Students doubt sexual assault charges about Cosby

Many Norwich students grew up watching Bill Cosby on his TV sitcom titled “The Cosby Show.” Now his legacy has been damaged if not ruined, due to numerous sexual misconduct accusations aimed at Cosby.
“The accusations have taken their toll on Cosby’s reputation as the beloved Dr. Huxtable – the sweet, sweater-wearing father on the sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” said Dana Ford, a reporter for CNN.

Cosby, famous comedian and actor, has been accused over the years of raping multiple women, with the most recent claims coming only a few weeks ago. But some students at Norwich are wondering about all the claims.
Tiana Cass, a freshman architecture major from Torrington, Conn, doesn’t think he could have done it.
“I just don’t believe he could do something like this. Any one is capable of rape but I just don’t want to believe that he is,” Cass said.
The Cosby Show first aired on September 1984 on NBC. Cosby was the “star of the show and an inspiration to many,” Cass said. Now NBC has dropped all ties to Bill Cosby amidst the recent sexual allegations, which continue to mount. Also, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where Cosby got his master’s and doctorate in the 1970s, has severed ties with hits famous alumnus.
“Cosby has agreed to resign as an honorary co-chair of UMass Amherst’s capital campaign. He no longer has any affiliation with the campaign nor does he serve in any other capacity for the university,” said Ed Blaguszewski, a spokesman for the school.
Still, the allegations do not hold much weight for some students at Norwich.
“In situations like this how can you be sure who is telling the truth? There are two sides to every story and it is hard to determine the truth,” said Meghan McMullen, a sophomore, biology major from Northfield, Vt.
According to the Washington Post, in Cosby’s younger years he frequented the Playboy Mansion and often partied with Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine.
“Any man that has the chance to go see a house full of women in swimsuits would go. That doesn’t make him a rapist. It just simply makes him a man,” said Chase Anderson, a senior criminal justice major from Memphis, Tenn.
The fact that the charges have been handled out of court or dropped in some cases seems to carry weight for students.
“These are just accusations; there’s no real proof against him so he isn’t really guilty. Not yet,” said Darby Smith, freshman biology major from Northfield. Vt.
Cosby might have lost his long connection with NBC and some fans, but many still stick by him with the belief that his family oriented persona really is the real deal.
“I grew up watching The Cosby Show and personally my opinion of him hasn’t changed. He is still the family man that we all know and love,” McMullen said.
As a prolific comedian, even amid the allegations, has still managed to keep his shows family oriented.
“I watched one of his recent comedy shows. I feel like this recent charge hasn’t really changed him. His shows are still just as funny and family oriented as ever. The crowd seemed to react to him just as they always have,” McMullen said.
Anderson believes that Cosby’s reputation is wrongfully taking a hit because women are “trying to get famous quick because they are old and need money.”
“People are trying to ruin his career after he has already retired. Women are just trying to get publicity for something that might not have even happened. This man has been focused on family for so long and it seems some do not like that,” Anderson said.
Cosby and his attorneys have denied all of the recent allegations and even have stated that the accusations are crazy and have no bearing.
One of Cosby’s lawyers, Martin D. Singer, has called the increasing number of claims of sexual assault against the comedian “ridiculous” and said the media should stop airing ‘unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.”
As the number of women who claim that Cosby has in one way or another, mistreated them, people start to wonder why none of the claims have turned into actual charges. “Maybe they were afraid to because of how powerful of a man Cosby used to be. With more women coming forward it makes sense that his appearance of power is dwindling to the point where they feel confident,” said Cass.
“I still watch his shows even with all that has been happening. He is still to this day a well-rounded role model for the younger generations today,” Anderson said. “And he will always be.”

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