Originally Posted by ChomskyOriginally Posted by OrphanSlug
I'm forced to consider the old adage "where there's smoke, there's fire". But 14 accusations and not one conviction makes him either extremely cautious or very diligent in covering up and paying off. A lot of famous and not so famous men go thru stages of compulsive behavior, though the more famous, usually the more scrutiny. I'd say it's possible but the numbers are probably not completely accurate. It'll also take a lot more evidence than hearsay accusations to indict him.
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I think the California statute of limitations of six years for rape.
So the vary first question would be, did any of these events occur after after 2008?
There is also a chance, that something that might have normal behavior (by Hollywood standards)
in 1985, might be considered rape in a social context today.
When it comes to sexual predators, we've learned it's no big deal for Demokrats... their party icon is one, and his miserable wife is complicit.
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As the number of women to come forth with accusations it doesn't look good for Bill's entertainment value.
A few years my wife and I went to one of his lecture shows and it was terrific. So it is a shame that someone of his status could have this darker other side.
This is just too many women to shrug them all off as kooks.
1. Most victims never report the crime.
2. If they do report, many if not most report it long after there's any way to collect evidence.
3. Because of the private nature of sexual activity, it can often come down to his word against hers. Where there are no witnesses, equally credible claims cancel each other out.
Although probably not admissible in a trial, the best evidence the accuser is being truthful is multiple accusers all saying the same thing. This is especially true if they're sharing details other accusers had no way of knowing such as the reports that Michael Jackson called alcoholic beverages "Jesus Juice" to more than one accuser, information that was initially sealed when a subsequent accuser was deposed.
As someone who thinks Bill Cosby is an American hero, this news is very, very difficult for me to process. Do I think he's guilty? I don't know but I have to give weight to the high number of claims especially considering I'd expect nothing but admiration and accolades from anyone who had the privilege of meeting him, not that he's a monster.
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