Jill Scott Says She Regrets Standing Up for Bill Cosby

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In December, Philly-born singer Jill Scott took to Twitter to defend Bill Cosby, saying that “media/society is attempting to destroy a magnificent legacy … who has done more for the image of brown people than almost anyone.” But after it was revealed this week that Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with, the soul singer is changing her tune. Once again, she used Twitter to share her newfound thoughts:

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What They’re Saying About Bill Cosby

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Monday’s revelation that Bill Cosby testified in a deposition a decade ago that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with seems to have marked a turning point in the scandal surrounding the comedian.

It is still the case that Cosby has never faced criminal charges and has denied all allegations, although there are now several civil lawsuits outstanding. (His newly revealed testimony came in a decade-old lawsuit he settled privately.) Indeed, ABC News reports the “Cosby camp” released a statement after the court documents became public: “The only reason Mr. Cosby settled was because it would have been embarrassing in those days to put all those women on the stand and his family had no clue,” the Cosby camp said in a statement to ABC News. “That would have been very hurtful.”

But at least one high-profile supporter reversed course Monday, saying evidence of Cosby’s admission was enough to put her on the side of the women who have emerged in recent months saying he assaulted them after being drugged by him.

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Here Are the Unsealed Documents in the Bill Cosby Case

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby told a court in 2005 that he had obtained Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, AP reports, basing its account on newly unsealed court documents, which we are releasing in their entirety for the first time below. (The Quaalude admission starts on page eight of the first embedded document, labeled Document 48.) Cosby admitted giving at least one woman and “other people” the sedative, according to those documents.

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The comedian made the statement during a deposition in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who accused him of assaulting her. According to deposition testimony submitted to the court, he testified that he gave her three half-pills. He settled the suit for undisclosed terms in 2006; certain documents from the case had been under seal until the AP filed to unseal them following a flood of new allegations against the entertainer.

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Cosby Asks Philly Judge to Keep Docs Confidential in Sex Assault Case

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Most of the never-ending saga of the Bill Cosby sex crimes allegations has unfolded outside of Philadelphia. But on Tuesday, Cosby’s lawyers at prestigious Center City law firm Cozen O’Connor took to Philadelphia’s federal courthouse to stop three of his accusers from getting their hands on a confidential settlement agreement he entered into in 2006. Read more »

WATCH: Amy Schumer Defends Bill Cosby in Hilarious Comedy Central Sketch

On last night’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, one sketch found star and creator Amy Schumer playing Bill Cosby‘s defense attorney in the “court of public opinion.” Once the prosecution finishes its case, Schumer flips on a jukebox playing a Cosby-esque ditty then dances around like the Huxtables did in the Cosby Show intros. “I’m talking about a beloved show that we love,” she pleads to the jury. “This is about us not punishing ourselves for loving great comedy. … Let’s remind ourselves what’s at stake here: If convicted, the next time you put on a rerun of The Cosby Show, you may wince a little. You may feel a little a little pang. And none of us deserve that!”

She also uses pudding pops and a bunch of Cosby sweaters to persuade the jury of Bill Cosby’s innocence. It’s all tongue-in-cheek, though, as you might imagine. In the end she outwardly declines a martini Cosby has delivered to her for defending his innocence. Check it out above.

Philly’s Abbi Jacobson and her Broad City co-star Ilana Glazer also starred in a sketch of Inside Amy Schumer last night, with Bill Nye the Science Guy. That’s below:

 

WATCH: Bill Cosby’s Baffling Response to Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby was on Good Morning America today to promote his charity work with the Black Belt Foundation, an organization that works to fund underserved schools in the South. In a move we haven’t seen on TV, the reporter questioned him about the numerous rape allegations against him.

“If a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom says you’ve done some bad things,’ how will you answer? … Are the allegations true?” she asks. What came next was the kind of bizarre Bill Cosby appearance we’ve come to expect from his talk-show gigs. Except this time, it’s not quite so funny. His response:

“I am prepared to tell this young person about life … I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think that many of them say, ‘Well you’re a hypocrite, you say one thing, you say the other.’ My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully: I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be three inches deep, but you and your car are going to go down. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who’s giving you the message?’”

Check out the clip above.

(h/t The Hollywood Reporter)

 

New Season of Inside Amy Schumer to Feature Cosby and Tina Fey Sketches

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If you’ve been seeing Amy Schumer all over your Facebook feed lately, it’s because the third season of her sketch sitcom Inside Amy Schumer is debuting tonight on Comedy Central. She was at the Tribeca Film Festival this week to premiere the new season and offer some hints about what fans of the shit-stirring comedy can expect, including a sketch about Bill Cosby. More from HuffPo:

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NYC Street Artist Puts Bill Cosby on Blast—With the Help of Fat Albert and the Gang

A New York street artist is using his craft—along with tons of wheatpaste and a cast of Fat Albert characters—to convince comedian Bill Cosby to respond to the still-rising number of sexual assault allegations that have come out against him.

The artist’s name is FLOOD, and he’s plastered everyone from Dumb Donald and Mushmouth to Fat Albert himself all over the streets of New York holding signs saying things like, “The proof is in the pudding,” and “Hey, hey, hey, Bill, just admit it.”

He’s posted several of the images on his Instagram feed, which you can check out below.

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Cosby Won’t Speak at Temple Graduation

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Bill Cosby won’t speak at Temple University’s graduation ceremony this year.

The Inquirer reports that the announcement had long been expected. Cosby spoke at the university’s graduation ceremonies for many years. He resigned as a member of Temple’s Board of Trustees last year after allegations of sex abuse resurfaced. Read more »

Hannibal Buress Refuses to Talk Bill Cosby During Interview, Hangs Up

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Looks like Hannibal Buress is over Bill Cosby.

According to an article by Morning Call writer John Moser, during an interview Buress was giving to promote his upcoming gig at Sands Bethlehem Event Center this Friday, the comedian refused to talk about the Cosby rape allegations when asked, saying, “Um, let’s keep it moving. I’m burned out on it, man, so let’s talk about something else.”

However, when pressed about the issue, Buress hung up. Read more »

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