Among the surd approximation of women accusing Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, could motherhood be preventing some from coming forward?
Since Hannibal Buress sounded the cavalry call late last year, over forty women have come forward in an attempt to make known the imputable passions of Bill Cosby. The women’s claims mirror in method and occurrence; a promise of mentorship or guidance, dinner to discuss said mentorship, a hotel room, a proffered cocktail, a length of time in which events are suddenly blurred or forgotten, and finally coming to, Cosby in a bathrobe, and a taxi waiting outside.
Most of the encounters took place decades ago, and were never mentioned or reported, out of fear of ridicule and the ignominy of slander. The weight lifted from the shoulders of these women, who felt like their collective silence was appropriate in dealing with their victimization, versus the formidable task of challenging a very powerful and respected foe cannot be described.
Other than the memory of the atrocious violations, there may be few physical reminders, and eventually you learn to cope. The same can’t be said about the less fortunate women, whose release from silence remains hindered even more, by Cosby’s progeny, whom they had to carry through gestation, then nurture and raise from birth, with little or no support.
We first heard about the ‘plot to extort’ money from Bill Cosby shortly after we grieved with his family at the loss of his only son back in 1997. Ennis Cosby was gunned downed by a troubled Ukrainian immigrant, as he wrestled with a flat tire on the side of a lonely California highway. Our outrage at the senseless loss was magnified only by the outrage at the failed rook, orchestrated by a young woman.
Autumn Jackson was seen by many as the knavish trollop who hid up the shirtsleeve of her equally knavish maenad mother, Shawn Upshaw. The truth is we do not know the details of Upshaw’s affair, especially since it has been brought to light of late, that Cosby may suffer from some fetishistic woe that causes him to fancy his paramours asleep for coitus. We do know from Jackson's claims that she believed he was her father. A claim that could have easily been disputed, had Cosby initially agreed to a paternity test at the beginning of the trial or even during its many twist and turns, instead of at the end.
After Jackson was found guilty of extortion, the results of Cosby’s paternity test would have been inadmissible. But that was the moment he was finally willing to ensure ‘Autumn got closure’. By that time she was unwilling to take part in the test herself. In essence, the jury is still out on whether or not Jackson is really Cosby’s kid, and whether there are any more young men and women who were raised to believe that he was their father.
Cosby’s role in Shaw and Jackson’s life was a prominent one from the very beginning. Cosby paid in upwards of one hundred thousand dollars to Shaw in order to lessen the burden of single parenthood, including tuition for Autumn’s schooling, and one might deduce, for her silence as well. Camille after all, has been carrying Bill’s Last name since 1965. Are there any more like her, kids that were conceived in very much the same way that sees him losing the amicable moniker ‘America’s dad’ and one that has the LAPD looking for ways to open and charge him in several investigations?
The truth is, we may never know, unless these victims summon the courage to come forward and give their testimony, so that justice may be found and the kids finally learn all about daddy. If he is in fact the once great Bill Cosby? #News