It’s a family experience I’ll never forget. Heading for a Grand Canyon vacation back in the ‘80s, Carol and I first stopped in Las Vegas to see a Bill Cosby show with our young sons. It was a memorable evening. Then one of the most admired men in America, Cosby was at the top of his game: sharp, funny, inspiring.
We loved the public Bill Cosby. So did everybody else. Little did we realize there was also a private Bill Cosby. If the allegations are proven true, Cosby was a sick, power-drunk sex pervert who practiced the worst of behavior: preying on adoring young women; giving them drugs in order to have sex with them; and getting away with it. Until now.
Ironically, it was Cosby’s sermonizing — specifically, his ‘Pound Cake’ speech — that got him in trouble. In 2004, Cosby lectured an NAACP convention about blaming everything on racism. Pennsylvania U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo Robreno cited that speech in granting an Associated Press request for access to a deposition given by Cosby in a sexual assault case 10 years ago.
With that, Bill Cosby’s career was effectively over. Cosby’s been accused of sexual assault by more than 40 women. In a 900-page deposition given over four days of intense questioning, he admits: luring young women into his home or dressing room under the pretense of helping with their careers; obtaining drugs for the express purpose of having sex with them; and arranging hush money payments through his agent to hide everything from his wife.
Yet Cosby’s lawyers are now fighting back, accusing the media of ‘misrepresenting’ the deposition because, they say, he never directly admits to doing anything illegal. Technically, that may be true. He admits reaching out to young, giving them Quaaludes and having sex with them.
Cosby may yet face criminal charges from a 2008 sexual assault case now under investigation in California, where the statute of limitations has not run out.
Meanwhile, he should also be stripped of the Presidential Medal of Freedom received from President George W. Bush in 2002.