Way back less than a year ago, everyone thought this little old man was a silly fool
and did not pay attention. It was treated as a tabloid story
The Emmy-winning Cosby, NBC’s most bankable star at the time, used Scotti to deliver monthly payouts to eight different women in 1989-90 — including Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad.
Frank Scotti says he did "a lot of crazy things" for Bill Cosby, including being a coverup for the actor.
Cosby, while denying paternity, paid out more than $100,000 to Thompson over the years after their 1974 affair began. Scotti told The News that he believes Cosby was sleeping with all the women who received money.
They ignored that one of his alleged victims was 15 years old…. her name is Renita Chaney Hill
; this story was published back in November of last year.
It was treated with a gasp and people moved on to the next thing. People wanted to ignore this and make this go away.
Ignorance is no more.
Sometimes, heroes need to be accountable. Sometimes we need to call a rapist a rapist.
Sometimes, we accept that a serial rapist has been allowed to go free for decades. These women are victims and people
who have been able to corroborate these crimes. Yes, these were crimes that were committed. Every one of the women you see above had a a criminal act put upon their bodies and their souls
. **Trigger Warning**
“I didn't realize that I had been raped. Back then, rape was done in an alleyway with somebody holding a knife to your throat that you didn't know. There was no date rape back then. I just knew that something horrible had happened. But I couldn’t put a name to it. The difference between this and that rape in the dark alley is that his face would be before me every week on TV. People would mention a joke that he said: ‘Wasn't that funny?’ And all the while, my stomach would just be churning.” —Joan Tarshis
“In 1975, it wasn't an issue that was even discussed. Rape was being beaten up in a park. I understood at the time that it was wrong, but I just internalized it and dealt with it and pushed it down, and it resided in a very private place. It affects your trust with other people.” —Marcella Tate
Read these accounts. (After writing this last night I awoke to see that the server where the article is has been
flooded and the site is down so for now
, hacked. I will use this link from the NY Daily News
There was the disoriented and drugged woman who said Bill Cosby put his forearm under her throat after she revealed to hotel staff she was 19 and staying with the superstar.
There was the woman who couldn't form words as the star of “The Cosby Show” leered at her and her unconscious friend with “a very predatory look on his face,” according to a New York magazine article that publishes Monday.
And there was the woman who thought she was one of Cosby’s best friends — until she woke up naked after he plied her with medicine for a “headache.”
Many of the women say that speaking out is therapeutic.
“I’m no longer afraid,” said Chelan Lasha, 46, who says Cosby drugged her when she was just 17. “I feel more powerful than him.”
A total of 46 women have come forward to say they were assaulted by Cosby, according to the magazine. Many in the group say they've been contacted by others who have not yet spoken publicly.
“It was sort of like we were yodeling in a canyon and set off an avalanche,” Tarshis said.
Triggering that avalanche — a radical, rapid change in public opinion — took years.
Cosby’s accusers were previously portrayed as gold diggers and not taken seriously.
There are a lot of powerful people that want to make this go away. Bill Cosby raped women on a regular basis and has never been held accountable.
Look at that empty chair. How many people are out there, victims who can't sit there
? How many people are there that wanted to sit in the chair and can't because they are no longer with us?
People need to take rape seriously in this country. People need to take people who tell you they are a victim of rape seriously. All the money and power in the world cannot make that pain go away. Everyday there is a person out there who has been raped, probably by someone who is not as famous nor beloved by the masses like Cosby, but still has a right to sit in that chair and make the claim without shame for what was done to them.
Every day there are people who will walk past that chair wishing they had the courage to sit and tell their story. As for Cosby - he's done. Update
: New York MAgazine has been hacked. this is what they have tweeted out: