Why Newsweek, Gawker Dredged Up Bill Cosby's Sex Abuse Allegations

Why Newsweek, Gawker Dredged Up Bill Cosby's Sex Abuse Allegations

TheWrap asks why the publications are bringing to light old allegations made against the beloved comedian

As Woody Allen‘s alleged sex abuse accusations are rehashed this month, several media outlets are also dredging up old allegations made against legendary funnyman Bill Cosby.

Gawker's Tom Scocca recently decided to unearth old claims made against the comedian, who has a brand new NBC sitcom in the works. ​”Who Wants to Remember Bill Cosby‘s Multiple Sex-Assault Accusations?” has garnered over 200,000 page views.

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Cosby has not been charged with any crimes. He settled a lawsuit in 2006 with a woman who claimed the entertainer drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home outside Philadelphia.

Inspired by the Gawker article, Newsweek reporter Katie Baker decided to follow up with women who were involved in the suit. Baker interviewed Tamara Green on Friday. Tuesday, she published an interview with Barbara Bowman, who offered more graphic details about her allegations.

“I found them from the story — and called them and asked if they wanted to talk,” Baker told TheWrap. “I wanted to hear what it was like to accuse Bill Cosby of this and then have it forgotten. I wanted to reach out and see what its like to have your story ignored.”

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NBC declined comment to TheWrap on the state of Cosby's sitcom, which is in the development stages. A spokesman for Cosby also had no comment.

Scocca told TheWrap he wrote about Cosby because he was surprised the allegations had disappeared down “a memory hole.” They were raised before Twitter made it much easier for accusations to spread quickly.

“It seemed weird that the Allen case had become something people were being newly appalled about, when it had been there for people to be appalled by all along, if they'd chosen to remember it,” Scocca explained. “That raised the questions of what other terrible allegations against famous people had fallen into a similar memory hole, which made me vaguely recall that there'd been some claims against Bill Cosby. And when I went back to refresh my memory on those Cosby accusations, I realized that they were really grim and well-attested, with multiple people independently claiming to have been victimized by him, all describing the same profoundly predatory m.o. But after he settled that one lawsuit, everybody just forgot about it.”

  • Exetarian

    Because in Scocca's world, nobody should ever be “forgiven” or “redeemed” — do one bad thing once, or even be suspected of something bad just once… have it hung around your head and suffer for an entire lifetime.

    How nice it must be to be so perfect that you can cast stones…

    • James

      People are forgiven when they admit to doing something wrong and suffer the consequences, not when they quietly throw money at a victim to make them go away.

      • Exetarian

        Since you and I weren't directly wronged, it's none of our business, is it? Disinterested parties need to mind their own business when the others resolve it to their satisfaction. Too many nosy busybodies in the digital age.

        • Lucas Jensen

          Or maybe people don't like rapists?

      • ksgchild

        how does throwing money at someone make them go away? If the so-called victim takes the money rather than seeking justice, what does that prove? Maybe they were after the money all along? Hmm, do you think?

        • psa1

          In America, financial retribution is the only form of justice. They were not going to lock up Bill Cosby, especially as he has access to gangs of lawyers.

          But what you really should be asking since you pointed out the payoffs is why would an innocent man pay off multiple women. Don't say nuisance pay off because it was more than nuisance pay off. It's more damaging to his rep to pay off than to fight for “truth.”

    • paf

      Cosby didn't do it just once. He had multiple victims.

      • ksgchild

        And it just so happened that they all took the money instead of seeking justice in the courts. Hmm, maybe they were after the money all along. There are many more greedy liars out there than there are rapists.

        • bret

          Hmmm…maybe this rapist relies on his money and phony public image to keep victimizing women…he probably chooses his victims carefully, seeking the most vulnerable

          • ksgchild

            I can respect that opinion; however, both mine and yours carries logical support. Besides nobody will ever know because they took the money instead of making the decision to show up in court.

          • psa1

            No, you have no logic. You sound ridiculous.

          • ksgchild

            Why do you have to be such a jerk? Get some common sense while your at it. How do I sound ridiculous? Articulate further please, high and mighty one. You also said, and I quote, “In America, financial retribution is the only form of justice.” How do you figure? If your as smart as your quote indicates, then your rationale stands suspect to say the least.

          • ksgchild

            Also, they ALL took the money. Nobody objected to taking the money now did they? Oh, except one person. What is it one out of fourteen?

        • learnhowtolove

          ks, wrong. There were fourteen women he raped. Only one settled in a civil suit.

          • ksgchild

            O.K. so if i'm wrong I will stand corrected. However, learnhowtolove, you only bring further strength to my argument. If only one settled, then why aren't the other ones coming forward? There was no gag order against them, any of them could have come forward and they didn't. And if your so sure he did rape all those women then what is your proof? You speak as if you were there when each act supposedly happened. Do you realize your logic is based on sheer emotion? Why not use some logic? I am not saying Cosby is innocent or guilty. What I am arguing is that nobody except those who were possibly involved would know, and none of the women proceeded with a lawsuit. And don't give me this “they could have never won in court” garbage. There are many similar cases where powerful figures were found guilty because the “obvious facts” about the incident were revealed in court. Try to use some logic in your arguments please.

        • The truth

          A rapist IS a “greedy liar”

    • Simsalabim

      Sure he can redeem himself. I've always been a huge Cosby fan and as a human being with even my open flaws, I won't throw stones…but I'm gonna throw his DVD set away…like, right now…

    • OC

      What? “Just once?”

    • learnhowtolove

      He didn't rape “once.” There are fourteen victims. Nice try, Cosby publicist.

      • Exetarian

        They aren't victims. They are “accusers.” And he didn't “rape” at all. He was never charged with a crime. In the eyes of the law, he remains innocent of any wrongdoing and his accusers are now “former accusers.”

        Nice try, Vigilante Judge, Jury and Executioner.

        • learnhowtolove

          Only rapists defend rapists. Cosby got away with it sort of (convicted in civil court) because he started drugging and raping decades ago, and only stopped when he became an old man. In this day and you won't get away with it, darren sharper.

          • Exetarian

            Only vigilantes declare people “rapists” who haven't been convoked in the only court that counts, which is a criminal court. We live in a society where you're presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law — a criminal court. Civil courts don't find for guilt. They are held to a very different set of much looser standards. Our society needs to accept that a lot of people get away with a lot of stuff and a lot of good people are wrongly accused of stuff. All that matters is the adjudication process. That's it. If you don't like it, there are dictatorships where things are much more to your liking.

          • learnhowtolove

            Yes, he hasn't been “convoked.” He won't get his TV show either.

          • Exetarian

            Wow. An autocorrect spelling nazi. You're a peach. Maybe you can set up a booth at the county fair and have people pay you 25 cents to get mercilessly and relentlessly judged. I'd guess not since you seem to have so much fun doing it free.

          • learnhowtolove

            Rapists don't get “relentlessly judged.” They get thrown in jail and forgotten about.

          • Exetarian

            Since Bill Cosby has never been in jail, you might do well to heed your own advice then and stop pretending that you represent the legal system.

          • learnhowtolove

            Cosby put himself in his own jail. He won't be getting another TV show.

          • Exetarian

            Here's hoping someone holds something over your head forever, preferably something you never did, so that you know what it's like. We have a legal system. If it doesn't go the way you like, you have to still accept its judgments.

            Deal with it. And stop being such a furious and relentless ass.

          • learnhowtolove

            Obviously you have something hanging over your head. Deal with it. You've been reported as making a threat.

          • Exetarian

            And you've been reported as lacking a sense of irony. Go troll somewhere else where your anger will be reciprocated by someone in kind.

          • learnhowtolove

            So what Cosby doesn't get his stupid show. No one seems to be angry about it but you.

          • Exetarian

            I don't even know what show you're talking about. Nor do I care. I care only about our coarsened culture's eagerness to start virally declaring people guilty of all manner of illegal offenses that have never even been tried in a court of law. We're becoming a virtual vigilante gang in this world, and it's going to have horrible repercussions for everyone. Just wait for someone to decide that all they need to do to ruin you is start an internet rumor and blow out the anonymous accusations. We need to accept that people are presumed innocent until and unless convicted in a court of law. Period. Apart from that, learn to shut up.

          • learnhowtolove

            Tell the fourteen women he raped to shut up. See how far you get.

          • Exetarian

            Show me the court order finding him guilty of rape and I'll agree with your assertion. Otherwise you're making accusations that cannot be backed up. Vigilante.

          • learnhowtolove

            A vigilante is someone who takes the law into their own hands without legal authority. Nobody has done that here, except for perhaps Bill Cosby.

          • Exetarian

            I see. So a vigilante is someone who declares themselves judge, jury and executioner whereas you've simply declared yourself judge and jury. I'm glad we've cleared that up. That's so much more acceptable.

  • Derrick McKinney

    If it were that big of a story and true why now? Obama is having an affair with Beyonce? Bill Cosby sexually assaulting someone? I have to ask why now? I know you will never see us a equal but damn! Give us a little break. It is possible that we are as human as you are and that maybe this happened and maybe it didn't. Ain't this the same game you play?

  • Robert Martin

    How you can compare child rape to anything in the world is just outlandish. I'm not trying to diminish the accusations brought by the women against Cosby. But it should never be considered the same

  • susanflys

    Speaking of old news…..what ever happen
    to Chandra Levy? Now there's an unsolved case that “fell off the
    radar” right after 911 and was never solved or settled out of court. Did a
    Washington Congressman really get away with murder and why hasn't anyone ever
    brought that back up? That seems more important/relevant than a previously-settled
    allegation case where all parties agreed to the outcome. I know Chandra Levy
    wasn’t a movie star, but still…….

    • nancy

      An arrest was made in levy case. The killer just randomly grabbed her while she was jogging .

      • jay

        yes, but the convicted killer might be getting a new trial as apparently there was a problem uncovered about the prosecution's key witness

        something about that conclusion always seemed odd — seemed so pat.

        her parents have expressed some doubts about the right man being charged

      • susanflys

        Yep. However….the key witness was a convicted felon and gang-member whose testimony has since been called into question. There are discrepancies in that case which seem to suggest someone else did it, and although Condit claims he had no part in it, he's also lied extensively about his affair with her, sooooo……..??

  • OC

    I know it's crazy, but with Corey Feldman's book and Dylan Farrow's letter, there's the implication of a Jewist (like Catholic) problem with the children. Well this story may really ‘rescue’ Woody Allen. Watch.

  • John Ross

    It was reported that right before he penetrated the young women, he would always say, “Hey, hey, hey…. it's Fat Albert.”

    • learnhowtolove

      Stupid, immature.

  • TGS

    I never knew Cosby sexually assaulted and drugged all these women.

    I have no interest in watching him anymore. Creepy!

  • learnhowtolove

    Cosby is the old man version of Darren Sharper. He belongs in prison, not on another stupid TV show. And certainly not one where he pretends to be a lovable grandfather dispensing advice on marriage and parenting. The NBC exec who greenlit this development needs to be fired.