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    JELL-O MAN: Actor, Comedian, Educator, Tabloid Bitch and...Serial Rapist? - January 3, 2007

    People magazine recently buried a rare investigative piece (Dec. 18) featuring shocking interviews with three women claiming that Bill Cosby "earned their trust, then sexually assaulted them," but - because the story was hidden in all the fluff that drives celebrity magazine sales - Cosby-as-serial sexual abuser is still essentially a non-story. With this exclusive report, Hollywood,Interrupted endeavors to change that.

    William Henry Cosby occupies a permanent place in the American pantheon. Like Jackie Robinson in baseball or Sidney Poitier in Hollywood films (with whom he partnered twice), Cosby was the first to successfully cross the color line in his field - initially nightclub comedy, and then network television - carrying the struggle for racial equality and civil rights literally into the nation's living rooms. One of the most revered performers of the last half-century, his long-running series The Cosby Show and endearing commercials as a pitchman for Jell-O made him not only one of the wealthiest celebrities (he once considered buying NBC), but earned him unofficial status as America's first father. (He is the author of a best-selling book titled simply Fatherhood.) This was only reinforced when his son Ennis, 27, was shot and killed in a senseless act that was quickly recast as a national tragedy.

    Yet like many pathfinders, Cosby may possess an inexplicable and almost unfathomable darkness, one that has caused him to reportedly commit unspeakable atrocities in defiance of his public persona. Let's enter that mirror world where the father we felt we knew can allegedly defile young women who looked up to him, without their approval, and often without their conscious awareness - shall we, Dr. Huxtable?

    Bill Cosby was born July 12, 1937, in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. He followed a stint in the Navy with a career in stand-up comedy, where his accessible, family-centered routines and affable nature proved a winning combination for white liberal audiences looking to assimilate black comedy into their monochromatic world. A series of folksy, astoundingly successful comedy albums led to appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and then in 1965,I Spy, where he became the first black performer to be cast in a network television series or win an Emmy, paving the way for Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and an entire generation of comics. He followed that with several series, including an animated Saturday-morning show called Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids which ran for eight seasons, ending in 1984. That same year, The Cosby Show began its eight-year run at the top of the ratings, establishing a comedy beachhead on NBC Thursday nights that has endured for two decades. Cosby received a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and in later years, the father of five was presented with a Kennedy Center Award by President Bill Clinton. So great is his enduring appeal that in the ensuing national grief following his son's murder in 1997, radio talk-show host Tammy Bruce could be fired for stating her opinion, calling Cosby's wife Camille unhinged, and suggesting that the killing was not racially motivated, but possibly the result of the Cosby heir being in the wrong place at the wrong time in an expensive, carjack-able vehicle.

    Cracks in the Wall
    Two days after Ennis Cosby's death, 22-year-old Autumn Jackson and a male companion were arrested in Los Angeles after allegedly flying there to extort $24 million from the elder Cosby in exchange for not revealing that he was her father, following an extramarital affair with her mother, Shawn Upshaw, in the mid-'70s. In the ensuing trial, Cosby admitted to the affair and to having paid Upshaw $100,000 over the intervening decades and set up a trust fund in her name, but denied he was Autumn's father. Jackson refused to take a paternity test, and was eventually convicted of extortion and sentenced to 22 months in prison.

    Cosby generated controversy again in 2000, while speaking at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., at a dinner sponsored by the NAACP Legal Defense Education Fund and Howard University. Cosby chose the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision that ended segregation in public schools to deliver a rambling, unfocused speech that vilified "lower-class blacks" for their failure to honor the unspoken social contract of civil rights, and called into question their parenting skills. Middle-class blacks and black institutions were outraged.

    Allegations
    But even more recently, a new series of bombshells has threatened to eclipse everything that has come before it - including an allegation from 2000, when 20-year-old actress La'Chele Covington, who had performed a bit part on his TV series, claimed Cosby had fondled her breasts and exposed himself to her in his Manhattan home. No charges were ever filed in that incident.

    Andrea Constand, a then 31-year-old former University of Arizona basketball star and athletic department executive at Temple University in Philadelphia, Cosby's alma mater, came forward to allege that after a dinner party in January 2004, Cosby drugged her in his Philadelphia mansion, touched her breasts, put her hand on his genitals and that she awoke with her clothing in disarray and the sense that she had been violated. Her father told reporters that Constand, who has returned to her native Canada, had been good friends with Cosby, which is why it took her until a full year to work up the courage to report the incident to authorities. Although no criminal charges were filed against Cosby, the comedian recently settled a lawsuit filed against him by the Canadian woman, seeking compensation from Cosby for "mental anguish," "post-traumatic stress disorder" and the "loss of enjoyment of life's pleasures." The terms of the settlement, of course, are confidential. Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani issued a statement that confirmed the two parties "have resolved their differences, and, therefore, the litigation has been dismissed." (Translation: Cosby paid a gang of cash to have another sex crime accusation disappear.) But that wasn't the only related lawsuit his wallet vanquished.

    On August 28, Hollywood, Interrupted broke the news that Cosby had reportedly settled and paid big bucks to avoid fallout from a 2006 lawsuit filed against his attorney Martin Singer and a tabloid newspaper by accuser Andrea Constand. In her complaint, Constand alleged that she had been libeled, defamed and her privacy had been invaded by Cosby et al. See complaint here. When Hollywood,Interrupted broke that story, mainstream news interest was scant, elucidating the complicit nature of the media doing everything they can to protect America's treasured icons. [In fact, when contacted, a wire service reporter actually told Hollywood, Interrupted, "We don't want to libel Mr. Cosby."] But, more disturbing is Bill Cosby's long-time, uneasy relationship with the tabloids.

    Back when Cosby's son Ennis was murdered, an American tabloid offered a $100,000 reward that successfully led to the apprehension and conviction of the murderer. That victory for the tab became a bargaining chip in all future dealings with the superstar.

    In 2005, the tabloid was set to publish an expose on Cosby, featuring allegations from new self-described Cosby victims. A woman calling herself "Barbara" (see below) had agreed to meet with tabloid editors in New York City, and take a lie detector test to back up her claims.

    The tabloid realized that they had a bombshell story on their editorial hands, but the expose was mysteriously killed when Cosby agreed to a clandestine interview with an editor staged in a hotel room in Houston, Texas.

    What resulted from that meeting was a boring cover story in which the tabloid's prize was getting Cosby to thank the paper for helping to nail his son's killer, and some mumbling about shakedowns and, basically, how his accusers (specifically Andrea Constand) just wanted his money. Not surprisingly, the issue was a loser at the newsstand, but it does highlight the kind of routine deals made between celebs, tabloids and even the mainstream media - even if it means aiding and abetting an alleged sex criminal.

    Attorney Tamara Green, 58, a former fashion model and ex-wife of The Wild Bunch screenwriter Walon Green, has come forward to claim in any oracle willing to give her ink that the comedian drugged and forced himself on her over 30 years ago. In response to comments by the Philadelphia district attorney that she perceived as indicating the charges against Cosby were in doubt, Green announced that she has the names of three other women who will testify to almost identical stories of being drugged and assaulted. Green also claimed a young woman by the name of Page Young was so distraught over a similar sexual assault by Cosby that she was driven to suicide by a fatal drug overdose.

    "Do I want everybody to know that he [Cosby] had his dirty paws all over me? No," Tamara told the Philadelphia Daily News. But, the attorney decided to come forward with her sordid story in defense of Cosby's Canadian accuser. Tamara says that it is her "civic duty and moral obligation" to come forward so that the Canadian woman would not be intimidated by the Cosby legal camp, nor would she be alone should her charges make it to the Philadelphia court room.

    Tamara claims that while she was a model doing cosmetic and Coca-Cola commercials in the early '70s, Cosby employed her to help him open a private Los Angeles nightclub. Suffering from flu symptoms one day, she decided to call in sick. Cosby invited her to lunch at the club that day. "Maybe you'll feel better," Tamara claims he told her.

    When she arrived at the club, Tamara claims that Cosby offered her some pills that she says he told her were Contac. 10 minutes after taking the pills, she reports that she "was really stoned, I mean, smashed." Cosby then offered to drive her home and when they got to her apartment, she alleges that he attacked her by attempting to take off her clothes.
    "I started fighting him and he's kissing on me, peeling off my clothes," she said.

    After Tamara started screaming and threatened to throw a lamp through her window to get someone's attention, Cosby, she says, finally let her go. As a final indignity, Tamara alleges that he dropped two $100 bills on her end table and left. "That infuriated me," she said.

    Shawn Upshaw, the mother of Cosby's discredited "love child," Autumn Jackson, also told the National Enquirer, "I was put in the same position with Bill."

    When Shawn was visiting Cosby at his Beverly Hills rented mansion in the '70s, she claims that he slipped debilitating drugs into a drink he prepared for her. She then claims that the drink "looked strange" to her and she didn't want to drink it, but Cosby insisted she finish it. Then, she immediately started feeling out of sorts. "I knew definitely that I had been heavily drugged," she says.

    Although it was the last thing she remembered of the evening, Shawn claims that Cosby put her to bed, and she awoke the next morning "knowing I'd had sex during my sleep."


    Independent research has confirmed much of the above. It also indicates that everything that's been reported so far is just the tip of the iceberg. Hollywood, Interrupted has fielded reports from numerous women with similar stories to tell, who have so far refused to contact authorities or go public with their stories, but who continue to monitor the cases against Cosby closely. These include: A respected former media professional, "Barbara," who reports that in 1969, after a meeting on the set of a television show, Cosby slipped her a mickey and forced her into oral copulation, after which he tossed her ten bucks for cab fare. (To this day, she refers to Cosby as "Jell-O Man.")

    An airline attendant claims that Cosby flew her and her aspiring actor brother to Las Vegas and put them up in a luxury suite, promising to share his professional contacts with them. The weekend, she claims, quickly devolved into a wash of booze and drugs, and the stewardess says she had to repeatedly fend off Cosby's inappropriate and aggressive sexual advances. (Comment calls to Mr. Cosby via his attorney Martin Singer were not returned).

    These women's stories suggest that for the entire 45 years of his public life, Cosby has been, in Shawn Upshaw's words, "an incurable womanizer," adulterer and serial rapist. Moreover, the duration and degree of these incidents suggest a parallel history, one that promises to be both explosive and shocking, once revealed in all its sordid detail.

    Developing...
    http://www.hollywoodinterrupted.com/...l_rapist.phtml

    It also fits with this blind item:

    Sexual Predator
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    This is very disturbing. I don't want to think of Cliff Huxtable as a disgusting, sick old lech.

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    Sadly, I can totally believe this. It's always the nice, grandfatherly types.
    2 years...

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    Ugh, I never liked that guy. He always came off as creepy to me.
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    I believe this. Great comedians have a dark side. And the whispers about Bill have been circulating for years. What a bummer!

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    And to think he was that nice man with all those children whe he took over Art Linkletters show "Kids Say The Darndest Things"!
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    I completely believe this. He's been a monster behind the scenes for years. And there have been countless rumours and buy offs and hush ups.

    I remember thinking this at the time. Of course, who wouldn't be unhinged married to him all those years?


    So great is his enduring appeal that in the ensuing national grief following his son's murder in 1997, radio talk-show host Tammy Bruce could be fired for stating her opinion, calling Cosby's wife Camille unhinged, and suggesting that the killing was not racially motivated, but possibly the result of the Cosby heir being in the wrong place at the wrong time in an expensive, carjack-able vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pacific breeze View Post
    I completely believe this. He's been a monster behind the scenes for years. And there have been countless rumours and buy offs and hush ups.
    True, I've heard that he's a vicious bastard to women for many years now... no one wanted to believe a lech lurked beneath the smiling mask. This is going to be fuglier before it all comes out.

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    While I tend to believe this, I can't believe the woman who played his wife, Claire Huxtable, tolerated him (WTF was her name again?). She seemed to be a really strong chick would wouldn't put up with that kind of BS. Maybe he saved it for after hours though.

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    What a sick monster indeed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellatheball View Post
    While I tend to believe this, I can't believe the woman who played his wife, Claire Huxtable, tolerated him (WTF was her name again?). She seemed to be a really strong chick would wouldn't put up with that kind of BS. Maybe he saved it for after hours though.
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    Maybe Bill didn't pull that nasty stuff with her because she was a co-worker and he saw her all the time. Sounds like he went after women he saw here and there.

    So sicko on his part, he's got four daughters.

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    That is terrible if it is true. Somehow though I can believe this one.

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    Sounds like he saved his predatory impulses for women who lacked clout and money. Those women who have come forward and were ostracized (sp?) for daring to accuse Mr Perfect Family Man are owed one hell of an apology.

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    This is just awful. Next we will find out that Mister Rogers was a closet pedophile or something...
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    I registered to give props to the OP for this piece from 2007.

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