World-famous actor Bill Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women in recent weeks. Now, both Netflix and NBC have canceled several programs that were going to feature the 77-year-old comedian.
According to Cosby's lawyers, the sexual assault allegations are defamatory in nature. However, representatives for the comedian have not offered any comment with regard to the program cancelations by NBC and Netflix. Even reruns of Cosby's classic and wildly successful TV sitcom, "The Cosby Show," have been pulled from one of Viacom's basic cable channels, TV Land.
Cosby Will Still Perform on Friday in Florida
In spite of the intense allegations being brought against Cosby, he will still be performing to a sold-out venue in Melbourne, Florida, at the King Center for the Performing Arts on Friday.
The allegations against Cosby relate to him drugging and sexually assaulting multiple young women. The alleged incidents took place decades ago. On Tuesday, supermodel Janice Dickinson was added to the ranks of Cosby's accusers, saying that she suspected Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1982. An attorney representing Cosby told Reuters in a letter that Dickinson's assault allegations had been fabricated and they were a defamatory lie.
In what may have been an attempt to rally support for Bill Cosby, his Twitter account requested fans to make viral memes about him. Instead of receiving positively-themed memes, though, the Internet was bombarded with cynical memes about Cosby's rape allegations.
Another sexual assault victim -- a woman who was an aspiring actress in the mid-1980s -- said that Cosby sexually assaulted her multiple times. She said the incidents happened when she was just 17 years old, in 1985. The woman claims that she did not report the violence to authorities at the time because she did not think anyone would believe her.
No Criminal Charges Have Been Filed Thus Far
In spite of the numerous allegations being brought against him, Cosby has never faced criminal charges relating to the incidents. It is likely that he never will. There are criminal statute of limitations and there does not appear to be much physical evidence. Additionally, the civil statute of limitations to sue Cosby for such alleged acts has long run out.
Sexual assault allegations can ruin the career of a high-profile individual in a heartbeat. However, if criminal charges do somehow come forth against Cosby, he will have the opportunity to defend himself in criminal court. If the accusations do not result in criminal charges, though, Cosby may also have a viable defamation lawsuit against his accusers.
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