From 1965 to 2008, more than 40 women some famous (Beverly Johnson, Janice Dickinson) have come forward and accused the one and only Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Cosby has consistently denied the allegations. Yet, earlier this week documents from 2005 resurfaced and were publicly released that stated Sir Cosby admitted to giving prescription Quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
Safe to say, Hollywood was aware of Cosby’s rape allegations way before the general public ever found out about it.
For starters, news recently broke out that the Hollywood centric talent agency ‘CAA’ (Creative Artists Agency) dropped Cosby as a client, leading the public to believe that this just transpired.
Yet, if you dig a little, the agency reportedly dumped Cosby late last year before the public release of Cosby’s sexual allegations.
Before Cosby headlines hit the masses in 2014, several Hollywood insiders knew about the numerous Cosby allegations years before the public including: MacFarlane, Morgan, Baldwin, Fey and Poehler who all managed to strategically poke fun at Cosby in their own way.
In the early ‘80s, Former NBC employee Frank Scotti was aware of Cosby’s rape allegations and admitted what he knew in a recent statement to the Daily News.
Scotti told the Daily News, “that Cosby paid off women who made rape accusations against him.
Fox’s hit animated comedy series ‘Family Guy’, created by Seth MacFarlane consistently pokes fun at controversial world topics and celebrities are no exception. In the 2001, Family Guy released the episode “Brian Goes to Hollywood” which featured Bill Cosby’s show “Kid’s Say the Darndest Things.” In MacFarlane’s version, kids on the show appear to be victims of child molestation. The “host,” Bill Cosby laughs off all of these children for “saying the darndest things.” Is this comedy bit a satirical coincidence or did Seth MacFarlane have information the public wasn’t aware of?
In 2009, NBC’s “30 Rock” creator, Tina Fey wrote a joke into a former episode. The comedy bit featured Tracy Morgan as Tracy Jordan, Alec Baldwin as Jack Donaghy and Tina Fey as Liz Lemon. The joke included a Bill Cosby impersonator “Rick.” Take note, this “30 Rock” episode premiered in 2009 and the public found out about the allegations against ‘America’s favorite TV Dad’ in late 2014. Below is the bit word for word.
Jack Donaghy: I’ve arranged for one of Tracy’s childhood idols to reach out to him.
Tracy Jordan: Hello?
Jack Donaghy: Tracy, this is Jack, I have someone here who wants to speak with you.
Rick: Tracy, this is Bill Cosby…
Liz Lemon: [whispering] Really? This is your strategy?
Jack Donaghy: [whispering and smiling] I heard him do this at a party!
Rick: …I want you to come back to the TGS for the people who like the jokes and the things.
Tracy Jordan: Bill Cosby, you got a lotta nerve gettin’ on the phone wit’ me after what you did to my Aunt Paulette!
Rick: I think you’re confusing me with someone else.
Tracy Jordan: 1971. Cincinnati. She was a cocktail waitress with the droopy eye!
Rick: I’m the guy… with the pudding…
In 2011, Fox’s animated sitcom ‘The Cleveland Show’, also created by Seth MacFarlane, released an episode titled, “The Way the Cookie Crumbles.” There is a small bit which features a cartoon of Bill Cosby. The character openly talks about rape allegations and paying victims off to keep them quiet. Hmmm, either Seth MacFarlane can predict the future or he knew Mr. Cosby’s dark secrets.
In 2014, Comedian Patton Oswalt made his own statement about the Cosby allegations on the ‘You Made it Weird’ podcast. Oswalt claimed, “A lot of us comedians have known for a long f*cking time.”
In 2015 at the Golden Globes, co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made controversial jokes during the opening monologue about Bill Cosby. They stated how the Disney princess Sleeping Beauty, “thought she was just getting coffee with Bill Cosby.” The comedic duo then went on to make their own Bill Cosby impressions. Fey joked, “I put the pills in the people.” The Golden Globes took place in January, long before the recent release of the 2005 court documents.
Now, that these papers have been released with Cosby’s statement, perhaps the truth will finally offer his victims a small piece of justice, that they all deserve.