An internet conspiracy story has been making rounds online claiming that Bill Cosby was innocent and that a woman was paid to make false accusations about him.
The article has been published in different bogus news sites and has been gaining attention and circulating throughout different news and social hubs on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit.
The article, credited to “Baxter Dmitry,” didn’t cite any of Cosby’s accusers. Instead, it recited an elaborate conspiracy theory, attributed to a so-called “Hollywood insider,” that multiple accusers were paid to frame the actor.
“It is a crime to be black, successful and rich. A Hollywood insider has come forward alleging that Bill Cosby was framed with rape allegations in order to prevent him from buying TV network NBC, ” the article reads.
The supposed “insider” was not named in the article. Moreover, despite being published in 2019, the content appeared outdated, stating, for example, that Cosby “is standing trial for aggravated sexual assault in Pittsburgh.”
In September, Cosby was sentenced to three to ten years in prison for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
In the height of the #MeToo movement, dozens of women came forward with accusations that Cosby had drugged and assaulted them in similar incidents over his lengthy career as the famous comedian.
William Henry Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, and author who was active for over five decades before being convicted of a number of sex offenses in 2018. Cosby began his career as a stand-up comic at San Francisco during the 1960s.
The article alleges that the ‘Hollywood inside’ said that Bill Cosby became a threat to the institutions of Hollywood, that’s why they are doing their best to bring him down.
In an attempt to verify and fact-check the said article that claimed Cosby was claimed, Snopes discovered it had been published several times before by assorted junk news websites, including News Punch (14 June 2017 and 3 August 2016), Your News Wire (3 August 2016), SplenGroup (29 January 2016), and a fake TMZ website using the now-defunct domain name TMZNewsOnline.net (on or about 26 January 2016).
Notwithstanding the utter ridiculousness and the fact that no insider was named in the article, an insult to injury was added when the author had credited the attempt to ‘frame’ Cosby to the Illuminati, a favorite scapegoat of conspiracy theorists when it comes to anything about celebrities.
“The accusers are women who have worked with the Illuminati in the past and were paid to state they are victims of rape,” said the article.
According to the article, even if one of the accusations have leveled with the stature of limitation for sexual assault, other women who are paud by the Illuminati were meant to strengthen the case and destroy his reputation even more.
SALVAGING THE REPUTATION
It is possible that the article was a ploy by Cosby’s side or his supporters to cast doubt on his conviction and to paint an image of the disgraced comedian in a better light.
Recently, Cosby has waged a campaign to flip the narrative to his benefit by painting himself as a political prisoner.
Cosby cryptically released a statement through Wyatt saying: “My political beliefs, my actions of trying to humanize all races, genders, and religions landed me in this place surrounded by barb wire fencing, a room made of steel and iron.”
Earlier, Bill Cosby said that his time in prison is an “awesome experience.” However, amid these remarks, he likened himself to as a political prisoner like the late Nelson Mandela.
“I now have a temporary residence that resembles the quarters of some of the Greatest Political Prisoners – Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Randal Robinson, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis. I stand upright as a Political Prisoner, and I Smile,” he said.
The supposed “testimony” of an anonymous person who claimed to be a former Wilhelmina model and said she was paid $15,000 to “seduce and destroy Bill Cosby” was published on a website in 2014. That website, which claimed it had “fact checked and verified” the statement, no longer exists.
Until now, no further evidence have surfaced to corroborate the claims of this certain ‘Hollywood insider’. Is it possible that Bill Cosby was framed or is this just a PR ploy by his team to circumvent the negative narrative that has been painted over his five decades of success? /apr