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December 12, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
"YOU ARE a motherf---er, aren't you?" If the day comes when women stop coming forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, that may be the takeaway line. It was said to the Cos by Beverly Johnson , Vogue 's first African-American cover girl, when she claims he drugged her and tried to sexually assault her in his NYC brownstone in the mid-1980s. Johnson, 62, wrote about the alleged incident on VanityFair.com yesterday. Johnson says she ended up at Chez Cosby when he invited her to rehearse with him for a part on "The Cosby Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  T   OM HANKS , Sting , Lily Tomlin , Al Green and ballerina Patricia McBride were feted at this year's Kennedy Center Honors on Sunday night, in Washington, D.C. For the first time, the show was hosted by Stephen Colbert , although it did perfectly fine without a host in the years since Walter Cronkite was emcee. But Colbert is coming to CBS, and CBS airs the show (Dec. 30), so it was either him or the cast of "NCIS. " David Letterman , Steven Spielberg and filmmaker George Stevens Jr. saluted Hanks.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whatever they did, it seems Temple University's board of trustees couldn't win. Their most famous and loyal member, Bill Cosby, was the subject of an escalating string of ugly accusations of decades-old sexual assaults. Many of the board members are lawyers or judges, upholders of a system where one is presumed innocent until proved otherwise. And Cosby has never been found guilty of any sexual impropriety. So board members took their time, weighing what to do. While that annoyed some people, others expected nothing less.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FORMER NAVAL HOSPITAL corpsman third-class Bill Cosby 's career has been torpedoed recently by numerous allegations of sexual abuse. Now the U.S. Navy is getting into the act. According to the Washington Post , the Navy is taking the honorary title it bestowed upon the Cos in 2011 and dropping an anchor on it. The Navy announced yesterday that Cosby will no longer be an honorary chief petty officer. "The Navy is taking this action because allegations against Mr. Cosby are very serious and are in conflict with the Navy's core values of honor, courage and commitment," it said in a press release.
NEWS
December 5, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
Lady Gaga rape controversy Having revealed to Howard Stern in an interview Tuesday that she was raped by a record producer at age 19, Lady Gaga , 28, found herself involved Wednesday in a flap over her assailant's identity. Celeb website TMZ.com reported that Mark Geragos , lawyer for rapper/singer Kesha (Kesha Rose Sebert) in her sexual- assault lawsuit against record producer Dr. Luke (born Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald ), tweeted "Guess who the rapist was?"
NEWS
December 5, 2014
THE BILL COSBY saga had a built-in local angle. While Cos no longer lives here, he hung out at Temple and the Penn Relays so often it was like he never left. In the court of public opinion, the death of Michael Brown is the flip side of the Cosby story - Cosby is crucified while Brown is canonized - but the Brown story lacked a Philly local angle until Charles Barkley jumped in with his size-16 feet. Although Cosby hasn't been charged with anything, let alone convicted, it's hard to believe he's a lamb.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
It's hard to reconcile the accumulated accusations of sexual assault facing Bill Cosby with the charismatic comedian and pudding purveyor of yore. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try. The collective will to ignore these incongruous incarnations only enabled the Philadelphia native to go on about the latter chapters of his charmed career - and allowed much of the public to be blithely entertained by it - without facing the accusations. Having embarrassingly persisted in this pretense even after the rest of the country abandoned it, Temple University became one of the last major institutions to distance itself from Cosby, who resigned from its board of trustees this week.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2014 | The Inquirer staff
Jill Scott stands by Cosby Philly-born singing star Jill Scott stands by her friend Bill Cosby on Twitter - and some of her followers don't like it. As Layla A. Jones of Philly.com reports, Scott got a request on Nov. 24 to sign a petition asking Temple University to sever ties with the beleaguered comic. (On Monday, Cosby did in fact step down from Temple's board of trustees.) At the time, Scott tweeted: "oh ok. So they've proven the alleged allegations? I didn't know.
NEWS
December 4, 2014
I REALLY HAD NO intention of writing about this ever again. I'd said most of what I needed to say in print, on Facebook, on the radio and on television, and was getting tired of going around in circles about the phrase "statute of limitations. " There were other things to think about during my birthday week, like how many Starbucks gift cards I was likely to get and whether actually asking for a bottle of Sambuca with a bow on it was declasse. But then, someone said something that, like a red flag in the face of a bespectacled 5-foot-1-inch bull, made the steam flow.
NEWS
December 3, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
T EMPLE University's most recognizable face, Bill Cosby, resigned from the Board of Trustees yesterday after 32 years, amid swirling controversy over sexual-assault allegations from 20 women. Cosby, 77, had been on the board at his beloved alma mater since 1982, and was a regular attendee at university events and a speaker at class commencements. Other schools associated with the television icon, including the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston's Berklee College of Music, also cut ties with Cosby recently as the assault allegations resurfaced in October and went viral.
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