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.

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  1. George Smith

    He is being attacked because he dared to stand up and ask for blacks to take back their communities, take responsibility for their children, to respect their women, etc. I.E.: Conservative ideas.

    Finally the right storm brewed up, and the attack was unleashed.

    Tell me, when will CNN be going back to examine the women who accused Bill Clinton of his attacks? Never.

    December 8, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  2. simcoe1561

    Bill Cosby and Camille Cosby have spoken a lot about integrity and how Black men must step up and take responsibility for their actions. But Cosby obviously does not practice what he preached. It is ironic that Camille made such a big deal about INTEGRITY when she did her interview with OPRAH. Can Bill and Camille now honestly face Oprah and say that Bill's accusers are lying because the rapes were not reported when they happened years ago? Especially when Oprah declared that she was the victim of multiple rapes years ago – rapes that she did not report.

    December 7, 2014 at 7:55 am | Reply
  3. CC

    I owned a hair weave salon in NYC twenty plus years ago, I heard stories that were identical to the ones in the news today about Bill Cosby, in my Park Ave Salon, by more than one actress that didn't know the others telling their stories. They were the same, what are the chances of that? The absurdity is to conclude it didn't happen, these young women were all unknown actresses, mostly extras. Afraid of never getting the opportunity to live their dream they kept quiet for the most part, in fear of being black-balled by the powerful jello-pop Cosby show King. Sad, they didn't speak up, but some of them have moved on to be respected faces in the entertainment community, being silent was the price they paid. To pretend this didn't happen, is the insanity of it all.

    December 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply

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