July 30, 1997 |
Bill Cosby spent his entire life building an impeccable image and in one moment frittered it all away. Now, many of the people closest to him are being destroyed. One of the world's most successful entertainers, Cosby has been embroiled in an ugly, personal and legal tragedy that has permanently damaged his reputation. Cosby confessed that although he was married, he'd had a "rendezvous" 23 years ago with a woman named Shawn Thompson. She insists that Cosby is the father of one of her children, 22-year-old Autumn Jackson, who faces up to a dozen years in prison after her conviction of attempting to extort $40 million from Cosby.
January 26, 2005 |
A former Temple University employee who alleges that comedian Bill Cosby fondled her in his Cheltenham mansion said she came forward a year later because she wanted to do the right thing. "What would you do? I did what I thought was right," she said yesterday from her home in Ontario. The woman, who asked that her identity be protected, went to Canadian authorities Jan. 13 and alleged that Cosby had given her some medication and later fondled her in his home a year earlier.
September 7, 1992 |
"Civilians," they call them on the late-night talk shows: People who know nothing about the entertainment industry. People with no book to plug. Just ordinary folks - except, of course, they're not completely ordinary. Some strange attribute, after all, has landed them on television. Maybe this one's a burly Teamster who's had an out-of-body experience. Maybe that one's an airport worker named Keno who's also an amateur comedian - with only one joke. People used to marvel at how well Johnny Carson could bring out the best in a civilian, turning the show over to someone who had no idea of show business and then, with a prod here and a filling comment there, help him be hilarious.
July 13, 1997 |
The plot unfolding in a Manhattan courtroom has all the tawdry twists befitting a made-for-television tale: illicit affair and out-of-wedlock child, threats and tabloids, money and murder. There are even scripts of tape recordings for jurors to follow along, in the case against the woman charged with blackmailing one of entertainment's most popular stars. And while attorneys argue about the main character's motivation, Autumn Jackson's own words provide the drama: Is she a lonely girl seeking her daddy's attention?
August 30, 2000 |
The public saw a new side of Al Gore when he planted one on Tipper at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. But is the congenitally wooden vice president cool enough to appear with Cher in Camden? The Gores will attend a major fund-raising event Sept. 12 at Camden's E-Centre, where - in another sign of Hollywood's alliance with the Democratic Party - the entertainment will include singer Michael Bolton, comedian Bill Cosby, and one who is so famous she goes by just one name: Cher.
April 13, 1994 |
Bill Cosby, the internationally known comedian and patron saint of the Penn Relays, will discontinue his financial contribution to the track meet this month, after its 100th running at Franklin Field. Cosby said he would use the money for another purpose but would continue to help the Relays as a low-profile fund-raiser. "Each year, Mrs. Cosby and I go over each organization we give to," Cosby said yesterday in a telephone interview, "and at this particular time, we felt that out of the money we give, we would set aside this amount for a monitoring (tutorial)
June 14, 2005 |
One witness lives in a small New Mexico town and wants to protect her 87-year-old father and 82-year-old mother from the limelight. Another is from Spring Hill, Fla., has bipolar disorder, and worries that stress would worsen her illness. A third fears she will lose her job at a Las Vegas casino because of a crush of publicity over the Bill Cosby case. Ten women who want to testify in a former Temple University employee's sexual-assault lawsuit against the comedian laid out their reasons yesterday in federal court for seeking anonymity.
January 19, 1997 |
The investigation into the slaying of Ennis Cosby widened yesterday when police released a composite sketch of a suspect wearing a light-colored knit cap. Commander Tim McBride said the Los Angeles Police Department had received "lots of leads" and was in daily contact with Bill Cosby and his family, who were reported to be in seclusion on the East Coast after Thursday's slaying of his only son. The Cosby family yesterday announced they...
December 2, 1995 |
Bill Cosby will try to return to TV's laugh land next fall, in a sitcom produced by the same people who helped make NBC's The Cosby Show a TV phenomenon of the '80s. This time, he'll be on CBS, network executives announced yesterday, their buttons bursting. The new show, based on the British comedy, One Foot in the Grave, is part of a big deal that ties Cosby to CBS for a long time, they said. Nobody would say for how long (Cosby joked he'd stay at least as long as David Letterman)
July 21, 2015 |
The lawyer who represented Bill Cosby in a 2005 sexual assault lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee said Sunday his client had been treated unfairly by the release of new excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave in the case. Published Saturday by the New York Times, the excerpts included sworn testimony in which Cosby discussed his serial philandering, his use of his celebrity to bed starstruck young women, and his use of drugs in sexual encounters. But, lawyer Patrick O'Connor said in his first public statements since the transcript's release, that's only one side of the story.