First of all I'm not here to prove the guilt or innocence of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable! Oh I’m sorry, I meant Bill Cosby! Am I being sarcastic? Yes and No!
On the 1980’s hit TV sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” the 78-year-old comedian/actor played the role of Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable, the perfect loving father that many loved.
The Huxtable family portrayed what many black children were yearning for and that was a strong household, led by a strong black male. I say many because a lot of children and teenagers back in the 80s, including myself were raised in single parent/grandparent households.
When it comes to sports, a go-to guy is the one person on a team that could be depended on to lead his/her team to victories! On the Cosby show Heathcliff Huxtable was that go-to guy because he had the perfect solution for many problems.
Too good to be true? First of all here’s a doctor that had all this available time for his family. Let’s also keep in mind that Huxtable’s wife, Claire was a lawyer! These are two very stressful professions which requires countless hours away from home. It appeared that none of these negatives impacted the Huxtable household.
As of today, 36 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Some dating as far back as the 1960s! I have to admit when I first heard about these allegations, I figured that it was just a group of women looking for a big payday and dispelled their stories. I drew my own conclusions based on Cosby’s clean cut image. As the number of accusers increased, I then started to believe most of the allegations.
Their stories illustrate the same pattern of behavior, primarily the accusation that Cosby, then one of the most powerful entertainers in Hollywood, targeted them because they were vulnerable and gained their trust by promising to help their careers.
One thing which also remained consistent from all of his accusers, is that after having a drink with Cosby, they felt drugged and confused as he had his way with them. They were basically powerless to fight off any sexual advances he made towards them. In 1969, Cosby may’ve thought that Spanish fly was something to joke about during standup comedy acts, but we’re no longer in an era that tolerates such foolishness.
Although he may never face criminal charges from any of the accusations, Cosby is now facing the court of public opinion. So far this court has already cost him, his perfect image and millions of dollars from cancelled projects. (Cosby’s estimated worth is $400 million)
Maybe his accusers could have presented these accusations much earlier than they did, but I can understand that some may've felt intimidated by him and many wouldn't believe their allegations.
Let’s keep in mind that back in 2006, People magazine published an article in which Andrea Constand, director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, accused Cosby of drugging her back in 2004. In 2005, she filed a civil suit against Cosby and he later settled out of court in 2006.
The very thing that may drive the final nails in the coffin for Cosby's career and reputation are the recent released excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave back in 2005 during the Constand civil lawsuit. It was revealed that he had extra-marital relationships with at least five women, gave prescription sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with and aimed to hide the affairs from his wife, Camille.
Bill Cosby let many down, including myself because I would’ve never believed that he could harm anyone. Then again neither did his victims! It appears that he conned us all by leading many to believe he was this loving, caring person like Dr. Huxtable. Then again, isn’t that what a good actor does?
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