We all have been taught of the rise and fall of Rome. It has opened our eyes to the reality that everything that goes up will eventually go down.
And we’ve seen it again with Bill Cosby.
We have seen his rise to the pinnacle of his career, and we have seen his downfall.
The 81-year-old comedian was convicted of sexual assault, marking the end of a five-decade-long Hollywood and TV career.
America’s Dad is now in prison. He was sentenced to 10 years for drugging and sexually assaulting the ex-basketball player, Andrea Constad in 2014.
But this is not the first of his exploits. More than 60 women have accused him of vile, disgusting, and inhumane crimes; drugging minors, sexual assault, pedophilia, sexual battery, and many more.
Only a few of these cases have gone to trial though. These crimes are not new; they have been committed across five decades of Cosby’s Pax Romana. The stature of limitations has denied 60 women of justice from this vile man.
Bill Cosby started his career in “h
In 1972, he used a character he created, Fat Albert, to produce, write, and direct a kid’s comedy show – Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The show ran until 1985.
He was then known as ‘America’ s Dad’ for his role in The Cosby show; a show that was widely considered as the number one TV show in America during its run from 1984-1992.
Bill Cosby received a Presidential Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush and a Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial. All of these including his countless Grammy, Emmy, Tony, are hang in his display shelf.
At some point, he was the highest paid actor in America.
As Cosby’s career prospered, he’s become more empowered to abuse women sexually. Sixty women.
Who would have thought that a Presidential Medal of Honor recipient will stand in front of a jury and a judge trying to convince them that he did not rape anybody?
But he did. And he was convicted. He’s now in prison.
He was stripped of his praises, ousted from Oscar’s Academy. His honorary degrees rescinded, his medals taken back.
And that is the fall of one of the pillars of America’s entertainment – in prison, alone. /apr