The Case Against Cosby – What Took So Long?

by Diane Dimond on January 4, 2016

Charged With a Felony

Charged With a Felony

It never should have taken this long. It never should have taken more than 50 women alleging sexual assault at the hands of a celebrity before that celebrity was ordered to court to answer the allegations.

But it has finally happened. Comedian Bill Cosby now finds himself in a very un-funny position. He was arraigned this week in a Pennsylvania court on a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault, forced to give up his passport and post a $1 million bond to keep himself out of jail. The charges were filed right before the state’s statute of limitations on such a crime would have run out.

The event that compelled Cosby to appear occurred nearly 12 years earlier.

Constad on the Temple Basketball Program

Constad on the Temple Basketball Program

Andrea Constand says she considered Cosby a “mentor” and “friend” to whom she had long turned for career advice. But in January 2004, after a dinner at his Montgomery County, Pennsylvania mansion, Constand says, she was drugged, ultimately rendered unconscious and sexually assaulted by Cosby. Constand, who is gay and was in a relationship with a woman at the time, left her job at Temple University, moved to Canada and there, about a year later, reported the attack to law enforcement.

Back in Pennsylvania, the local District Attorney took just a few weeks to declare he would not file charges against Cosby. But Constand, would not back down and filed a civil suit against Cosby.

The entertainer gave a deposition admitting, among other things, that he dispensed Quaaludes to women with whom he wanted to have sex. But he underscored his playboy lifestyle and maintained that all the acts were consensual. (That deposition was unsealed last summer by a federal judge who said the public had a right to know the real Bill Cosby.)

The Playful Playboy

The Playful Playboy

Despite the family-values star’s attempt to tamp down media coverage of the Constand case 13 anonymous women came forward to testify that they were also sexually assaulted by Cosby. In the end, there was no trial. The one-time Jello pitchman bought himself out of trouble with a secret monetary settlement with Constand.

Two dozen women, all claiming the same terrible crime had happened to them and still no charges materialized. But most had waited past their state’s time limit to file such a complaint – more evidence underscoring why statute of limitation laws for sex crimes should be scrapped.

Realize, the earliest accusation against Cosby dates back to 1965! That’s fifty years’ worth of allegations that all shockingly describe the same modus operandi. Five decades filled with what at least 50 women describe as Cosby’s “past bad acts” of rape and other sexual assaults.

After Andrea Constand settled in November 2006 the bad publicity all but died out.

Buress Re-Ignited Cosby's Nightmare

Buress Re-Ignited Cosby’s Nightmare

It wasn’t until October 2014 that another comedian renewed interest in the allegations. Hannibal Buress mocked Cosby and called him smug for lecturing black Americans about how to live better lives.

“Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby,” Buress said on a now iconic internet video, “So, brings you down a couple notches.”

A month later, Barbara Bowman, an Arizona mother of two wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post alleging she was raped by Cosby in 1985 when she was 17. The headline: Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 Years for people to believe my story? Bowman would have testified years earlier had the Constand case gone forward.

“Only after a man … called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest,” Bowman wrote. And she was right.

Bowman Was a Model Back in the Day

Bowman Was a Model Back in the Day

Now, dozens of women, many represented by attorney Gloria Allred, have come forward to describe in wrenching detail how after being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby they stayed silent, fearful of the celebrity’s juggernaut of lawyers and private detectives. Allred says there are more women who will soon reveal similar charges. And, she says, some of her clients may testify at Cosby’s upcoming criminal trial if the judge allows in testimony from others.

“If the past bad acts are allowed in its over,” according to CBS legal analyst and attorney, Rikki Klieman, and Cosby goes to prison.

But will there actually be a criminal trial? The sickening delay in discovering the truth now finds Cosby, 78, a seemingly frail, doddering old man.

Will His Age and Health Garner Sympathy?

Will His Age and Health Garner Sympathy?

At his arraignment he appeared slow, off-balance and, frankly, a bit out of it. I wouldn’t be surprised if his lawyers sought a delay because of his physical or mental health, a plea agreement to keep Cosby in home confinement in exchange for a guilty plea.

Right now they maintain Cosby’s complete innocence and say they plan a “vigorous defense.” Good, because justice delayed is justice denied

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:42 am

Facebook Friend Tricia Minahan Marchlik writes:

“He never acted “frail” until it was time to go for his arraignment… how convenient… I would love to see him pay for his offenses, regular guys on the street would.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

Facebook Friend Drew Rutberg replies:

“How true. He looks like a Mafia Don in courtroom scene from a gangster film”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:43 am

Facebook Friend Dan Dominick Mahan writes:

“His last trick up his sleeve will be altzhimers or Dementia? Going up against Gloria and Lisa , he’s in a panic.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:44 am

Facebook Friend Bob Barnett replies:

“That’s what he’ll do, but Gloria is just a big mouth extortionist. Other attorneys at the Santa Monica court joke about her.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:46 am

Facebook Friend Dan Dominick Mahan replies:

“It’s always been an ongoing joke about her being an ambulance chaser , however she’s done a lot of good work with woman and children protection, a lot not so public , I know the people’s perception of her she’s aware of it also , but all said and done , her work tract record is still pretty impressive.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:49 am

DD writes:

First time I covered a story in which Allred was involved she was representing a tiny California girl –about 9 or 10 I think — who was outraged that her Godfather had been molesting her. She WANTED to tell a judge what had been happening!!! And Gloria took her case. I then researched Allred and found she had, indeed, done some remarkable work – i.e. helped a young Hispanic girl file charges against priests -plural- who had raped her. She had children by these “priests” and Gloria came to her aid…likely as a pro-bono case. All illustrative of Dan’s comment above that Gloria Allred has done some impressive work, whether you like her style or not. ~ DD

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:50 am

Facebook Friend Kurt G. Kaner writes:

“He’s pulling a Vincent ‘Chin’ Gigante. Mafia don always seen walking around in pj’s talking to himself. It didn’t work.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

Facebook Friend Lisa Wolfe writes:

“He’s a sick, Sick man.. He will find some way to weezle his way out of this, because.. He’s a celebrity.. The laws are Unfortunately different than ours….”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:51 am

Facebook Friend Jackie Morin writes:

“Glad you’re on this DD! Are you planning on seeing it through? Would make a great book!”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 9:52 am

Facebook Friend Carolyn O’Connor writes:

“There is always the Kobe or Mike Tyson offense of ‘ what are you doing in the same room alone with this man’ defense. Even with Bill Clinton. We let most of these people go. He does have a degenerative eye disorder I know he has. Maybe a plea bargain in an institution. I will tell you he will not be sentenced.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

Facebook Friend Kilburn Hall writes:

“Millennials have no comprehension of the drug culture of the 70’s when parties at the playboy mansion were so popular they were televised. To judge Cosby’s acts then by today’s politically correct standards is ludicrous. Cosby was just one of dozens of big names to party at the mansion. Women went there to do drugs, drink, and get laid by a celeb. Time to close the book on this and establish a new statute of limitations of say no more than 10 or 12-years to prevent the practice of gold-digging, extortion, blackmail.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

Facebook Friend Linda DePeel writes:

“So hard to tell, but I believe he’s innocent.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

Facebook Friend Bobby Guthenberg replies:

“Really?? You need a check-up from the neck up!”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:01 am

Facebook Friend Roy Palmer writes:

” i say he is innocent”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

Facebook Friend Ted David writes:

“Smoke=fire … plus he admitted to drugging at least one woman.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

Facebook Friend Daniel Thomas Moran writes:

“He is guilty as hell, but like OJ and Michael Jackson, it will not matter. He will walk.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

Facebook Friend Linda Taylor writes:

“Diane….personally I think he’s guilty ….I doubt he will go to court of get what he deserves….and that is a shame…”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:03 am

Facebook Friend Julie Morin writes;

“The women who went to his house, did they think they were going to check out his sweater collection? Obviously they went with the intention of furthering their careers and if it involved sex, drugs well “you gotta do what you gotta do” 10-20 years later cry rape….sounds fishy to me.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

Facebook Friend Jason Jeremias writes:

“This is officially on of the dumbest comments I have literally read in my entire life. I have probably never read a comment that better supported bell hook’s statement “patriarchy knows no gender,” than this idiocy you so unabashedly unraveled.
Let us assume the trail of your thinking toward the destination of your conclusion in pursuit of your supporting ideas were contested with a few questions supported by a codex of empirical and theoretical patterns that uphold decades social scientific understanding of rape culture and sexual violence.
Number one, do you understand the term consent? Meaning you cannot have sex with someone without their consent or else by law your action are punishable as defined by state criminal statutes regarding sexual violence?
Do you understand, even if we uphold your assumption that the women went along to have sex, and do drugs, that had they entered and decided…No, I don’t want to have sex, and he drugs and forces himself on them, as he stipulated he did in court documents dating back to 2005?
Do you understand to consent you have to be cognizant, conscience and in control of your faculties?
So, Next, if you follow the genesis of the narratives of these women supported with evidence, some filed claims as early as three decades ago and were intimidated by Cosby and his lawyer. Now, let’s pretend they hadn’t filed and been intimidated three decades ago…How is the U.S. doing with its rape kit backlog in almost every state in the nation?
Consider that with the reality that the UN working study on women in the U.S. released just weeks ago stipulated that the U.S. is one of the lowest ranking developed nation in gender power measurements fulfilled with widespread domestic violence, and rape-300,000 women annually.
Now, combine that with your stigmatizing comment, the lack cooperation of police, and the judicial system, and the threats, and consider for a second what it might be like to stand in front of your family and describe in detail the sexual acts you were subject to against your will…I wonder why it takes women time to come forward if they do at all…”

Julie Morin They took drugs willingly, like so many did back in the day. I’m not saying he’s innocent but the women have to take some responsibility that they went there knowing that Mr Cosby could in some way further their careers, if it meant sex, then so be it.

Jason Jeremias Julie Morin The only person who has to take responsibility in the case of rape, is the rapist, period. If you go out and drink with a guy, and get intoxicated, the guy has the right to rape you? Do men often have to worry, if I do this drug, drink, urinate, go to this party, go to college, wear this clothes, walk down the street, go to work, go home, I might be raped? I think you should do more reading in understanding the supposition o objectification and dehumanization as it transforms the lens into a weapon of male misogyny that enacts violence, before postulating assumptions. Legally, or socially, no matter what you do with your body, it all comes down to consent. Also, the women, specifically in the trial at in question, the woman refused his advances, from which he consequentially drugged her.

Diane Dimond, Julie Morin, think the record shows that Mr. Cosby either repeatedly urged the women to take a pill (“Because it will relax you” or some such) or secretively slipped it in a drink before delivering it to them. Julie Morin, I wouldn’t call that “taking drugs willingly.” ~ DD

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

Julie Morin replies:

“They took drugs willingly, like so many did back in the day. I’m not saying he’s innocent but the women have to take some responsibility that they went there knowing that Mr Cosby could in some way further their careers, if it meant sex, then so be it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

Jason Jeremias replies: Julie Morin, The only person who has to take responsibility in the case of rape, is the rapist, period. If you go out and drink with a guy, and get intoxicated, the guy has the right to rape you? Do men often have to worry, if I do this drug, drink, urinate, go to this party, go to college, wear this clothes, walk down the street, go to work, go home, I might be raped? I think you should do more reading in understanding the supposition of objectification and dehumanization as it transforms the lens into a weapon of male misogyny that enacts violence, before postulating assumptions.
Legally, or socially, no matter what you do with your body, it all comes down to consent. Also, the women, specifically in the trial at in question, the woman refused his advances, from which he consequentially drugged her.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

DD replies to Julie Morin,

I think the record shows that Mr. Cosby either repeatedly urged the women to take a pill (“Because it will relax you” or some such) or secretively slipped it in a drink before delivering it to them. Julie Morin, I wouldn’t call that “taking drugs willingly.” ~ DD

Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:11 am

Noozhawk Reader AutoCoalition writes:

“Cosby will not be convicted. This case is even weaker that the case against Michael Jackson. The alleged victim went back to Cosby’s house THREE times after he made repeated sexual advances towards her. Her credibility is not worth a damn. Did he drug her? Maybe so, but the D.A will not be able to prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. BTW, Diane, do you believe Juanita Broaddrick’s (and at least 9 other women’s) allegation that Bill Clinton is a rapist? The evidence in those allegations is stronger than the evidence against Bill Cosby.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

DD replies:

I think at the very least Bill Clinton is/was a serial seducer and guilty of adultery. Rapist? I could be convinced….if only the case had ever gone to court!

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

Noozhawk Reader lejardin writes:

“I don’t know if Cosby will be convicted or not, but the upwards of 50 — FIFTY! — women accusing him says that your use of the word of “alleged” is rather pointless and lame, and your notion that her “credibility is not worth a damn” is idiotic. “Did he drug her? Maybe so…” Um, are you not able to read? Cosby has admitted it in deposition!”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:14 am

AutoCoalition responds to lejardin:

“Bill Cosby never admitted to drugging the alleged victim involved in the criminal case. He stated in his deposition that he gave her Benadryl, which is an over the counter allergy medication. Bill Clinton has at least 10 women who have accused him of rape/sexual assault. According to your logic, those accusations against Clinton are more than just “allegations”, they’re proven facts because of the large number of accusers. Does Diane Dimond support Clinton’s victims in the same way she supports Cosby’s victims? Do you?”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:16 am

Facebook Friend William Drummond writes:

“And the case comes from one of the most compromised jurisdictions in the country. Rife wth corruption and politics. Cosby walks, or more accurately, shuffles.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

Facebook Friend Vivian Llodra writes:

“I’m watching all this play out with my dfaq face on. He is now supposedly a doddering, blind, senile old man. However he was just on tour this past May. So either he went downhill faster than an Olympic skier OR he’s an actor.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:17 am

Facebook Friend Barry Solow writes:

“Hannibal Buress mocked Cosby and called him smug for lecturing black Americans about how to live better lives.” Nope, sorry, that is not what Cosby was doing. He was publicly and condescendingly scolding young black men and their parents, thereby upholding the canard that the condition of black people was to a significant extent due to their own behavior. He was being a hypocrite and exhibiting hubris.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:22 am

ABQ Journal Reader Bob Norcott writes:

“This ‘journalist’ has forgotten people are innocent until found guilty.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

DD replies:

“Mr. Norcott – If you notice, this piece was published in the Opinion section of the Albuquerque Journal. In an op-ed journalists get to express an experienced opinion – which is what I did. Of course, every defendant is innocent until proven guilty but as I stated I have doubts this will ever get to trial.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:28 am

Facebook Friend Joe Valayil writes:

“Money Talks Bullshit Walks.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

Facebook Friend Lyn Novosel writes:

“Two things bother me about this. 1. Why did it take so long for them t come forward and 2. Why oh why is his effing wife sticking by him? It is beyond my understanding. A dirty old man who may just get away with it.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:29 am

Facebook Friend Anton Lavelle writes:

“This creep should want a trial. High profile juries always have their heads in the sand…”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:31 am

Twitter Pal rajalowe writes:

“@DiDimond Great tactic. He realizes Cosby can’t be around much longer due to health or lack thereof so why not let the clock run out.”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

Twitter Pal BitCheekyNJ writes:

“@DiDimond think there will be a plea bargain?”

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Diane Dimond January 5, 2016 at 10:32 am

DD replies:

@BitCheekyNJ – #BillCosby plea bargain very possible. That would be one way to avoid a very embarrassing trial

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Robin Stevens January 5, 2016 at 10:14 pm

No more Pudding Pops for you, bud..

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Robin Stevens January 5, 2016 at 10:19 pm

I apologize if my comment seemed a bit weird…having been a victim of many things, including rape, my sense of humor is probably sarcastic at best and a bit warped.

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

Facebook Friend Mike Beil writes:

“Let him have the best lawyer, let everything come to trial, and then let everything come out…”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:01 pm

Facebook Friend Catherine Whitney writes:

“Good article, Diane. The lack of evidence that prevented prosecutors from charging Cosby earlier on this case is still a factor for the prosecution. This kind of case is extremely hard to win, especially if other women are not allowed to testify. His lawyers will paint a negative picture of the woman and raise questions about her intentions. They’ll make a big point of how she willingly took drugs from him to relax and how she didn’t cut off contact with him. Jurors can be very judgmental about women who claim to be victims of rape, as history shows. They hold them to a standard of perfection. If Cosby walks on this it will make it harder for other victims.”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Facebook Friend Kyla Thompson writes:

“He’s a pig.”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Facebook Friend Daniel Thomas Moran writes:

“I hope this does not turn out to be another, He’s guilty, He’s REALLY guilty, Only a crazy person could think he is not guilty, The jury did WHAT????”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Facebook Friend Bob Franz writes:

“Hope he has to share a cell with Sanduski from Penn State”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Facebook Friend Amanda Franz writes:

“You gotta love him counter suing the victims for defamation. Why doesn’t he give up? Nothings going to rehabilitate his image at this point. He will always be remembered as a serial rapist at this point…”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Facebook Friend Bob Franz writes:

“He’s been caught. He just can’t believe it. They serve Jello in Prison, right?”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Facebook Friend George Ciccarone writes:

“I knew he was doing this stuff for years thru a family member. I too am surprised it took this long,…well maybe not so surprised. With this crazy political correctness and then toss in a lot of cash to throw around, guess its not so surprising after all.”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Facebook Friend Kathy Deaton writes:

“I don’t think so either Diane Dimond all about money…”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Facebook Friend Gina Hammond writes:

“i agree; he’s like not getting punished here i don’t care who he is he used his popularity to assault woman.”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Facebook Friend Antonio Aros writes:

“why did it take so long? no one ever came forward until Cosby was poised to take over NBC. Strange huh”

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Diane Dimond January 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm

DD responds:

Cosby was going to “take over NBC?” Really? He had another series (or special) in the works….but “taking over?” …. Hmmmm. Even if true why would THAT be a catalyst? I don’t get it. Suggest we keep our critical-thinking caps on, shall we?

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