Utley Suspended for Controversial Slide

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada (right) collides with Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley (left) at second base during the seventh inning in game two of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:

The Dodgers’ Chase Utley has been suspended two games for a controversial slide that broke the leg of Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada.

He left town at midseason in a trade, but you’d think Chase Utley was still a member of the Phillies, given how much support he received from Philadelphia fans over the weekend after the slide that broke Tejada’s leg. Nationally, a debate raged over whether Utley played dirty or just hard, but Philly consensus seemed solidly on Utley’s side.

Major League Baseball disagrees, announcing that Utley will be suspended Games 3 and 4 of the National League Divisional Series. He’ll appeal, AP reports. “A two-game suspension for a legal baseball play is outrageous and completely unacceptable. Chase did what all players are taught to do in this situation — break up the double play,” his agent said. Read more »

Three More Women Accuse Bill Cosby

A former guest on “The Cosby Show”, along with two other women, has joined the growing list of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault dating back to the 1970s and ’80s.

Eden Tirl, a former actress, came out against Cosby Wednesday along with Colleen Hughes, a stewardess, and Linda Ridgway Whitedeer, another former actress, Fox News reports. The trio sat at a press conference in Los Angeles with attorney Gloria Allred, who People Magazine says represents 21 of the more than 40 women accusing Cosby. Allred said the three spoke out to show their support for other accusers. Read more »

Should Temple Have Investigated Bill Cosby in 2005?

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.

Temple University is in a strange place these days.

Though the sexual-assault accusations that have sullied the once-exalted name of Bill Cosby span decades — not to mention the country — the university on North Broad Street has found itself the uncomfortable ground zero of the scandal. Read more »

Cosby Ordered to Give Deposition in California Case

Bill Cosby has been ordered to give a deposition in a California lawsuit brought by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in the 1970s.

Cosby is scheduled to give his deposition October 9th. His accuser, Judy Huth, will give hers on October 15th. Huth’s attorney, Gloria Allred, made the scheduling public on Wednesday, NBC reports.

“We are pleased that we will now be able to move ahead without further delay on Ms. Huth’s case,” Allred said. Read more »

North Philly Bill Cosby Mural Defaced, Finally Painted Over for Good

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:

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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.

According to philly.com,  Mural Arts is expected to relocate the mural to a different location—without Cosby’s likeness.

New York’s Stunning Cosby Cover

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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 »

Jerry Seinfeld: Take My Endorsement Off Cosby Biography

One by one the Cosby empire is crumbling. Reruns of The Cosby Show have 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.

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New York Times Refuses to Publish Cosby Deposition (We Asked)

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 »

Andrea Constand Attorney on Cosby Case: “The Horse Galloped From the Barn”

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 »

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