Dozens of women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct, with many publicly detailing their allegations against him.
Cosby and his representatives have consistently denied the women's claims, which span several decades and in many cases involve allegations that Cosby drugged them before sexually assaulting them. Last year, his attorney called them "increasingly ridiculous," and said, "It is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."
Some Cosby supporters have been even more dismissive. And the revelation that Cosby admitted in a 2005 deposition to obtaining Quaaludes to drug women he wanted to have sex with — and to giving the sedative to at least one woman and Benadryl to another — didn't change that. A persistent line of thinking from this camp is that Cosby's accusers, some of whom were aspiring actresses or models when they said he assaulted them decades ago, are simply "seeking publicity" by adding to the chorus of voices that have spoken out.
Whether or not you believe the allegations, that theory doesn't make a lot of sense. At all. Twitter user @FreedomReeves explained why in a tweet late last year, using the perfect visual aid.
List of people who built a career on false rape allegations... pic.twitter.com/zVhQ09qRD4— Jawn Ralphio (@FreedomReeves) November 22, 2014
That's not a very long list.