Does The “Sheer Volume Of Accusers” Make Bill Cosby Guilty Of Rape?
Roland Martin and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel look at the latest accusations being made against Bill Cosby for allegedly sexually assaulting a large number of women over the course of the past 30 years. The count now stands at 26 women who have alleged Cosby sexually assaulted them or tried to assault them.
“NewsOne Now” panelist, Monique Pressley, Principal of the Pressley Firm PLLC and class action defense attorney told Martin where the “sheer volume of accusers” is concerned, “you’ll have some people who will come forward and join the band wagon.”
“If you know the police department messed up in a certain park on a certain day, you’ll have thirty people who’ll come forward to cash in who weren’t even there, who were at lunch across the street, who were looking from the window.”
Pressley continued, “So we can’t think that just because people come forward and say ‘thirty years ago he (Bill Cosby) put something in my cup, I can’t prove he put it in there, I felt a little woozy. I didn’t save the cup. I didn’t go to the hospital’ … So what do we have now?”
Should we consider the 77-year-old comedian guilty as a result of the sheer volume of allegations being made against him or should we defer from trying him in the court of public opinion until he is officially charged and convicted of a crime?
Wildin’ Out Wednesday: VH1’s “Sorority Sisters” Ratchetry Losing Sponsors
Carr call the VH1 reality show “ratchetry.” She told Martin, “It’s a gazillion-dollar industry. People are nosy, they like that kind of stuff.”
Paul said he had no plans of watching the show, but after reading Martin’s tweets about it he had to tune in. “I haven’t seen make-up like that since Heath Ledger in the Dark Knight,” said Paul.
Huggy Lowdown added, “I read a tweet from Stevie Wonder that said it was bad.”
Martin also said two of VH1’s advertisers, Carmex Lip Balm Company and Hallmark are pulling their ads over the nature of the show. Ava DuVernay, director of the MLK biopic, “Selma,” wants ads for the upcoming movie pulled from the show as well.
Earlier today, Martin reported on Twitter that Coca Cola will join Carmex and Hallmark and have their ads pulled from the reality show that has everyone crying foul.
JB Smoove Talks “Top Five” And Roland Martin’s Missing Ascot
Smoove made light of Martin being out of uniform and shared his perspective on Rock’s semi-autobiographical comedy with the ascot-less “NewsOne Now” host.
“Comedians, we’re like boxers … there are certain combinations that we have to throw.” He added that Rock wrote “Top Five” as if he were “working out in a boxing gym.” According to Smoove, Rock sets up events in the movie like he’s working on a speed bag and “when something happens, it’s a big punch.”
TOP FIVE digs under the surface of show business, politics, rap, and the exigencies of being Black and famous today—holding it all up to the light in the way only Chris Rock can. Mingling echoes of Woody Allen and Dick Gregory with the energy of Kanye West and Jay Z, TOP FIVE is an original and radically new kind of American movie.
Written, directed, and starring Chris Rock, TOP FIVE tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Cedric The Entertainer, JB Smoove, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Hart, Anders Holm, Jay Pharaoh, Michael Che, Sherri Shepherd, Leslie Jones. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.
All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.