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Bill Cosby has shown the feet of clay
"Golden Boy with feet of clay Let me help you on your way A proper push will take you far - But what a clumsy lad you are!" Stephen R. Donaldson
Bill Cosby was an icon of my youth. He was an ideal of sophistry, manners and etiquette. He used to talk as one of the most reasonable, patient and wonderful human beings. His 'Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids' show was an epitome of perfection that centered on a group of young friends growing up in an urban area. It ran from 1972 until 1985. William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American comedian, actor, author, and activist. His acting career commenced with the 'Hungry I' in San Francisco around 1960's. He got his first big break in the television show 'I Spy', a popular American television series in 60's. 'The Electric Company' was one his earlier children's television series that earned him fame and recognition. Bill Cosby earned a Ph D degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his dissertation discussed the use of Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids as a teaching tool in elementary schools.

In the beginning of 1980s, Cosby produced and starred in the most popular television sitcom 'The Cosby Show.' The show reined the TV entertainment world from 1984 to 1992 and was rated as the number one show in America for five years, 1984 through 1989. The show used to highlight the experiences and growth and affluence of an African-American family. 'A Different World' was another show produced by Cosby which aired from 1987 to 1993.

He was born on Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the fourth son of Anna Pearl, a maid, and William Henry Cosby Sr., who served as a cook in the U.S. Navy. As a student, he described himself as a class clown. He continued to hone his talent for humor, joking with fellow enlistees with college friends and began worked as bartender at a Philadelphia club to earn money.

I can't recall any of his shows where he had emphasized about races and their controversies or conflicts. He made his reputation with humorous narration of his childhood experiences. His most famous argument was "A white person listens to my act and he laughs and he thinks, 'Yeah, that's the way I see it too.' Okay. He's white. I'm Negro. And we both see things the same way. That must mean that we are alike. Right? So I figure this way I'm doing as much for good race relations as the next guy."

In the nutshell, the growing of age didn't diminish his status for me till the end of the last century.

He fell from grace in my esteem at the dawn of 21 st century. In 2005 Bill Cosby admitted, under oath, to drugging several women with the intention of having sex with them.

We all know that Sex is weakness of mankind. Some sex offenders are exposed and some did never while engaging in the unprincipled freedom. Religion and society both disapprove it according to their tenets and principles. Sex without one party's consent, is called rape which is a spiritual and terrestrial crime.

Success went to Cosby's head and he began to exploit the feeling and lives of vulnerable women who trusted, respected and loved him. In January 2000, then 20-year-old actress Lachele Covington, who had played a waitress on 'Cosby', alleged that he had groped her. In January 2004, Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, accused him of drugging and fondling her but in February 2005. Andrea Constand filed a civil claim in March 2005 with thirteen women as potential witnesses but Cosby had successfully settled it out of court for an undisclosed amount in November 2006. Then a California lawyer Tamara Lucier Green, the only woman in the prior case who was publicly named came forward with allegations in February 2005 charged that Cosby had drugged and assaulted her in the 1970s. Cosby's lawyer said that he did not know her and the events did not happen. In a July 2005 Beth Ferrier, one of the anonymous "Jane Doe" witnesses in the Constand case alleged that in 1984 he drugged her coffee and she awoke with her clothes partially removed. In November 2014, journalist Joan Tarshis,[ model Jancie Dickinson, actress Louisa Mortiz, Carla Ferrigno . Playboy Playmates Victoria Valentino and Sarita Butterfield, actress Michelle Hurd and 11 other women also made accusations of incidents allegedly occurring between 1965 and 2004.

Your deeds do come home to roost. In December 2014 amid pressure to cut long-term ties with Temple University and NBC also scrapped a comedy he was entrusted to develop. In December 2014, Judy Huth filed a lawsuit alleging sexual assault in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old. The same month in an article by model Beverly Johnson of 'Vanity Fair' alleged that she was drugged during an audition in 1986, and has other women with similar accounts. In January 2015, Cindra Ladd claimed that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1969. In May 2015 Lili Bernard claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1992.

His attorney stated, "Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true." A follow-up statement dismissed the allegations as "unsubstantiated" and an example of "media vilification". A joint statement from Cosby and Andrea Constand, who had received a civil case settlement in 2006, clarified the statement released a few days prior did not refer to Constand's case which was resolved years ago.

The Bill Cosby show is yet to unfold fully. Now onwards, its the story of a modern liberal world, a story of power of wealth; an example of celebrity status in negativity, clout and his standing in the black community that allowed him to get away with this for too long. It is the story of weakness of women; it is the story of wickedness of man; it is the story of exploitation of fellow human beings. It is the story of sin and insanity.

Some diehard Cosby fans still believe that this is some kind of wild conspiracy to bring down a prominent black man.

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