Liddick replies:

“Yes, Roy, Cosby has the constitutional right to presumption of innocence until proven otherwise. I also share your concern about the need to prove the accusations in a court of law rather than the court of public opinion. I also dislike the “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” cliche. Still, there is that avalanche of claims out there that is hard to discount.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

Facebook Friend Pauline Jaye writes:

“If he would just come out and say “I didn’t rape anyone” or “these allegations are totally bogus”, etc then perhaps people will give him the benefit of the doubt, but his silence and evasiveness is making things very bad for him. But then again, he could be keeping silent at the advice of his attorney or because of the settlement agreement he signed years ago.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:36 pm

Facebook Friend Robert Nentwicke writes:

“Diane, it was your work in the Michael Jackson travesty that first brought you to my attention. I admire your position regarding these predators who are placed above the law as a result of their celebrity.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:37 pm

Facebook Friend Lynne Adrine Camille writes:

“Cosby has 50 years of marriage, five children (one murdered) and a public legacy invested in her husband. We’ll never know all the motivations for her continued support.
As for Bill Cosby: He does have legal remedies available to him to confront the accusations leveled against him. Cosby – right now – could bring suit against any and all of his current accusers, suing them for defamation or slander. Again, all parties would be required to give deposition or testimony under oath, and the threat of perjury would be in force for everyone.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Facebook Friend Mike Beil writes:

“I honestly think the women were a little afraid…”

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Catherine Whitney January 5, 2015 at 6:02 pm

You nailed it. Who said “denial is a river in Egypt?” When we tell the truth and face the truth, we’re better for it. It’s more painful to live in the lie.

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Leslie Sewell January 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm

Agree with all you say and wonder where was the press all this time? It’s pretty shocking that none of this was taken seriously for so many years.

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truthisgood July 29, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Where was the press? The press has been cowed by fame and power before: Presidential secrets (JFK, Bill Clinton), the Catholic Church, etc. It’s nothing new.

Too many of the “press” are afraid to rock the boat. Which, supposedly, is their job.

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 1:08 pm

Noozhawk Reader StHargrove writes:

“Thank you, my sister! It’s amazing to me that people are still defending this animal who has been hiding behind his Dr Huxtable persona for THE longest time. Would Cliff Huxtable ever rub elbows with Heff at the Playboy Mansion? Hell no!!! That, in an of itself, is a conflict, having seemingly gone over everyone’s head. What is so wholesome about this old geezer hanging out at Playboy sponsored events, jazz enthusiast or not?

I agree with you, Mrs. C is due for her wake-up pill. I recently read that she was a rape victim prior to her marriage. How she could be so callous towards these women is amazingly sad and equally sickening. At the very least, he has not been faithful. It’s amazing, with such reckless behaviors, Mr Cosby hasn’t given his wife a whole lot worse, i.e., a serious and communicable ?disease, of the incurable variety.

Kudos to you for speaking your mind!!!”

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Facebook Friend Ann O’Neill writes:

“Camille Cosby and Dottie Sandusky should do lunch. They have a lot to not talk about.”

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Facebook Friend Ana Garcia writes:

“Bill Cosby = Michael Jackson”

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Facebook Friend Kilburn Hall writes:

“Cosby latest victim regarding sexual question society has failed to ask and solve. Does “no” mean know when you’re mid coitus and she says “No?” Or is it entrapment in the case of Mike Tyson, blackmail, extortion material? If you’re at a party at the Playboy House where everybody is doing drugs passed around like candy, it is rape? Really? You took the red pill? 30 years later when your lover of that night is a A-list celebrity and your own pathetic career/life has gone nowhere- do you have the right to yell rape? 30 years later? You lost that right first by being a willing participant in an orgy of drugs and playmates and secondly by not going to police immediately. America needs a return to a time of law and not these “he said-she said” media trials where you are convicted civilly but not criminally. I have no sympathy for you whatsoever if you wait 30-years to report a rape. You’re not a victim – you’re a golddigger and you…not your alleged attacker need to be put behind bars.
If you are a victim of rape- it is your responsibility to report it to police. Period! Now there are ways to do this for those too afraid. We have rape advocates, Take back The Night groups, special victims units, trained to handle these kinds of crimes. And America’s courts need to set a statue of limitations of no more than 10-years after alleged rape. And…rape kits must be mandatory for all prosecutions. No rape kit- no rape as far as I am concerned. And American courts need to vigourously prosecute rapists, even privileged celebs like Bill Cosby if they are guilty as well as prosecute modern day golddiggers who extort money out of a celeb like Cosby for extortion, blackmail, slander and other “criminal’ activities. As long as a Banana Republic like Florida side with the extortionists over prince Andrew, prime ministers, notable American politicians simply because prosecution and notoriety brings in mucho revenue for the Banana Republic… these blackmailers and extortonists, convicted sex offenders, like Epstein…the criminals will continue to make a mockery of the justice system. Innocent until proven guilty must remain America’s motto or we become a corrupt Europe, Mexico, Russia.”

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm

Facebook Friend Kyla Thompson writes:

“Kilburn – take your meds. You weren’t a woman 30 years ago. Report it to the police? You make me laugh.// Good for you, Diane – I’ve lost count but how can people really think more than 20 women who all describe the same MO are lying? And why doesn’t Cosby bring suit – he knows who they are, they’ve publicly testified so slander is there. Camille is probably emotionally abused and believes what she has to for survival. My issue is not with her – she’s pitiful. But he got by with this for too long and I believe the women. Defamation of his character? What do you think happened to the women’s character?”

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Diane Dimond January 6, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Facebook Friend Eve Martirano writes:

“Cosby has a sexual preference called raping drugged women. He’s going down slowly and painfully and we are watching it now.”

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truthisgood July 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm

Great letter!

I have been truly wondering how both his real wife and his onscreen wife could have been so snowed by this man. If these allegations are true, and I believe they are, how could both Camille and Phylicia Rashad have been so unaware? Or were they helping him keep his dark, dirty secrets?

Again, thank you for asking these questions, Ms. Dimond!

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Hargrove Jones March 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

There is such a sympathetic tone for white women, even when they are contributing to their suffering. Meanwhile, every Diasporan woman who has pointed a finger in the direction of a white man has been branded a liar, without the benefit of a trial.

If Diane Diamond can produce an article that disregards the feelings of the white female subject, comparable to her treatment of Camille Cosby, then I will listen to her…

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Diane Dimond March 27, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Mr. Jones,
Amazing to me that you would find a racial component in this column. It isn’t about race at all but rather about how male celebrities are alleged to act against dozens and dozens of women who claim they were sexually assaulted.

You challenge me to produce an article I wrote about negative white females?

Here’s one that immediately comes to mind that I wrote a while back:
http://dianedimond.net/stopping-domestic-abusers-starts-at-home/

And here is another one about a misbehaving white female Judge in California:
http://dianedimond.net/who-judges-the-judges/

And here is another about a white woman who pushed a kid to suicide by cyberbullying her:
http://dianedimond.net/todays-bullies-tomorrows-criminals/#more-9

And I could come up with several more.

You are obviously not familiar with my body of work. Snap judgments, such as the one you made about me, only drive wedges deeper. They don’t accomplish anything positive.

And by the way, you spelled my last name incorrectly.
~ DD

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