The Cosby File

By: Candice Teal

As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, more and more victims are coming out about their rapists. This movement has shed light on all kinds of men and women, and their extra-curricular activities behind closed doors. One of them being a great figure in African-American sitcom history.

Yesterday, on September 25, Bill Cosby was tried for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. This incident occurred in January 2004. Because of this extensive time gap, from them to now, many are left wondering why did Ms.Constand wait so long to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and raping her? The answer is simple, she didn't. In January 2005 she spoke up about the incident. Bill Cosby admitted that the sex was consensual but he did not drug her.

Fast forward, after Ms.Costand sued Mr.Cosby, a multitude of other women came forward to say that he drugged and raped them as well. In September 2005, he admitted to giving young women pills for sex. He identified the pills he used as quaaludes. These pills are sedatives and hypnotics.

Bill Cosby is now sentenced to 3-10 years in state prison. His lawyer motioned the judge to release him on bail while he starts the appeal process. The judge denied this motion, and Mr.Cosby was handcuffed and taken away. He now has to register as a sex offender and pay a $25,000 fine.

People everywhere are divided on the issue and sentencing. At 81 years old, he is legally blind and disabled. The pressing issue for many people is not the #MeToo movement but the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Many deem the sentencing excessive due to his health issues and his age. They also deem it as excessive because there are other people in high positions in the entertainment industry, politics, music industry etc, that have not gotten such extensive repercussions. On the other hand, many believe that if he did the crime, he should serve the time no matter the circumstances.

“America’s Dad” is now “America’s Rapist”. The question is, will his legacy continue to live on in the community he impacted positively, or is it utterly destroyed?

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