It is still painful for me to read the stories about the once great Bill Cosby, stories about years of alleged sexual assault, rape and other things done by a man whom I idolized as a child. It’s always the world’s biggest bummer when your personal champion falls off the pedestal. And this one is especially tough, because Bill Cosby epitomized what was good with America. He was an incredibly funny comedian who didn’t have to use raw, foul language, or sexual innuendos in his act to make people fall off their seats laughing. Cosby was also a fine actor. I’ve seen every movie he starred in. I watched every television show he starred or participated in. He was the all-around good guy in real life.
Mr. Cosby was known to the world as a family man, a good husband and a good father, and to hear about his exploits against innocent women that go back to the very days I first idolized him makes it incredibly difficult to stand by him now. I feel like that little boy was betrayed. I feel like a chump who fell for a scam over and over again.
Though I hope justice is done and Bill Cosby gets what he deserves if found guilty, there’s still a part of me that wishes these horrible things could have been done by anybody but him. And if found guilty, and we come to learn that he’s lied to us all these years about assaulting all those women I hope her burns in Hell. And that is what millions of fans like me will have to live with from now on.
H/T Law Newz
So whoever is running Bill Cosby‘s Twitter account might need some training in sensitivity and the law. On Friday night, Cosby, who has nearly 4 million followers, tweeted out a court filing in which lawyers for several Cosby accusers apparently agreed to drop some of their claims against the comedian. The Cosby tweet gloats about how “fabulous” the agreement is and claims it is “another win.” The tweet also mentions the great work of Cosby’s attorneys (free promotion much?). The non legally trained observer might assume that several of the Cosby accusers dropped their claims against the comedian all together. Especially since, shortly after that tweet, Cosby tweeted out an article saying that he won another “crucial” court victory. But, that’s not what actually happened at all, and the tweets are quite frankly very misleading.
“That’s outrageous. It’s fake news,” attorney Joe Cammarata told LawNewz.com. He represents 7 women who brought the defamation lawsuit against Cosby. “I thought he was blind, I don’t know how he could possibly be tweeting anyway.”
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) March 3, 2017
So what actually happened? Three women, Therese Serignese, Linda Traitz and Joan Tashis, who are part of the lawsuit, agreed to dismiss one of their claims against the 79-year-old entertainer for “infliction of emotional distress.” It gets a little technical on the legal front, but follow along for a second.
Since these three women live in New York and Florida, the claims of “intentional emotional distress” are duplicative under New York law and Florida law and are incorporated as part of the defamation claim, Cammarata explained. So the plaintiffs’ attorneys agreed to dismiss just those claims for just these women. Serignese, Traitz and Tashis are still moving forward with their lawsuit for defamation and invasion of privacy.
“We didn’t drop anything, we aren’t dropping anything,” Cammarota said. “We can’t wait to take Mr. Cosby’s deposition. This (Tweet) is inappropriate conduct on behalf of Mr. Cosby and his lawyers.”
In February, a federal judge in Massachusetts threw out a defamation lawsuit against Cosby which was filed by an actress who made claims he raped her in 1974. That case is unrelated to to this one.
Cosby is also expected to go to trial in June in the criminal case in which he is accused of sexual assaulting Andrea Constant. He faces felony aggravated indecent assault charges.