I haven’t commented yet on the allegations against Bill Cosby. I have long said that if you were going to start a Mt. Rushmore of comedy, the first three faces on it would be Carlin, Pryor and Cosby. But as more and more women come forward, and now a 90-year old man who used to be his “fixer,” it has become undeniable that he is very likely a serial rapist. His attorney released this incredible statement on Friday:
‘The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.
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.
Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted.
This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end?It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.’
There’s just so much that is absurd and appalling about this statement. First of all, there’s nothing “fantastical” about the stories being told. Women are drugged and raped every day. Second, what does he expect the media to do, not report on the allegations? That would be completely irresponsible on their part. And they have practically begged Cosby to give his side of the story and he has refused. So any media problem here is entirely his fault.
But the real problem is in the paragraph I put in bold. His argument is nonsensical and hypocritical. If they had filed lawsuits, this same lawyer would immediately brand them as money-grubbing golddiggers making up lies to get rich. But now his claim is that the fact that they didn’t sue proves that they’re making up lies…NOT to get rich? Heads, men win; tails, women lose. As usual.
Addendum: Please don’t bring up “innocent before proven guilty.” If he is charged in court, he will absolutely have such an assumption and he should. But that does not mean that outside the court, we can’t reach reasoned judgments ourselves.