Bill Cosby has always been one of my favorite comedians. I can always depend on some good clean storytelling whenever he’s on stage. But right now, allegations of rape by a number of women, some decades old, have resurfaced, putting the legendary comedian in a no-win situation.
It all stems back to a lawsuit alleging Cosby assaulted her at his mansion in Cheltenham, Pa., in early 2004 after giving her pills. Attorneys for Cosby say the comedian gave the woman Benadryl after she complained of stress and sleeping problems. Cosby settled that out of court. Another alleged victim, former publicist Joan Tarshis came forward with allegations against Cosby, claiming that he assaulted her on two occasions in 1969. A third woman, Barbara Bowman, gave an interview to the Washington Post about her encounter with the comedian. Most recently, allegations surfaced involving former model Janice Dickinson. Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight that the comedian sexually assaulted her in 1982.
Many people have already made up their minds in his guilt. Whether they’re true or not, that’s not for us or the media to decide. The only person that knows if they’re true or not is Bill Cosby. However, explaining his side of the story will make matters worse, regardless of the outcome. Cosby has no obligation to say anything, nor should he say anything. It’s best for him to remain silent than to open up the can and do more damage.