Bill Cosby tries to win black support before trial, despite years of berating black people

  • Bill Cosby goes on trial June 5 for sexual assault, and he’s spent the last few weeks setting the tone for his defense. 
  • In several media appearances and courtroom interactions, the comedian and his supporters have tried endearing themselves to black observers by painting Cosby’s trial as a racist witch hunt.
  • But perhaps the most striking part of Cosby’s campaign is how shameless it is.By angling to gain black sympathy in the court of public opinion, Cosby is glossing over the years he spent castigating poor black people for their alleged pathologies. 
  • In an infamous 2004 speech, the comedian lambasted low-income blacks for not “holding their end in this deal” after years of landmark civil rights legislation gave them more opportunities. 
  • At one point, he even suggested that death was an appropriate punishment for black people who engaged in petty theft. Read more (5/26/17)

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University of Missouri to revoke Bill Cosby’s honorary degree

  • On Friday, for the first time ever, the University of Missouri has decided to revoke an honorary degree. 
  • Amid sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, the university announced it will revoke the comedian’s honorary doctorate in humane letters, which it awarded him in 1999.
  • The curators of the University of Missouri announced the decision on their official Twitter page. 
  • According to the Associated Press, Mizzou system President Mun Choi cited the several allegations as the reasoning for rescinding the degree, specifically saying that Cosby’s actions were not in line with the university’s core beliefs. Read more (6/23/17)

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Bill Cosby retrial is set for November, judge rules
Bill Cosby will be retried on three charges of assault starting November 6, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven O'Neill ruled Thursday.
By Eric Levenson, CNN

The famed comedian stood trial in June on three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in January 2004.Judge O'Neill declared a mistrial in the case after jurors said they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict on any of the charges.

The trial was light on forensics and largely relied on the testimony of Constand, who worked as the director of basketball operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team at the time.She said Cosby, a powerful alum at the school, mentored her and gained her trust in order to take advantage of her. He gave her a pill that incapacitated her and then digitally penetrated her, she testified.Cosby, 79, did not testify in his own defense during the trial. His defense attorneys attacked Constand’s credibility, pointing out inconsistencies in her testimony on dates and details. His attorneys said that the sexual contact did occur but that it was part of a consensual relationship.Jurors were sharply divided in the case and reported being “hopelessly deadlocked” on a verdict. One juror who spoke with CNN afterward said that a retrial would be a “waste of money” because “there’s no new evidence.”


Carol Burnett and Bill Cosby with Cosby’s wife, Camille, at the 18th Emmy Awards ceremony, at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on May 22, 1966.

Bill Cosby is holding his award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series, for his role in ‘I Spy’. He is the first African-American to win an Emmy Award.