Billy Cosby is hailed as one of the favorite entertainers of his time. He was credited for reviving the entire sitcom genre through his popular TV show, The Cosby Show. The reputation of this star is stake after several women accused him of raping or sexually manipulating them.
Although I didn’t hear his interview on NPR, Brad Reifler and Reuters confirmed that Cosby refused to answer questions about the claims last week. The comedian only shook his head and brushed off the question from the journalist. This followed the cancellation of a show in which he was expected to feature to promote his collection of African art.
The rape accusations have been in public domain for years now but nobody believed them until recently when several women came out to accuse the comedian. Speaking to the Daily Mail Online, one of the victims, Barbara Bowman, said that the 77 year old comedian started manipulating her in 1985 when she was barely 17 years old. Bowman said that the comedian flew her to shows and instructed her to act as if he was her father. After the shows, the comedian would manipulate her sexually.
The victims claim that their cry could not be listened because Cosby was highly respected during his illustrious career. He raised eyebrows when he published his biography earlier this year without a mention of these claims. In 2006, the comedian had an out-of-court settlement with a woman who had accused him of rape.