A bad day for Cosby
10 October 2015 1:59 pm
Bill Cosby’s legal problems continue to intensify. Friday was a bad day for the alleged serial rapist when a judge in Massachusetts, Cosby’s home state, refused to throw out a defamation suit filed against Cosby
Three women, who say Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago filed the lawsuit claiming that Cosby's representatives damaged their reputations by denying their allegations in disparaging language. The women — Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz — accused Cosby of drugging them and then having unwanted sexual contact with them.
Cosby's lawyers had asked the judge to dismiss their suit, arguing that the remarks were personal opinions protected by the First Amendment and legal declarations made in his defence. Not so, said U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni.
How many women have come forward so far? That depends on who’s counting but most estimates put it around 50.
How it that Cosby has never actually been charged with a crime? A lot of it comes down to the statute of limitations. The alleged violations in question all occurred years ago, and in the US, many states’ statutes of limitations impose limits on how long a person may be held legally accountable for an illicit act. In Colorado, for example, the limit is 10 years. In Arkansas, it’s six and in Ohio, it’s 20.
Add to that the problems you get when considering whether the rape was first-degree, or second or third.
So chances are Cosby will never do time in jail for rape.
Still, his career has been irreparably damaged. This has all but wrecked Cosby’s nice-guy reputation as TV's Dr. Cliff Huxtable.
As Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played Theo Huxtable told Associated Press, the show’s reputation is now worth next to nothing.
"The legacy can't help but be tarnished. ...'The Cosby Show' was part of the fibre of American culture so to see that, to see that the show doesn't necessarily have the same sheen that it once did, is definitely a downer," Warner said.