Almost everyone has an opinion of whether allegations that comedian Bill Cosby drugged and raped at least 25 women are true. However, female celebrities have spoken the loudest in the Court of Public Opinion.
Is it because rape is still considered a female problem? Are the women suspect because they took too long to come out?
It seems now that men are becoming more vocal—adding their celebrity names and faces to the growing list of accusers.
This week a credible source said he spoke to an unnamed former mentor of Cosby, who claimed the “Cosby Show” star drugged and raped her too.
Joseph C. Phillips, who played Lt. Martin Kendall on the show, said he had a two-hour conversation with the woman as she tearfully recalled her story.
Phillips played Cosby’s TV son-in-law for three years, and said he was troubled when the allegations began to surface last year. At least 2 dozen women have publicly accused Cosby of rape or sexual assault. Many of their stories are similar. However, he has not been criminally charged, and the time to file charges for most of them has long expired.
Coming to grips with the allegations has been difficult for Phillips, who once considered Cosby his idol. But after hearing the woman’s story, a woman he knew and would not have anything to gain by revealing it, he said he believes her.
He wrote an essay and posted it on his website titled, “Of course Bill Cosby is guilty!” It is filled with mixed emotions for the man he once looked up to and said helped make him the person he is today. For several months after the story made headlines, Phillips was targeted for comments due to his past association with the show. He admitted that he never saw his former boss drug anybody. He also said that Cosby’s wife of 50 years, Camille, had to have known about her husband.
Looking back, Phillips said he was deceived. “… I was also angry at myself for falling for the okey-doke, of putting Bill on a pedestal.”
On Tuesday, President Barack Obama, at a White House press conference, was asked about revoking the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Cosby. Without addressing the allegations, the president said the medal could not be revoked, then added this comment:
"I'll say this. If you give a woman — or a man, for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that's rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape."
Cosby admitted in a 2005 legal deposition that he gave Quaaludes to women with whom he intended to have sex, according to documents released last week in a Pennsylvania court.
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg, who was one of the few celebrity women not accusing Cosby of sexual assault, reversed her opinion this week.