By now you’ve probably heard of Bill Cosby.
The late comedian, whose career spans more than half a century, has been accused of sexually assaulting dozens of women.
Some of them are now in their 30s, 40s and 50s, while others have died.
It’s been a very bad day for women.
But what do you think of Bill’s treatment of his female victims?
Are they fair game in a case that’s about more than just the accused?
The former Cosby star has always denied any wrongdoing.
He told People magazine: ‘I didn’t have sex with any of my accusers.
I didn’t do anything like that.
I’ve never even had sexual contact with them.
I’m a great guy.
I don’t even drink.’
His statement has sparked outrage.
Bill Cosby in 2014.AP/Getty ImagesIt’s been suggested that Bill Cosby should have stopped his accusers from speaking out in the first place, that he was ‘obsessed’ with maintaining a facade of innocence.
The BBC recently interviewed several of the women who say they were sexually assaulted by the star.
They described him as ‘obsessive’, ‘crazy’ and ‘obsession with his image’.
One woman who worked with Cosby in the 1990s said: ‘Bill was obsessed with being an entertainer, and it was clear that he had a fascination with his celebrity.
I never worked with him again, I don´t think I ever saw him.’
In a series of interviews with People, one of the accusers, Beverly Young Nelson, described how Cosby ‘used his position as a powerful television star to manipulate and control’ her.
‘He would come into my dressing room at the Playboy Mansion, ask me to dress up and then he would put me in the bathtub with him,’ she said.
‘And when he was done, he would take off his clothes and put them in his car.’
I don’t know how many times he did it, but I think he would come to my house and he would say: ‘Here, I’ll put you in a bathtub.”
He would have sex, he’d do whatever he wanted to me, he wanted me to feel this way.’
He was obsessed.
He would make me feel like I was nothing, that I wasn’t worth anything, that it was his business to do whatever.’
Nelson said that Cosby was ‘really creepy, a total creep’, and that the ‘sexual assault culture’ that surrounded him was ‘a little creepy too’.
The allegations against Bill Cosby have been around for years, but his current status has caused a stir because of the timing of the claims.
It was in April of this year that actress and model Beverly Young Nelson revealed that she had been sexually assaulted at the hands of the late actor.
She described a conversation in which Cosby said he would ‘fuck your mother’ while she was asleep.
Cosby denies this.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Cosby said:’I never raped anyone.
If I had raped anyone, I would have never been alive.’
But he did admit to groping a woman he met in 1993 and saying ‘you’re the sexiest woman I’ve ever seen’ while they were alone together.
In February, a woman came forward to allege that Cosby sexually assaulted her when she was 14 years old, in his Beverly Hills mansion in 1985.
He denies this too.
Cosby has been repeatedly sued by women who allege he sexually harassed them.
In October, the comedian and producer Bill Cosby spoke at the Academy Awards.
He spoke about his struggles with alcoholism and said he had been sober for 10 years and had a ‘good relationship with God’.AP/ABC via Getty ImagesBut the claims of sexual assault have been going on for years and are still going on.
In January, the US Supreme Court will hear a case about the sexual harassment claims against the comedian.
The court will also hear a lawsuit about his alleged treatment of former model Andrea Constand.
In the case, Constand alleges that Cosby assaulted her while she worked as a model for Playboy in 1989.
He denied the claims and said that he’d only been drunk when she worked.
He has said that his treatment of Constand was ‘not about fame’.
What about Bill Cosby?
In recent years, there has been much speculation about his current position in society.
This is because he was previously accused of sexual harassment by the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who claims he was only invited to dinner by the comedian in 2004, a year after the two had a consensual sexual relationship.
In 2015, the entertainment industry has been rocked by allegations of sexual misconduct against multiple women.
Among them, former model Ashley Judd has accused Bill Cosby of sexually harassing her in the 1980s and 1990s.
Judd said Cosby had invited her to his Beverly home in 1997, where she claims the comedian raped her.’
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