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Adenoid_Hynkel

(14,093 posts)
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 01:31 PM Nov 2014

Lawyer: Bill Cosby won't address sex abuse allegations

Source: USA Today

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first reaction from the comedian to an increasing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in the past.

In a statement released to The Associated Press and posted online, attorney John P. Schmitt said the fact that the allegations are being repeated does not make them true.

He doesn't intend to "dignify" the allegations with a comment.

Cosby silent on accusations during NPR interview
There has been a growing uproar over allegations that Cosby assaulted several women in the past.


Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/11/16/cosby-sexual-abuse-allegations/19131623/



"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."
- John P. Schmitt, lawyer for Bill Cosby
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Lawyer: Bill Cosby won't address sex abuse allegations (Original Post) Adenoid_Hynkel Nov 2014 OP
except... noiretextatique Nov 2014 #1
no, just paid off. mopinko Nov 2014 #2
discredited is irrelevant, only have any been proven true is relevant nt msongs Nov 2014 #3
Exactly, and so far, other than allegations, there is no proof that these are true. GGJohn Nov 2014 #4
To the courts. But by settling privately he's left all these allegations as open questions, forever. pnwmom Nov 2014 #13
You then believe discussion of anything not yet proven is irrelevant? LanternWaste Nov 2014 #22
it depends on who you believe nt noiretextatique Nov 2014 #23
If they are untrue, Mr. Cosby should... Mike Nelson Nov 2014 #5
Why should he incur the costs of litigation? Yavin4 Nov 2014 #8
He is lucky to have... Mike Nelson Nov 2014 #9
It isn't as though he doesn't have a track record rocktivity Nov 2014 #6
Didn't know that. TY 840high Nov 2014 #7
This is interesting... TeeYiYi Nov 2014 #15
i know some people in the hollywood scene noiretextatique Nov 2014 #24
civil settlements are not an acknowledgement of guilt Supersedeas Nov 2014 #27
The problem is that they're not an affirmation of innocence, either. rocktivity Nov 2014 #28
Unless he is indicted or sued, he shouldn't address them... NaturalHigh Nov 2014 #10
I tire of these folks who come forward years later Tommy2Tone Nov 2014 #11
She was 17....Cosby was already a Hollywood God Rebubula Nov 2014 #19
No matter what he said ripcord Nov 2014 #12
Here is a link to a 2004 case..and a settlement in 2006, you decide for yourself, it is ugly, NSFW. Stuart G Nov 2014 #14
Guilty !! Rhinodawg Nov 2014 #17
Why would he? AndroBaby Nov 2014 #16
Here is a link to a new story, with a video of an accuser speaking about it.NSFW Stuart G Nov 2014 #18
Post removed Post removed Nov 2014 #20
"They weren't marriage material. They were just one or two night stands"? uppityperson Nov 2014 #21
... noiretextatique Nov 2014 #25
probably the wise move since nothing has been proven Doctor_J Nov 2014 #26

pnwmom

(109,056 posts)
13. To the courts. But by settling privately he's left all these allegations as open questions, forever.
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 11:44 AM
Nov 2014

He hasn't cleared himself.

 

LanternWaste

(37,748 posts)
22. You then believe discussion of anything not yet proven is irrelevant?
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 04:35 PM
Nov 2014

You then believe discussion of anything not yet proven is irrelevant, or is your premise specific to the courtroom and legal proceedings only?

Mike Nelson

(10,043 posts)
5. If they are untrue, Mr. Cosby should...
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 02:14 PM
Nov 2014

...deny whenever asked. He should say any money paid was a mistake and demand the money be returned and given to organizations which deal with rape victims. Lastly, he should take legal action against the accusers - if they are making these false accusations, and if they are indeed false, the accusers should be punished.

...but, if they are true, Mr. Cosby should be taken to court and settle with each victim.

Yavin4

(35,520 posts)
8. Why should he incur the costs of litigation?
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 04:13 PM
Nov 2014

I don't know if these allegations are true or not. None of the accusers pressed charges at the time nor sued him.

Regardless, you cannot expect people to sue everyone who makes charges against you. That's unreasonable.

Mike Nelson

(10,043 posts)
9. He is lucky to have...
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 04:44 PM
Nov 2014

...wealth well beyond the imagination of the average inhabitant of this fine planet.

rocktivity

(44,605 posts)
6. It isn't as though he doesn't have a track record
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 02:40 PM
Nov 2014

Last edited Sun Nov 16, 2014, 04:56 PM - Edit history (2)

MamaMania.com: Cosby, now aged 77, settled a sexual assault law suit in November 2006 (a case in which 13 women had prepared to give evidence of their experiences)...

And then there's Autumn Jackson: Cosby admitted to having an affair with her mother, to whom he gave money. She was sentenced to 26 months for extortion which was overturned after she served 14. But then the courts overturned the overturning.

More


rocktivity

TeeYiYi

(8,028 posts)
15. This is interesting...
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 01:20 PM
Nov 2014

...from your Autumn Jackson link:

The original trial of Ms. Jackson and her two co-defendants attracted widespread attention because of Mr. Cosby's role as the victim. Testimony in the case showed that on Jan. 16, 1997, the same day that Ms. Jackson made her demand of $40 million, Mr. Cosby's son, Ennis, was killed in California. There was no connection between the two incidents.

That's a curious 'coincidence.'

TYY

noiretextatique

(27,275 posts)
24. i know some people in the hollywood scene
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 05:51 PM
Nov 2014

who confirmed his philandering and penchant for young women several years ago. kind of an open secret.

rocktivity

(44,605 posts)
28. The problem is that they're not an affirmation of innocence, either.
Thu Nov 20, 2014, 12:11 PM
Nov 2014

If I'm going to be out the money either way, I'm spending it on fighting the suit -- if I AM innocent, that is.


rocktivity

NaturalHigh

(12,778 posts)
10. Unless he is indicted or sued, he shouldn't address them...
Sun Nov 16, 2014, 06:57 PM
Nov 2014

unless he decides to sue the accusers for slander. The problem is that it's hard to prove a negative. Once a man is accused, there is always a question mark next to his name.

Silence is probably his best option.

Tommy2Tone

(1,307 posts)
11. I tire of these folks who come forward years later
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 01:26 AM
Nov 2014

The lady was 17 when the supposed rape occurred, not 10. She was old enough to do something and didn't. I think it is an attempt to extort money from Cosby.

Rebubula

(2,868 posts)
19. She was 17....Cosby was already a Hollywood God
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 02:45 PM
Nov 2014

She did try to bring it up over and over.

Who would believe some starlet as opposed to The Great Dr. Bill Cosby?

Stuart G

(38,527 posts)
14. Here is a link to a 2004 case..and a settlement in 2006, you decide for yourself, it is ugly, NSFW.
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 12:55 PM
Nov 2014
http://articles.philly.com/2006-11-09/news/25406830_1_temple-university-employee-bill-cosby-andrea-constand

It is similar to the article above, but with more details.., and it was current with the time of the settlement.

AndroBaby

(5 posts)
16. Why would he?
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 01:48 PM
Nov 2014

Bill's a smart guy, after all he has been at it for years. Till Bill is caught red handed old Bill will pay everyone of and keep his mouth shut.

Stuart G

(38,527 posts)
18. Here is a link to a new story, with a video of an accuser speaking about it.NSFW
Mon Nov 17, 2014, 01:58 PM
Nov 2014

It will take a while to view the video, probably because of the high volume. (don't know for sure) ..Very ugly story NSFW...

New Bill Cosby accuser surfaces, says comedian assaulted her
By Justin Moyer
November 17 at 5:45 am


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/11/17/new-bill-cosby-accuser-surfaces-says-comedian-assaulted-her/

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