The 2008 Father’s Day mural in North Philly featuring Bill Cosby situated prominently among world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. was recently defaced by spray-painters, who tagged words like “rapist” and “dude with ludes” overtop the smiling, sweater-wearing comedian. A shot from local Instagrammer @thesockpolice shows the damage:
After the damage was done, Mural Arts, who commissioned the mural and recently said it was scheduled for decommission anyway, decided to speed up the cover-up process and they applied a fresh coat of white paint over the mural last week.
Mural Arts released a statement explaining that the Father’s Day mural had been on a list to decommission for a while, namely because of its location under a bridge on Broad Street near Indiana Avenue, which isn’t conducive to proper mural upkeep. Despite their plans to do away with the mural, the arts organization states that, “Due to recent headlines about Bill Cosby, the Mural Arts Program decided to move the decommissioning of this mural to the top of the list. After going through the process of informing those who participated in the creation of the mural, the mural was painted over.” Here’s a then-and-now photo to show you the painted-over progress.
The cover of New York magazine this week features pictures of 35 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Excerpts from interviews with the three dozen women are inside the magazine.
“There are now 46 women who have come forward publicly to accuse Cosby of rape or sexual assault; the 35 women here are the accusers who were willing to be photographed and interviewed by New York,” the magazine says in an accompanying essay. “The group, at present, ranges in age from early 20s to 80 and includes supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson alongside waitresses and Playboy bunnies and journalists and a host of women who formerly worked in show business. Many of the women say they know of others still out there who’ve chosen to remain silent.” Read more »
One by one the Cosby empire is crumbling. Reruns of The Cosby Showhave been pulled from several (if not all hosting networks), his agent in Hollywood has jumped ship and now AP reports that plans to turn his recently released biography, Cosby, into paperback have been nixed.
At the beginning of July, the Associated Press made international headlines when it was the first to obtain freshly unsealed documents in Andrea Constand‘s 2005 suit against accused serial rapist Bill Cosby. The news came out late in the day, conveniently just as courts were about to close, and the AP decided to withhold the documents, instead simply reporting on (some of) what those documents said. So, we quickly located the documents ourselves and uploaded them in their entirety for all of the the world to see.
Then on Tuesday of this week, after the New York Times had caused a similar stir when it managed to get a Philadelphia court reporting agency to release a deposition that Cosby gave at the Rittenhouse Hotel in 2005, and after the Times withheld the actual document from publication, we went on the hunt for the deposition. We called court reporting agency after court reporting agency, even encountering one agency head who demanded a free subscription to Philadelphia magazine in exchange for telling us which agency had it (we didn’t take him up on his offer). Eventually, we got to Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe on our list, and the Old City company confirmed that they were the ones in possession of the deposition. So, we submitted a formal written request.
Much to our surprise, we were told no.
“I am unable to distribute the deposition testimony at this time due to unforeseen circumstances,” KL&F CEO Gregg Wolfe told us on Tuesday night, thereafter saying he wasn’t “at liberty” to elaborate. Read more »
Recently, the New York Times got its hands on a copy of a 2005 deposition that accused rapist Bill Cosby gave at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and CNN followed suit soon after. Naturally, Cosby’s attorneys in Philadelphia are none too happy with a Philadelphia court reporting agency’s release of the document, and now a war of words has ensued between his lawyers and the lawyer representing Andrea Constand, the alleged victim in that case. Read more »
In a deposition taken at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel a decade ago, Bill Cosby acknowledged pursuing young women for sex in a manipulative and calculating way, at times using drugs, money and his own fame as a way of seducing them.
According to the New York Times, which obtained a copy of Cosby’s deposition in a case brought by Andrea Constand, a young Temple employee who claimed Cosby drugged and sexually molested her in the early 2000s, the entertainer came across in his four days of testimony as “alternately annoyed, mocking, occasionally charming and sometimes boastful, often blithely describing sexual encounters in graphic detail.” Read more »
At a White House press conference this afternoon, President Obama was asked by a reporter if he would revoke Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom over the comedian’s ongoing rape allegations. The President shared that there’s no precedent for revoking the honor, and he declined to address the Cosby situation specifically. But he did have this to say:
“If you give a woman — or a man for that matter — without his or her knowledge a drug, and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. And I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
In other D.C.-related Cosby news, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art says it will “post a sign telling visitors that an exhibition featuring Bill Cosby’s art collection is about the artists, not a tribute to the comedian,” according to a report. The Smithsonian houses the Cosby collection which features dozens of artists “under appreciated” by other museums.
Folks: If Bill Cosby, as has been alleged, sexually assaulted dozens of women, it would be wrong because sexually assaulting women is wrong. It wouldn’t be wrong because he hypocritically began preaching to black people about how to behave.
This seems obvious on the surface — at least, it should — but the way the scandal has played out suggests otherwise. The major developments in the story have largely been driven by outrage over Cosby’s hypocrisy more than by the allegations themselves.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.” Read more »
A new report from the New York Post claims that Bill Cosby’s wife of 50 years, Camille, knows that her husband had multiple affairs, but she stands by him, saying he’s not a rapist and that his accusers consented to drugs and sex.
Mural Arts announced this week that its plans to erase a Bill Cosby mural in North Philadelphia have been prioritized after news that the comedian admitted in 2005 to buying Quaaludes with the intent to give them to women he wanted to have sex with.
“The Mural Arts Program had planned to remove the mural, near Indiana Avenue, for months,” writes the Inquirer, “because it was painted on a wall that is now in poor shape. But the recent public scrutiny surrounding Cosby has accelerated those plans.”