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12/30/2015

Bill Cosby Charged With 2004 Sexual Assault

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:33 am

In Pennsylvania:

Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with felony assault over an encounter with a woman 12 years ago.

“We are here to announce today charges that have just been filed against William Henry Cosby. These charges stem from a sexual assault that took place on an evening in early 2004 at Mr. Cosby’s home…” Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a press conference. “Mr. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault.”

Aggravated indecent assault is punishable by up to 10 years behind bars.

Cosby is expected to be arraigned on the charge this afternoon in Elkins Park, Pa.

So there you have it.

31 Responses to “Bill Cosby Charged With 2004 Sexual Assault”

  1. Greetings:

    Is it Pennsylvania that has the already indicted Attorney Generalissima ???

    11B40 (6abb5c)

  2. Heh, heh, heh!!!

    mg (31009b)

  3. No statute of limitations?

    A.S. (23bc66)

  4. Never mind – looked it up myself. Statue is 12 years. 42 Pa.C.S. 5552(b.1).

    A.S. (23bc66)

  5. Cosby made a huge mistake when he talked about the black family. That put him in the sights of the angry left.

    I estimate that a very high percentage of the women complaining approached him with their career in mind. Monica Lewinsky no doubt had the same idea. Young women and powerful men. Errol Flynn was lucky to live when he did.

    Cosby, like a lot of men in show business, did things that we don’t approve of but were tolerated in a different time.

    Bill Clinton, of course, will be ignored and his impeachment, despite what you will hear from the left, was about lying under oath and not about sex.

    Mike K (90dfdc)

  6. he should get Hillary to defend him cause of she’ll tear the rape victim a new one and giggle like a hyena

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  7. Cosby made a huge mistake when he talked about the black family. That put him in the sights of the angry left.

    Mike K (90dfdc) — 12/30/2015 @ 9:32 am

    You don’t know the half of it. An argument can be made that the sole reason his sealed testimony in his settled civil suit a decade ago was specifically due to Cosby speaking out against ghetto culture.

    From CBS News, July 7, 2015:

    The testimony, from a decade-old lawsuit, has called into question Cosby’s denials that he drugged and sexually assaulted women.

    Cosby had fought the request from The Associated Press to unseal the material.

    But U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno in Philadelphia ruled: “The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist, and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter to which the AP – and by extension the public – has a significant interest.”

    Cosby’s moralizing also triggered the most recent round of allegations by more than two dozen women who say he assaulted them. Last October, 31-year-old comedian Hannibal Buress set off the storm when he noted the contrast between Cosby’s image and the accusations.

    “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!'” Buress said. “Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

    There’s no doubt in my mind there’s fire from whence all this smoke has been coming. If it’s all true, Cosby should pay the consequences, regardless of his fame, wealth, or place in history. Left intact by anything that happens from this point forward is the totally valid point he was making.

    Hey, Hannibal Buress! I’m just as black as you are and two times as black as the President. I’ve never had a successful sitcom, I’ve never been a stand-up legend, nor have I been (like you) a dude who would be unknown if not for Comedy Central. I’m just a man who’s been frustrated watching as African-American men (in general) have been running up a down escalator for my entire adult life, and are now sliding further down.

    And I agree with Bill Cosby. PULL YOUR PANTS UP!

    L.N. Smithee (e750c1)

  8. Cosby, like a lot of men in show business, did things that we don’t approve of but were tolerated in a different time.

    True but Cosby went far beyond the casting couch, Cosby dangled the promise of a possible film career before vulnerable women, drugged them, raped them, then turned his back on them. Then threatened to black-ball them if they made a fuss.

    That puts him in line for a felony conviction, one which he fully deserves. And to top it off Cosby arrogantly portrayed himself on TV as a wise and virtuous father figure. The dirty bastard.

    ropelight (3f500f)

  9. i still like pudding

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  10. it’s so good

    happyfeet (a037ad)

  11. bubba is waiting for you. don’t drop the soap in the shower. it couldn’t happen to a better uncle tom!

    nate (020be6)

  12. Cosby made a huge mistake when he talked about the black family. That put him in the sights of the angry left.

    While Cosby certainly didn’t make the hearts of many liberals go pitter-patter, he nonetheless apparently was quite unhinged when it came to sexual encounters. We’re not talking about a guy socializing with women (or only those types of women) who have major axes to grind or with a deranged NOW-agenda, in which everything and anything becomes a case of rape. We’re talking about a guy who drugged quite a few women and then took advantage of them.

    Cosby is a perfect illustration of a person who, sadly enough — and in spite of his being fairly down-to-earth about socio-cultural matters in general — was driven into Jekyl-Hyde derangement by his genitals.

    Mark (74fce8)

  13. it couldn’t happen to a better uncle tom!

    Not too many of those types residing in wonderful, successful, prosperous paradises along the lines of the city of Detroit, etc, etc. Or the sort of place that armchair liberals should be required to move to for the rest of their life.

    Mark (74fce8)

  14. bubba is waiting for you. don’t drop the soap in the shower.

    Huh, so Perry is on record as suggesting that when Cosby is convicted he will be sent to the same hoosegow as Bill Clinton?

    JVW (d60453)

  15. $1 million is an absurd bail. Just where is he gonna go? It’s ridiculously high and it is nowhere near enough, all at once. If he is determined to flee, $1 million ain’t gonna be a problem. If he wants any shred of a career as a performer, he has to answer at trial.

    The prosecution, intended or not, serves to stifle anyone who may wish to speak out on the question of personal and community-level responsibility for AAs. It also keeps HRC’s coveted War on Women narrative in the forefront.

    Ed from SFV (3400a5)

  16. There was a complaint made at the time, but it was never prosecuted, apparently because of lack of evidence – that is, it was “he said she said” situation. But now all the other accusation can provide some corroboration. It took them a few months to re-open the case and get to this point.

    Sammy Finkelman (67f658)

  17. A Tale of Two Bills… One uses teh women for humidors and assaults ’em and the other drugs and assaults’ em

    Colonel Haiku (c7ccf8)

  18. So nate is a fan of rape. He thinks rape is AOK. Funny, even. So what exactly did Cosby do wrong?

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  19. We’re talking about a guy who drugged quite a few women and then took advantage of them.

    Or so they say. And they would never lie, would they?

    Milhouse (8489b1)

  20. My only points of reference re: Cosby are that an older gentleman I really respected played golf with him down in SoCal and said the man was a very unpleasant fellow, which given the older gentleman’s gentle nature and never an unkind word to say about anyone was tantamount to saying Cosby was one of the biggest assholes on the planet.

    And I also watched Cosby sub for Johnny Carson one night as he grossly insulted guests Steve Martin and Claire Bloom for no discernible reason whatsoever. So I tend to believe most of these accusations.

    Colonel Haiku (c7ccf8)

  21. Speaking of assholes…

    Colonel Haiku (c7ccf8)

  22. perhaps, but something other that Alred’s cavalcade is necessary to convince me,

    narciso (732bc0)

  23. In the released civil court testimony, Cosby testified that, in the 1960s and 1979s, he had bought Quaaludes with the intention of drugging women. It probably seemed a safe admission to him, since it was beyond the statute of limitations, and was a “Mickey Finn” drug he was no longer using. It was not used in 2004.

    Sammy Finkelman (67f658)

  24. so is it really a surprise, the incumbent did as well, but he had not dropped the hammer last time,

    http://news.yahoo.com/pennsylvania-prosecutor-makes-good-promise-charge-cosby-190744118.html

    narciso (732bc0)

  25. $1 million is an absurd bail.

    More money for the prisoner industry. A portion of the bail bond is not refunded. The bigger the amount, the bigger the vigorish. In Illinois, it’s 1%, $10,000 for a $1 million bail, which goes to feed the patronage and cronyism.

    nk (dbc370)

  26. does that really constitute evidence for trial, this is a serious question I’m asking,

    narciso (732bc0)

  27. The affidavit is not evidence; the lady will have to testify; but that’s enough to sustain a conviction.

    nk (dbc370)

  28. Greetings:

    In these days of the domination of sports by the relentlessness of databases that can produce more and more statistics of less and less importance, I’m a bit disappointed that that no media quantitative type has produced a decent, if that’s the word, sociological analysis of Mr. Cosby’s alleged victims. I thought that that might flow from that nicely posed and way creative magazine cover which proved to be such a bellwether in the march to social justice.

    11B40 (69b9c8)


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