I don’t know. We’ll never know. Yet, millions of women like me know in our souls that he’s guilty as hell. Why? We walked in the shoes of the women he “allegedly” raped. We know how powerful men like him had an attitude of sexual entitlement. You want to play? You have to pay.
Oh, how we paid. Prostitute yourself or unemployment. Pick.
It insidiously corrodes a woman’s soul and diminishes her professional achievements.
From a professional perspective, I believe the allegations because there are at least thirteen women telling the same damned story. This tells me that Bill Cosby had mastered the art of raping ambitious young women and getting away with it. Back in the day when this allegedly happened, he had lots of company. Powerful men got away with it because nobody stopped them.
Hell, Clarence Thomas, the guy in charge of the EEOC, was busy sexually harassing Anita Hill. And, guys like Gerry Skoning at my old law firm, Seyfarth, Shaw, made a bloody fortune defending these assholes. Gerry was a player too with more sexual conquests than he can probably recall. I was one of them. Ironically, our affair started when I asked whether I would prevail in a sexual harassment claim against a boss with a foot fetish.
Over drinks, he shared his playbook. He was quite proud of his power to crush women who blew the whistle on predatory bosses. He destroyed their careers and professional reputations. He intimidated me into silence and seduced me with masterful predator’s charm.
How do I know Bill Cosby is probably guilty? He’s following Gerry’s playbook which has very effectively gotten predators off the hook for decades. It worked for him back then, and it will continue to work for him today because the statute of limitations is long passed. Yet, it isn’t going to work for him in the court of public opinion because there are too many women like me who have walked in the shoes of the women he “allegedly” rape. Allegedly my ass.
Cosby’s Investigators “Dig Up Dirt” on Rape Accusers by Stacy Brown, New York Post, 12/28/14