|Bill Cosby got served with lawsuits.|
Allegations of rape are circulating against America's dad and chief complainer of the Black community.
The allegations against entertainer Bill Cosby are bigger than expected. I didn't even know about this, but I am going to cover this. We will follow this controversy on Journal de la Reyna.
The allegations resurfaced Monday, thanks to a Twitter campaign that immediately backfired. Followers were asked to "meme" photos of Cosby, but all the memes that flooded in were about rape.
Barbara Bowman says she reported her alleged rape at the time, but no one took her seriously.
In a CNN interview, Bowman claimed she was drugged then raped, though she said she never saw drugs. When she woke up, she was not wearing her clothes and knew she had been touched by Cosby.
"I didn't really talk about it much because nobody was believing it. And it was just, I was in a situation, I was in New York, my job was to work hard, go to classes, don't ask questions. Just be grateful for this amazing opportunity. Don't mess it up," she said.
Bowman says she was 17 and an aspiring actress when she met Cosby in 1985. She considered him to be her mentor. She said the sexual abuse began after she turned 18.
"When these things started happening, I wasn't silent. I told my agent what was going down," she said.
Bowman is one of 14 women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by the comedian.
Cosby's representative said they don't want to respond to old, resurfacing allegations. Over the years, Cosby has repeatedly denied sexually assaulting anyone and has never been charged with a crime.
"In 1989 though, I did go to a lawyer. A friend talked me into doing that, eventually. He laughed me right out of the office. It was terrible. It was humiliating. It was scary," Bowman said.
Dr. William Henry Cosby, Jr. (professionally known as Bill Cosby) is an American comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. A veteran stand-up performer, he got his start at the hungry i in San Francisco and various other clubs, then landed a starring role in the 1960s action show I Spy. He later starred in his own sitcom, The Bill Cosby Show. He was one of the major performers on the children's television series The Electric Company during its first two seasons, and created the educational cartoon comedy series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, about a group of young friends growing up in the city. Cosby also acted in a number of films.
During the 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in one of the decade's defining sitcoms, The Cosby Show, which aired eight seasons from 1984 to 1992. It was the number one show in America for five straight years (1985–89). The sitcom highlighted the experiences and growth of an affluent African-American family. He also produced the spin-off sitcom A Different World, which became second to The Cosby Show in ratings. He starred in the sitcom Cosby from 1996 to 2000 and hosted Kids Say the Darndest Things for two seasons.
In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante included him in his book The 100 Greatest African Americans.
In 1976, Cosby earned a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.
NBC was working with the Cos to develop a sitcom. They probably pulled the plug on that one.
David Letterman pulled the plug on an appearance from Cosby. Letterman got Regis Philbin as a guest.
This is a huge freaking controversy. Remember a few years back, Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who voiced Sesame Street's Elmo for twenty years. He was caught up in a scandal. He was being sued by three men who accused him of rape. These men said they were young and people didn't believe them. They said that Clash had a major influence on Sesame Street. That forced him to announce he was gay. He settled with some of his accusers and went into hiding.