September 19, 2015 |
The attorney for the Temple University employee who first accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault a decade ago - and whose case could still be prosecuted - lashed out Thursday against the former Montgomery County district attorney for saying there have been inconsistencies in the woman's allegations since he declined to charge the comedian in 2005. In an open letter to Bruce L. Castor Jr., lawyer Dolores Troiani lambasted Castor's handling of the claims of her client, Andrea Constand, and criticized his more recent statement to reporters about Cosby.
September 18, 2015 |
WATCHING "Cosby: The Women Speak" on A&E last night, it was painfully obvious that either a dozen women of different ages and different cities who didn't know one another and have nothing to gain by coming forward have conspired in one of the greatest cases of wrongful accusation in entertainment history, or Bill Cosby is a sociopath. The second option seems the obvious choice. Hiding behind a comedic career frequently centered around interracial harmony and wholesome family entertainment (Cosby even pitched for such All-American brands as Jell-O, Ford and Coca-Cola)
September 16, 2015 |
Confidential material from Bill Cosby's 2006 settlement with a woman who accused him of sexual misconduct will not be released to three of the entertainer's other accusers now suing him for defamation. A federal judge in Philadelphia late last week quashed a subpoena requesting documents from the civil suit filed by Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who accused the now 78-year-old comedian of drugging and groping her in 2004. Three Cosby accusers - Tamara Green, Therese Serignese, and Linda Traitz - had sought the deposition Cosby gave in Constand's case among other items to support their claims in a defamation suit they filed against the entertainer last year in Massachusetts.
September 14, 2015 |
Dozens of women have come forward this year to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, their allegations bonded by one undisputed fact: Each claim is too old to prosecute. But the clock is quietly ticking in Montgomery County on an exception. A decade ago, Andrea Constand first reported to police that Cosby had drugged and molested her during a January 2004 dinner at his Cheltenham mansion. Under Pennsylvania's 12-year statute of limitations on felony sex crimes, prosecutors still have until January to bring charges.
September 10, 2015 |
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow The View cohosts, but conservative cohost Candace Cameron Bure says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the Full House alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features Whoopi Goldberg , Paula Faris , and Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.
September 7, 2015 |
Ever since the Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal went viral last year, the Temple University board of trustees has been in a defensive crouch. This is understandable at one level because Cosby was for decades a high-profile trustee and Temple's best-known graduate. Yet the more that is known about allegations of drug abuse and sexual assault involving America's onetime favorite TV dad, the more it becomes clear that the board failed to confront a grave risk to the university's reputation when the allegations emerged a decade ago. Much of the resulting damage to Temple, the lurid headlines and the tarnishing of its image, can be traced to the board's inaction.
August 19, 2015
ISSUE | DISCRIMINATION On knowing when to say 'Aye, aye' A county clerk refuses to issue marriage licenses to gay couples - in other words, to do her job. She is fired and ends up on the talk-show circuit, wailing and crying about how she was discriminated against because the state expected her to fulfill her properly constituted function. It reminds me that back when I was in the Navy, we had a disbursing clerk, or "DK," who refused to make payments to some sailors. Our DK thought the payments were improper even though they were authorized by rules set down by Congress - that is, by people who were way above his pay grade.
August 14, 2015 |
The daily Cosby If you've been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby , celebrity attorney Gloria Allred (a Philadelphia native and Penn grad) will find you . . . or you will find her. Allred held a press conference yesterday with three new women accusing Cosby of sexual assault. Allred represents 21 of Cosby's accusers. Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said that Cosby forced her into a sex act in 1971 when she was an aspiring actress and met him for an interview on a movie set. Not creepy enough?
August 11, 2015 |
BILL COSBY'S lawyers have filed a motion seeking to grill some of his accusers' attorneys, claiming in court documents that they "may have played" a role in releasing the comic's damning deposition to the New York Times and other media outlets. But lawyers for three accusers - Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz - filed a counter-motion on Friday seeking to block Cosby's request. They also filed a motion to financially sanction Cosby's legal team, Patrick J. O'Connor and George M. Gowen III, with Cozen O'Connor, for its motion.
August 3, 2015 |
It's the afternoon of the release of Jill Scott's new album. It's also the 15th anniversary of her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott?, and the middle of the Jill Scott Summer Tour. Speaking by phone from the road in Cincinnati, the Grammy-winning singer says she feels as though she's given birth. "It feels like I've been pregnant for a long time," Scott says. The baby she's talking about is her fifth studio album, Woman. She's been working on it for 21/2 years. "I can finally let the baby go," Scott says.