March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.
February 28, 2016 |
Haverford College has rescinded Bill Cosby's honorary degree, joining a list of schools nationwide that have sought to distance themselves from the embattled entertainer. In an announcement Friday, Haverford officials said they approved a recommendation this month to rescind the degree they gave Cosby in 2002. "Although his creative contributions at the crossroads of education, civil rights, and entertainment remain," the college's honorary degree committee wrote, "Dr. Cosby's admission that he acquired drugs for the purpose of giving them to women with whom he wanted to have sex undermines the educational and humanitarian principles for which the Haverford community honored him 14 years ago. The college is deeply troubled by the nature of the conduct to which Dr. Cosby has admitted, which we view as gravely inconsistent with Haverford's institutional values.
February 26, 2016 |
The Montgomery County judge who denied Bill Cosby's motion to dismiss the sex assault charges against him says Cosby shouldn't be allowed to appeal his ruling. The issues Cosby has asked a higher court to consider "do not involve questions of basic human rights and are not issues of great public importance," Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote in an opinion filed Wednesday. O'Neill laid out his argument as he, Cosby and prosecutors wait for Pennsylvania Superior Court to decide if it will hear the appeal, a step that would almost certainly delay the entertainer's criminal case.
February 25, 2016 |
Andrea Constand has asked a federal judge to lift her 2006 confidentiality agreement with Bill Cosby, saying the entertainer has repeatedly violated it and is now trying to use it to intimidate her and other witnesses in his sexual assault case. In court filings this week, Constand's lawyers said a breach-of-contract suit Cosby filed this month, seeking to recoup money he paid her in a civil settlement a decade ago, was only the latest "bullying tactic" by the 78-year-old comedian in multiple cases.
February 21, 2016 |
Montgomery County prosecutors urged Superior Court on Friday to reject Bill Cosby's bid to halt his trial on sex assault charges. In court filings, District Attorney Kevin Steele argued that Cosby's attempt to appeal a lower-court ruling was premature, and based on an issue more appropriately argued after a trial and verdict. He also said it appeared to be part of a defense strategy designed to slow the criminal justice process for the 78-year-old entertainer. "Remarkably, he has not even had a preliminary hearing, thanks to inventive lawyering that apparently seems intent on keeping his case from a jury for as long as possible," prosecutors wrote.
February 20, 2016 |
Bill Cosby wants Andrea Constand to give back the money he paid her in a confidential settlement a decade ago, saying she violated that agreement by helping Montgomery County authorities build a sexual-assault case against him last year. The request came as part of a breach-of-contract lawsuit the entertainer filed under seal in federal court in Philadelphia this month. By order of a judge, a version of the complaint became public this week. The lawsuit seeks full repayment plus interest on "the substantial financial benefit" Constand received as part of the 2006 settlement.
February 19, 2016 |
A day before the pivotal pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case this month, Bill Cosby sued his accuser, her lawyers, and others over an alleged breach of confidentiality agreements they signed to settle a lawsuit more than a decade ago, according to court filings. Filed Feb. 1, the latest suit had been sealed by the same federal judge in Philadelphia who presided over the claim Andrea Constand filed against Cosby in 2006. U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno partially lifted the seal Tuesday and ordered Cosby's lawyers to file a partially redacted complaint, a step that made public the case docket.
February 18, 2016 |
A Montgomery County judge on Tuesday rejected Bill Cosby's attempt to halt his criminal case while he challenges the judge's ruling that the sexual assault prosecution should proceed to trial. "An immediate appeal from these orders would not materially advance the ultimate termination of the matter," Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote. The petition to O'Neill was one of two Cosby's lawyers filed last week in a bid to halt the prosecution. The second, filed with Superior Court, is pending.
February 16, 2016
Temple University was charged with energy in September of 1984 when I arrived as a freshman, just as a Philadelphia comedian launched what would become a smash hit of a television show. You've heard of Bill Cosby, right? He became a national ambassador for Temple, which swelled in enrollment as it evolved from "commuter school" to academic destination. You probably haven't heard of Spurgeon Link. He was a street vendor who vexed Temple's plans to homogenize North Broad Street as the center stage for the growing campus.
February 14, 2016 |
As his lawyers had vowed, Bill Cosby sought Friday to temporarily halt the sexual-assault prosecution against him while he challenges a Montgomery County judge's ruling that his case should proceed toward a trial. In filings with Pennsylvania Superior Court and the county court, the entertainer's defense lawyers said their claim - that Cosby had a legally binding agreement that he would never be charged - merits an immediate appeal. "If Mr. Cosby is successful on appeal, the case would be terminated immediately," they wrote.