This week’s podcast is mostly given over to the recent batch of sex-related stories—all done with, of course, exquisitely good taste. I lead off with the Bill Cosby accusations, which I approach with well-nigh unrestrained skepticism.
Renita Chaney Hill, for example, who was a teenage actress on one of Cosby’s shows in the early 1980s, told a magazine that Cosby would, quote, “often invite her to stay with him in his hotel rooms, then give her a drink,” end quote, whereupon she’d pass out. She suspects the drinks were drugged.The full Radio Derb playbill:
He’d often do this? How much did the girl mind if she let him do it often? And in the early 80s Bill Cosby was 40-something. Did Ms Hill not know it’s unwise for a pretty young teen female to go to the hotel room of a middle-aged man? And how are we supposed to evaluate these claims, anyway? What supporting evidence can these women provide, thirty and forty years after the event?
Another woman, Judy Huth, says Cosby took her and a friend to a party at the Playboy Mansion in 1974, where Cosby, when he got her alone, made her give him a hand job. The Playboy Mansion? Hel-lo? Ms Huth is suing Cosby on account of the, quote, “psychological damage and mental anguish” she says she suffered. After she went with him to the Playboy Mansion. And gave him a hand job. In 1974. Lots of luck with that lawsuit, honey.