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The comedian built his career on playing a family man for the long-running sitcom The Cosby Show. But multiple sexual assault allegations have nearly tarnished his reputation. Needless to say, Hollywood stars are speaking out on the contraversy—whether it be good or bad.
The former model stopped by the Today show to discuss her detailed account of being allegedly drugged and attacked by Bill Cosby in the 1980s. "I most certainly did not think of my legacy as the first African-American supermodel to grace the cover of Vogue—and drugged by Bill Cosby," she explained. "I wanted him to know that I knew that he had drugged me and I just went on survival mode."
Barr wasn't shocked by the scandal. "Now I'm really [going to get] in trouble—but, you know, like every woman in Hollywood—there's hardly any hairdressers or waitresses or working women who don't know somebody," she said. "We've all heard it for a long time, and it surprises nobody. I have hopes that he would just make it clean and make it right."
The supermodel publicly accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, claiming she was raped in 1982 and calling the troubled comedian "a monster." She went on holding back tears,"There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and my top was open and at that point—fight or flight!—I just packed up and got the hell out of there."
The producer and writer had some pretty specific advice for Bill Cosby: stay home. During an interview on WTF With Marc Maron, he couldn't help but voice his candid opinions on the controversial comedian."I absolutely would like to see him in jail," said Apatow to the podcast host. "That's where people who commit sexual assaults go."
When Timeout New York asked the Girls star about Apatow becoming sort of an unofficial spokesman against the comedian, the actress compared Apatow's disliking for Bill Cosby to someone who's "obsessed with the Holocaust."
Cosby's former co-star took to Instagram to slam rumors that claimed she was molested by the actor in the past. With a throwback photo of herself Raven wrote, "I was NOT taking advantage of by Mr. Cosby when I was on the Cosby Show! I was practically a baby on that show and this is truly a disgusting rumor that I want no part of! Everyone on that show treated me with nothing but kindness. Now keep me out of this!"
The television host thinks it's bizarre that so many women must come forward for the police to believe the allegations against Bill Cosby. He spoke about the controversy to Variety, "I don't know why it's so hard to believe women. You go to Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man," he added. "Here you need 25."
The talk show host made a surprising revelation about her longtime friend Bill Cosby, whom she toured with in the '70s. "I, along with so many Americans and people around the world, don't want these [accusations] to be true," Gifford said on Today. "I will admit towards the very, very end of the last time I saw him, he did try to kiss me."
The creator of ABC's Black-ish jumped in after Judd Apatow's comments and tweeted to him, "I mean ur a comedy god but u have an extremely narrowband and privileged scope for ur powerful rage. He's probably a monster but as we have seen recently, nothing is true till it is & he's thru. Done. Stop kicking. It's like ur getn some sick pleasure from watching a black man who meant so much for so many fall."
The star known as Rudy Huxstable also adressed the media questions on the Today show, "Ultimately, they're just that, allegations. You know, it's very much been played out in the court of public opinion. But we're still in America, where ultimately you're innocent until proven guilty. I wasn't there. That's just not the man I know."
The model and actress spoke out in defense of Bill Cosby. The 50-year-old actress appeared on The Meredith Viera Show where she recounted her experience working with the 77-year-old comedian, insisting to the talk show host that Cosby is "nothing like the man they are describing."
Bill Cosby's wife of 50 years insists that her comedian and sitcom star husband is the man that people thought they knew. "I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were married in 1964," begins her statement in Rolling Stone. "The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend."
The actor who played Theo on The Bill Cosby Show spoke to Billboard about the controversial rape allegations against Cosby, "He's one of my mentors, and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor. Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this."
Cosby's onscreen wife for the series' eight-year run also defended her former co-star. "Forget these women," Rashad told ShowBiz411. "What you're seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy. And it's a legacy that is so important to the culture."
The former Hollywood executive came forward against the star and said he took advantage of her 36 years ago. "It was obvious to me that he had had sex with me. I was horrified, embarrassed and ashamed," she said. "There was a mirror above the bed, which shocked me further."
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