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elbanditoroso's avatar

Cosby can't be prosecuted. So why not admit the rapes and let the whole issue go away?

Asked by elbanditoroso (28860points) November 20th, 2014

Despite his denials, it seems like evidence and testimony is getting even worse. Why not admit what he did and maybe the whole subject will die? His reputation is already ruined and he’ll never work again as a comedian. So why not put the terrible publicity to rest?

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ragingloli's avatar

You can not possibly believe that admitting to being a rapist would make the “issue go away”.

elbanditoroso's avatar

@ragingloli – my guess is that if he were to admit it, the media would decide that that was “closure” and would lose all interest. Media thrives on drama and controversy. Once there’s no controversy, peoples’ attention moves onto something else.

canidmajor's avatar

Although he can’t be prosecuted as a criminal, if he admitted to such a thing that would open the door to an unprecedented level of civil action that would go on and on and on.

wildpotato's avatar

@elbanditoroso…just like how we’re all still riveted by the Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen controversy?

jca's avatar

Was it in the Godfather when they said “deny, deny, deny.” If he keeps saying he didn’t do it, he has a chance at reviving his career and image. If he admits it, he’s seen as an evil pig and has zero chance. I’m not saying he will revive his career and image, but he’d probably rather take that gamble. Also, if he admits it, he’s opening himself up to having to answer questions about it.

Buttonstc's avatar

He won’t come clean and admit to it because he’s as big a dick today as he was then.

It’s one thing to be a charming horndog (like Clinton, Kennedy, and countless others); it’s quite another to resort to drugging women in order to rape them.
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“Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

jca's avatar

Watch in the coming weeks and months, he’s going to make himself appear more frail and disheveled to avoid any questions.

filmfann's avatar

I am so sad about this. He could have been such a wonderful influence, and now he is a stereotype, a monster, and a joke.

SavoirFaire's avatar

Why do you think he can’t be prosecuted? Not all states have a statute of limitations on rape, and there may be more recent victims that we don’t know about. In any case, admitting to it would ruin his “legacy.” And while you may think that’s already shot, a confession takes away the ambiguity. Right now, there are still plenty of people defending him. And in the future, the lack of a confession may lead to people saying “well, we don’t really know for sure.” It looks like he’s betting on the passage of time sweeping away everything but the work that made him famous.

janbb's avatar

@filmfann Yes – it makes me sad too, and a bit angry at myself for ignoring the previous rumors.

If I start hearing allegations against Pete Seeger posthumously, I’ll shoot myself.

ucme's avatar

That would be the same media that fuelled the oxygen of publicity his entire career.

kritiper's avatar

It can’t be let go of. Too much money in the mix!

flip86's avatar

His career died a long time ago. Bill Cosby hasn’t been relevant for at least 15 years, maybe longer. Sure, he occasionally shows up on late night talk shows, but who watches those anyway?

LostInParadise's avatar

You have to keep in mind Cosby’s socially conservative views, which he was not hesitant to talk about. How could he possibly face all those who he preached to about family values?

JLeslie's avatar

It won’t go away if he admits it. He will be forever branded for sure. Plus, most men I know who would do such things are taught to deny deny deny. They will lie to your face. Even for lesser things like just cheating on a spouse. They can be caught in the act and they will deny and tell their wife or other girlfriend that they were doing nothing and even turn it around that their wife is either crazy or horrible for checking up on him.

jca's avatar

@flip86: He had some special TV program or series coming up, and he also had some sponsorship with advertisers. He also still did stand up comedy (I remember seeing him on the marquee here in the city where I work, about a year ago). So he still had projects and income streaming in. Hopefully that all dries up now.

janbb's avatar

He actually had a number of new things about to launch – all of which have been canceled.

flo's avatar

So, no innocent until proven guilty then?

janbb's avatar

It seems to be pretty hard to prove rape in many cases but the fact that over 15 women have brought up the same story over a number of years makes me inclined to believe it is true. There is no great honor in claiming that you were raped by a revered figure.

filmfann's avatar

It was a lot easier to believe all the awful stories about Michael Jackson.

SavoirFaire's avatar

@flo “Innocent until proven guilty” is about jury trials and legal sanctions. Television stations have every right and reason not to associate with someone who has been so plausibly accused of systematically raping women for decades.

jca's avatar

@flo: Just like if a teacher is accused of being a child molester. Before the trial, while that person is still considered not guilty, would you want them teaching your child?

LostInParadise's avatar

As far as the television stations are concerned, it is all about the money, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If the TV executives think that viewers will turn away or if they think they will have trouble lining up advertisers, they will drop the show. In the end, the public has the final say.

flip86's avatar

@jca I saw his so called “stand up” when he was on Letterman or Leno a few years ago. It was terrible. Nothing funny came out of the man’s mouth.

jca's avatar

@flip86: He wasn’t funny 40 years ago either, when he used to make Jello Gelatin jokes.

canidmajor's avatar

He was incredibly funny in the 60s.

flo's avatar

Ignore my ladt post. I didn’t know about the ”....scuttlebutt…” (AP interview) and the settlement in 2006, the “comedy routine” where he talks about a date drug, etc.

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