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November 21st, 2014
09:31 PM ET

Why Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations are resurfacing now

On Friday night, Bill Cosby received a standing ovation in Florida, where he's performing as part of his comedy tour.

The ovation comes as two more Bill Cosby accusers speak out. At least a dozen women have broken their silence.

Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations

There were reports of alleged sexual assault back in 2005, but it wasn't until another comedian recently called out Cosby that women started coming forward with strikingly similar stories.

In a statement released late Friday night, Cosby's attorney, Martin Singer, says

The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.

These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.
It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.

Susan Candiotti reports for OutFront.

Filed under: Bill Cosby • Entertainment • News
November 19th, 2014
08:55 PM ET

NBC, Netflix drop Bill Cosby as former supermodel Janice Dickinson claims comedian sexual assaulted her

In the wake of losing major comedy deals with NBC and Netflix, Bill Cosby is no longer remaining silent about women coming forward with allegations of rape.

Supermodel Janice Dickinson is the latest to claim he drugged and raped her – and the comedy icon's new lawyer – a so-called "pit bull" litigator whose celebrity clients include Charlie Sheen and Arnold Schwarzenegger – is striking back.

Jean Casarez is OutFront.

Filed under: Bill Cosby • Entertainment • News
November 17th, 2014
09:56 PM ET

Hatchett: Bill Cosby has to do some 'soul-searching' in dealing with rape allegations

Allegations that Comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted a number of women earlier in his career have resurfaced with a vengeance as another woman speaks out.

A former actress and publicist, Joan Tarshis, tells Hollywood Elsewhere, the TV icon raped her twice when she was 19.

Her story is strikingly similar to Barbara Bowman, who spoke to CNN last week about what Cosby allegedly did to her.

Bowman claims she was drugged, then raped, though she said she never saw drugs.

"I woke up out of a very confused state not in my clothes," she said.

Cosby appeared this weekend before a sold out crowd in Pennsylvania but declined to answer questions about the resurfacing allegations during an NPR interview.

Cosby's attorney John P. Schmitt released a statement Sunday saying, "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."

OutFront, Civil attorney and Judge Glenda Hatchett.

Filed under: Bill Cosby • Entertainment • Justice
November 14th, 2014
10:19 PM ET

Rape allegations haunt Bill Cosby

For years, multiple women had accused America's favorite TV dad, Bill Cosby of sexual assault. But it wasn't until the 77-year-old comedian posted a challenge on Twitter this week to meme him or caption a few classic Cosby photos.

Cosby got more than he bargained for when people created memes labeling him as a rapist.

One of his accusers, Barbara Bowman says she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress when she met Cosby through her agent in New York City. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Bowman claims she was drugged, then raped, though she said she never saw drugs.

Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations. CNN has reached out to Bill Cosby's representatives and has not received a response.

OutFront, CNN Legal Analyst and criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos.

Filed under: Bill Cosby • Entertainment • News
October 15th, 2014
04:31 PM ET

Singer's final song will make you cry

Singer Glenn Campbell has released what's being described as a heartbreaking last song. Campbell's not dying, but his memory is.

CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a sad and loving swan song. It's a trip down memory lane as a man loses his memory.

Filed under: Entertainment • Jeanne Moos
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