The allegations surrounding Bill Cosby just keep getting messier and messier. At least twenty women have come forward to accuse ‘America’s number 1 dad’ of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
Beverley Johnson, who made history when she rose to fame as the first African-American model to appear on the cover of American Vogue in August 1974, is now the latest woman to speak out. Johnson has written a disturbing article for Vanity Fair, alleging that the highly respected entertainer drugged her.
Like most Americans, I spent the 60s, 70s, and part of the 80s in awe of Bill Cosby and his total domination of popular culture. He was the first African American to star in a dramatic television series, I Spy, a show my family in Buffalo, New York, always watched. Cosby cut a striking figure on-screen then. He was funny, smart, and even elegant—all those wonderful things many white Americans didn’t associate with people of color. In fact, as I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”
Innocent until proven guilty, but a large number of women have come forward and told similar stories. Plus murky tales involving Bill and the alleged sexual abuse of numerous women have been doing the rounds for a number of years but were expertly brushed under the carpet, until now.
*note since these allegations resurfaced the entire Cosby cast has remained silent*
Listen, I loved the Cosby Show (well… the first three seasons) but always understood that Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable was a fictional TV character. It never once entered my head that Bill Cosby was like the good doctor in reality.
However, trial by media always leaves a bitter taste in my mouth and at this stage a man is still innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.