Bill Cosby's biographer has apologized for leaving details about the comedian's alleged sexual abuse out of his book Cosby: His Life and Times.
Mark Whitaker took to Twitter.com on Monday and admitted he was "wrong" for not including allegations about the comic. His apology comes hours after New York Times reporter David Carr criticized Whitaker for ignoring the allegations in his recent book, suggesting the biographer should have investigated fresh claims against his subject.
Whitaker wrote, "David, you are right. I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively." He added he has been following "new developments" and "will address them at the appropriate time".
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
The flood of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby continues this week, with former model Jewel Allison contending that the comedian drugged and assaulted her in the 1980s.
Allison spoke to the New York Daily News over the weekend, telling the publication that she first met Cosby through her agent, Sue Charney, who is best known for having discovered fellow Cosby accuser, Janice Dickinson. Charney had apparently told Allison to "seize the opportunity" of attending a dinner party at Cosby's New York home, leading to the sexual assault she's alleging now.
Allison, of course, did, realizing later that she "barely noticed when nobody else showed up." Attendance aside, the dinner went well, and Cosby eventually invited her back for another get-together:
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Bill Cosby's high-profile lawyer released another statement late Friday refuting the numerous claims of sexual assault facing the comedian, calling the reports "increasingly ridiculous" and blaming the media for its "breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration."
"Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork," attorney Martin Singer said. "When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop."
On Friday, a woman told Philadelphia Magazine that while working as a secretary for former Hollywood talent agency Artists Agency Corp. in 1965, Cosby drugged and attempted to sexually assault her at a party.
Layla A. Jones, philly.com
Former NBC employee Frank Scotti told the New York Daily News that he acted as Bill Cosby’s “fixer,” paying off women.
Scotti, now 90, recalled various instances in which Cosby would give him cash and instruct him to distribute it to as many as eight women via money order. “He had everybody fooled,” Scotti said. “Nobody suspected.” The NBC veteran even kept copies of the money orders from the pay-off era, between 1984 and 1992.
Some of the women Cosby allegedy sent money via Scotti include Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson said Cosby fathered her and tried to extort money from the television star and Angela Leslie. Leslie, now 52, said Cosby ran her out of the room when they met in Las Vegas after she refused to sleep with him. “I felt so used,” she told the New York Daily News.
Mare McKeever, philly.com
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Well, Beyoncé and her posse just made your music video look so amateur.
With just a Kale sweater and her undies, Beyoncé struts her stuff so effortlessly throughout her hotel room to her new song “7-11.”
Peter Mucha, Philly.com
Philly Jesus didn't walk across the water, but his news of mission has crossed the Atlantic, thanks to a new video by the BBC.
Actually, Philly Jesus does stride across water during the footage.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
The list of women publicly accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault or attempted assault continues to grow today with the addition of 71-year-old grandmother and New Hampshire resident, Kristina Ruehli. She is the 10th woman to accuse Cosby publicly, claiming that the comedian attempted to sexually assault her in 1965 — the earliest alleged yet.
Ruehli spoke with Philadelphia magazine's Victor Fiorillo today, saying that Cosby tried to force her to perform oral sex on him at his California home when she was 22. A young secretary for a talent agency at the time, Ruehli says that Cosby invited her and her co-workers to a party at his place after an airing of Hollywood Palace in 1965:
When I arrived at his house -- it was probably around 10 p.m. -- I was surprised that there was no one else there. He was very well liked at the agency, and so I expected others to be there. But no one else arrived.
Nick Vadala, Philly.com
Yesterday, news came that Temple University's Board of Trustees currently plans no move to act on comedian and fellow trustee Bill Cosby in the wake of sexual assault allegations cropping up this week. Satire, of course, responded in kind.
"Stipulating that the funds be used for 'furthering the invalidation of sexual assault claims wherever they occur,'" begins a recent piece from The Onion, "an anonymous donation received Thursday by Temple University is reportedly intended to be used to build a center for discrediting rape allegations."
The joke, of course, is that Bill Cosby is that anonymous donor, and that his apparent hopes to construct a center that would "act as a campuswide resource for damaging the reputation of rape victims" could somehow help in his current position. Unfortunately, the Onion piece stops short of a full satire, ending the piece with Temple's trustees turning down the fictitious donation: