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    Bill Cosby played the devoted father and loving family man on television for years, but off camera, Mr. Nice Guy had a volatile temper, played the Hollywood big shot and was a hard-partying philanderer.


    With riches and success, Cosby indulged himself in illicit affairs in Las Vegas and partied with abandon in Los Angeles with celebrity swingers and Playboy bunnies at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, while his wife Camille was ensconced in their home.


    Cosby's world came crashing down when an old lover from the summer of 1975, Shawn Berkes, approached him with a child she claimed was his and promised to keep it a secret - for money. The child, Autumn, attempted to extort money from the funnyman years later and that story played out in public for two decades while Cosby begged for forgiveness from his wife.


    That story is detailed in author Mark Whitaker’s biography, Cosby: His Life and Times, published by Simon & Schuster.


    Shawn Berkes wouldn’t be the only affair that became public. In December 2006, People magazine reported multiple women who had accused Bill Cosby, now 77, of sexual assaults in civil lawsuits that he settled.


    Climbing up the ladder of success didn’t come easy for Cosby. He grew up in the public housing projects in Philadelphia and learned to joke around to avoid the typical violence that broke out. He was ashamed of his family’s poverty and his father’s drinking. He was never going to make it as a professional athlete, he needed a plan.


    ‘I had no backup plan. I had hit rock bottom,’ he told the author. Tired of shining shoes, bagging groceries and delivering newspapers, he joined the Navy to get off his block. But that wasn’t going to make him decent money. Once out of the service, he went back to school and this time he had to study.


    In his heart, he knew he was born to be a comic.


    Cosby worked his streetwise manner, observations and stories into a stand up routine and tried it out on audiences in-between folk acts in the early 1960’s in New York’s Greenwich Village.


    Playing at a small jazz club, The Shadows, in Georgetown, he met Camille Hanks, a student at the University of Maryland. Within two weeks, he had asked her to marry him. She was hesitant and needed to know if the relationship could survive long distance when he returned to New York.


    Her parents were opposed to the marriage but acquiesced when he agreed to their terms of completing a pre-marriage instruction course prescribed by the Catholic Church. Cosby commuted weekly to D.C. and they strolled down the aisle.


    Next stop for the comic - television appearances on the West Coast and record deals and albums that topped the charts. Wire-rimmed glasses, a bushy Afro and a thick Fu Manchu moustache replaced the plaid sports coat, the rep tie and preppy glasses he wore on the East Coast.


    By the late Sixties, he became the first black man to star in a television drama, I Spy, thanks to Robert Culp, who was responsible for getting him on the show.


    The secret-agent adventures and ‘divine bull****’ of the two buddies made them friends for life and the show a hit. It also broke up Culp’s marriage to sometime actress Nancy Ashe when Culp couldn't resist the charms of beautiful French actress France Nuyen, who appeared on I Spy.


    The Cosby Show, which began on NBC in 1984, had a seismic impact on the American television audience. Each week viewers were delighted by the antics of the African-American Huxtable family.


    Bill Cosby treated his television children much like he did his own, and audiences assumed when he embraced his TV wife, Phylicia Rashad, that’s how he was kissing Camille.


    With the show’s syndication deal, Cosby was earning $1 million per episode and jetted into living a luxurious, television star lifestyle in Hollywood.


    To keep up appearances, he had a staff of servants to help run his $500,000 brick mansion in Beverly Hills dubbed ‘The Cosby Hilton’ by his friends with thirty-one rooms, a pool and cabana. Cosby always owned luxury automobiles that at one time included a Ferrari, a Cadillac, a 1934 Aston Martin, an Excalibur roadster he bought for Camille, as well as a $130,000 Mercedes 600 SL convertible.


    Dozens of gold- and silver-plated ashtrays and humidors littered the room where he kept his trademark expensive imported cigars.


    Cosby was well on his way to amassing the fortune he had long dreamed of in his youth.


    Now in search of a tax shelter for his money, Cosby invested $2 million in a production company but the movies were flops and the company went bust.


    Cosby’s nest egg was gone. The decision was made to have Camille handle professional as well as personal finances. Instead of carrying credit cards, Cosby carried rolls of hundred dollar bills or ‘let business associates pick up his restaurant and travel expenses’.


    Cosby’s finances were also under the watchful eye of the IRS, which had audited their tax returns, visiting their home several times since Richard Nixon became president. Cosby concluded that his support of civil rights causes had put him on Nixon’s enemies list.


    One of Cosby’s greatest joys came in spring of 1969 when Camille finally had a baby boy they named Ennis, their fifth child. They made the decision, with the nest egg gone, to leave Hollywood and all of its trappings and look for a home on the East Coast.


    They found their dream house, a two-story, fifteen-room white farm house in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, and said goodbye to Hollywood – at least Camille did.


    Cosby had to go on the road to build that nest egg back up and that meant commuting to New York and Los Angeles for work -- putting him right back in the Devil’s playground of swingers and Playboy bunnies. His West Coast playboy lifestyle would catch up with him when he redialed Shawn Berkes phone number for another rendez-vous in Vegas.


    ‘Decades later, she [Camille] would confess to the pain that her husband’s "selfish" behavior caused her in their LA years, as he indulged a roving eye’, writes Whitaker.


    It was at the Playboy Mansion in 1977 when Cosby’s hot temper flared and he sucker-punched comedian Tommy Smothers in the back of his head.


    ‘Tommy had chided Cosby for not coming out against the Vietnam War and taking a more public stance on civil rights issues’. Cosby approached Tommy while he was talking with Hugh Hefner.


    Tommy complimented Cosby on his show saying ‘It was a really good effort’, which sounded condescending to Cosby, who refused to respond. Tommy then said, ‘Well, f*** you’! and walked off.


    ‘Cosby was so furious that he couldn't control himself. He slipped around Hefner and punched Smothers in the head from behind, so hard that the smaller comedian fell to the ground.

    ‘C’mon, I’ll kick your ass’! he shouted at Smothers’…Hef separated the two men and it was the talk of the town by morning.


    Cosby’s violent temper had erupted on the set of The Cosby Show at the end of the first season. Frustrated during rehearsal, Cosby directed his anger at a cameraman he thought was slacking off. ‘Cosby grabbed the technician and looked as if he was going to take a swing at him until Ahmad Rashad, who was dating [Cosby’s TV wife,] Phylicia Ayers-Allen and was visiting the set, stepped into restrain him’.


    Money was rolling back in when Cosby became a pitchman for Jello. He was able to buy more acres surrounding their property in Massachusetts, a brownstone in New York City, and a home back on the West Coast in the Pacific Palisades.


    The couple was loving their luxurious lifestyle again, spending summers in the south of France, owning a private plane and jetting off anywhere at a moment’s notice.


    For a birthday present, Cosby bought Camille a jet black Rolls-Royce along with the services of a chauffeur whenever she was in New York City. Life was good.


    Ennis, his adored son, was the apple of his father’s eye and traveling on the road with his father but he wasn’t doing well in school. His father thought he was lazy and urged him to study more.


    At age forty in 1977, Cosby told Camille he was going to cut back on his playboy ways and devote himself to his loving wife and their children.


    He sobbed with relief that Camille ‘had stayed with him despite his indiscretions, that she was there to care for his children and his mother and help guide his professional and financial decisions’.


    As they grew older, the couple was growing closer – but Autumn Jackson, his alleged daughter with Shawn Berkes, was still on the horizon with her extortion demand.


    Trouble erupted at home when his second-born daughter, Erinn, turned into a wild child at fourteen and started drinking alcohol and smoking pot at boarding school. When she got to college she gave up on doing schoolwork and got into snorting cocaine. By sophomore year, she dropped out.


    The response from home was tough love. There would be no money forthcoming for her support although she could call for help. ‘Camille ‘iced her’, as one family friend put it’.



    Errin was sent to therapy and she wrote her father that she had developed a $200-a-day cocaine habit. Cosby offered to pay for rehab but she wasn’t welcome back in the house until she kicked the habit.


    ‘You think you’re not a good parent because you don’t answer the call. But you can’t let the kid use you,’ Cosby told Lawrence Christon, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.


    To some, ‘the interview provided an unsettling glimpse at the judgmental, sometimes pitiless side of Cosby’s personality’.


    When Cosby learned that Ennis’s learning problems were caused by dyslexia, he sent his son to the George School, a low key boarding school in Bucks Country, Pennsylvania. When he graduated he was accepted into Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.


    All along, Cosby had suggested that Ennis’s learning difficulties were ‘a character flaw’ and called him lazy.


    In the early 1990s, doctors discovered that Cosby ‘was suffering from a rare form of glaucoma that had already robbed him of peripheral vision in one eye’. He underwent multiple operations, had acupuncture, experimented with Chinese medicine but nothing changed.


    ‘Over the next twenty-five years, the vision in the first eye and then in the other would slowly but irreversibly deteriorate’. It took a decade for others to realize that anything was wrong.


    In 1997, Ennis was out in LA. He had been to a party where he was discussing learning disabilities with Stephanie Crane, daughter of a comedy writer, and she suggested they continue the discussion at her home in Sherman Oaks, in the San Fernando Valley.


    Ennis was minutes from his destination when he had a flat tire in the $130,000 Mercedes 600 SL convertible he was driving, his mother’s car. Camille had warned him not to drive that car because of the epidemic of car-jackings in Los Angles at the time, as well racial profiling by LA cops suspicious of a young black man driving a luxury vehicle.


    Ennis called Stephanie on the phone to advise her of the flat. She showed up wearing a lavish mink coat only to be confronted while in the car by a thug brandishing a gun. She stepped on the accelerator and left the scene quickly – but not before seeing Ennis lying on the ground with a single bullet wound in his head.


    ‘Instead of a freak accident or a targeted racial killing, the clues suggested, Ennis Cosby’s murder may have been a tragic case of mistaken identity by a cocky thug hoping to rob two wealthy parties in a drug deal’, writes Whitaker.


    Cosby’s heart was shattered.


    He commissioned paintings, sculptures and busts of Ennis for his Massachusetts and Manhattan homes where everyone could see them. ‘And several times a day he talked to the likenesses, as though they could hear him, delivering the latest news of family and friends’.


    Cosby has never recovered from the profound loss of his son. He is more withdrawn but still travels thirty weeks out of the year to play the casinos of Vegas, concert halls of New York and Washington, college auditoriums, regional playhouses and athletic arenas.


    His glaucoma is now so bad that one eye is clouded over and he cannot make out objects more than ten feet away.


    But that nest egg is ever increasing and he has amassed a personal fortune in investments, real estate and artwork valued at close to half a billion dollars.


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    Didn't realize he was THAT much of a dick.
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    wonder if the book explains those ghastly sweaters he wore!

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    How is cutting off a manipulative drug-addicted daughter being pitiless? He was hard on Ennis though, who had dyslexia...
    My mom was friends with the mother of Louis Dix, the comedian who did his act on Cosby You Bet Your Life show. She got us tickets. Former Miss America Debbye Turner was one of the guests. They did not get along. I'm not sure why, but my uncle insists that it was because he hit on Debbye and she rejected him. She is a devout Christian and would never do that with a married man. He had also invited a gaggle of students from his alma mater, Temple U. They sat in the two rows in front of us and acted so obnoxious and entitled my mother was tempted to move. That is when I first heard the rumors about his cheating on Camille, who I still think is one of the most beautiful women I've seen. I feel bad for him because of Ennis being killed by that lowlife, but can't excuse the cheating on Camille. She had his back from day one - he BEGGED her to marry him, and she did despite her parents' objections. Success corrupts - it does 99.9% of the time.
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    This is very poorly written. It jumps time frequently, instead of going in order. One sentence has him on the Cosby show, in the next sentence, he's broke. Doesn't anyone proofread anymore?

    I believe he's a dick. Remember Eddie Murphy in raw where he said bill Cosby called him out of the blue and he was so excited because bill Cosby was one of his idols, and all Cosby did was chastise him for using bad language in his act. What business was it of Cosbys of what Eddie did in his act? Pompous ass.
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    how can anyone fuck cliff huxtable? it just seems so wrong and weirdly surreal that he was a man whore and slept with all these different women.
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    That was poorly written, and overly long for what it had to say.

    Anyway, I agree, sput. Bill Cosby is like the opposite of my ladyboner material. I can't see beyond his skeeviness when I see him quoted in articles or on screen anymore.
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    Well many did not sleep with him willingly. Seems he needed roofies to get laid. Cliff is a rapist and an asshole.

    Bill Cosby Under Fire - Sex Scandals, Bill Cosby : People.com
    What Cosby never mentioned was the civil lawsuit he settled just two days earlier with Andrea Constand, 32, a former Temple University employee who claimed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Philadelphia-area mansion in 2004. Constand's lawyers Dolores Troiani and Bebe Kivitz ended up with 13 witnesses, most referred to in court documents as "Jane Does," who came forward voluntarily with strikingly similar claims of drugging and or abuse by Cosby. Terms of the settlement, reached before any of the women could testify, were not disclosed. But PEOPLE reporters have interviewed five of the women and share three of their stories now.
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    Do NOT accept jello shots from this man!

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    I would have needed a roofie too if I had to sleep with him.
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    Default The New Bill Cosby Biography Omits Rape Allegations Against Him

    Mark Whitaker’s new biography of Bill Cosby, Cosby: His Life and Times, is a hefty 468 pages, excluding its acknowledgments and index. It covers the 77-year-old comedian’s life and career, from his childhood through Fat Albert, The Cosby Show, and his prolific and ongoing standup performances. It also delves into his family life, including the 1997 murder of his son, Ennis.

    In the acknowledgments, Whitaker writes, “Without Bill Cosby’s help, this would have been a different and less revealing book, and I am deeply grateful to him.” It’s no surprise, then, that Whitaker’s tone throughout is admiring. Cosby operates under the indisputable assumption that its subject was a transformative African-American figure, and that his place in mainstream popular culture helped lead white Americans to being comfortable with the idea of a black president (“the Cosby effect”). Perhaps consequently, Whitaker does not spend much time on Cosby’s famous temper, nor does he dwell on his increasingly controversial statements about young black people, which have caused him to become a polarizing figure in recent years. In terms of Cosby’s relationships with women, Whitaker does refer to his “roving eye” — Cosby has been married since 1964 — and he reports on a “rendezvous” Cosby had with a 20-year-old woman named Shawn Berkes, who later claimed that she’d had his baby, Autumn. (This scandal came out eventually, because as an adult, Autumn ended up blackmailing Cosby and going to prison for it.) In his review of the biography in the Wall Street Journal last week, Edward Kosner described Whitaker’s handling of Cosby’s “philandering” as “circumspect to a fault.”

    And what is absent entirely from Cosby is any investigation of the 2006 lawsuit against him in which a woman alleged he had drugged and raped her two years earlier. One striking aspect of the suit is that 13 women came forward with similar allegations of Cosby drugging and sexually assaulting them, and they all volunteered to testify against the comedian had the lawsuit gone to trial. But Cosby settled under undisclosed terms. (The accuser filed a police report in 2005, but Cosby was not charged.)


    It seems like a notable turn in a person’s life, one that a biographer would investigate. So BuzzFeed News asked the book’s publicist at Simon & Schuster whether Whitaker would discuss the omission. Over email, she said that he was too busy to talk since the book was just released this week, but offered this written response from him:

    “I was aware of the allegations, but ultimately decided not to include them in my book. I didn’t want to print allegations that I couldn’t confirm independently. In the case of the Shawn Berkes/Autumn Jackson scandal, I managed to do that, based on court records and previously unaired interviews, and as a result I not only write about that case at length but advance the ball with fresh reporting. In the case of the other allegations, however, there were no independent witnesses and no definitive court findings, which did not meet my journalistic or legal standard for including in the biography.”

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/kateaurthur/...-sexual#hjw6z5

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