Watching "Cosby: The Women Speak" on A&E Thursday night, it was painfully obvious that either a dozen women of different ages and different cities who didn't know each other 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 inter-racial harmony and wholesome family entertainment (Cosby even pitched for such All-American brands as Jell-O, Ford and Coca-Cola), Cosby lured a revolving door of young, beautiful unsuspecting women to his apartment, hotel room, home, office, etc., and took advantage of his power and their innocence to become a serial rapist.
In sordid detail, Cosby's victims spoke out, telling similar stories about how Cosby wanted to mentor them, manage them or cast them and instead drugged them, used them and discarded them. They were black and white, actresses, models, a flight attendant, a comedy writer, an athletic administrator. It didn't matter to Cosby. With his pharmacy full of pills and cabinet full of liquor every woman was fair game.
Luisa Moritz said she was attacked in her "Tonight Show" dressing room before taking the stage. Sarita Butterfield claimed Cosby attacked her in the guest house of his family home in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve, shortly after she enjoyed dinner with his family. The famed model Beverly Johnson was invited to Cosby's brownstone and said when she realized that Dr. Huxtable was really Mr. Hyde she told him, "You're a mother------- aren't you." Barbara Bowman fought off Cosby in a hotel in Atlantic City and said he told her, "I better never, ever hear your name or see your face again."
And so this most Philadelphia of icons is left toppled after nearly a half century of deviant behavior thanks to Philadelphia. It was Andrea Constand of Cosby's beloved Temple athletics who brought charges against him a decade ago, giving first voice to many of the women seen in "The Woman Speak." It was Hannibal Buress doing stand-up at the Trocadero on Arch Street that raised the rape specter again in a video that went viral. And it was Philadelphia native Gloria Allred, whose legal clout made it possible to assemble so many accusers.
At one point in the show, there's a clip of Cosby lecturing the black community about teen pregnancy and he yells out, "Those girls have no business having sex!"
Neither did you, Bill Cosby. Neither did you.