As the Associated Press released documents which incriminated Bill Cosby for buying drugs with the intention of having sex with woman, once-ardent supporters like Jill Scott are backtracking.
Jill Scott had defended Bill Cosby when he was first accused of sexual misconduct in late 2014. Scott had declared on Twitter that Bill had done "more for brown people than almost anyone ever" and said the charges were "insane."
@KristensWay I'm respecting a man who has done more for the image of Brown people that almost anyone EVER. From Fat Albert to the HuxtablesBut on Monday, the Associated Press released details from a 2005 deposition on a civil case between Cosby and a woman who accused him of sexual assault. Bill admitted during the case that he had obtained the hypnotic drug Quaaludes to give to young women that he wanted to have sex with. Those documents caused Jill to renounce her support of Cosby. Scott once again took to Twitter, noting that "his own testimony offers proof of terrible deeds, which is all I have ever required to believe the accusations."
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) December 1, 2014
About Bill Cosby. Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.Jill did defend her decision to stand by Bill Cosby earlier, noting how so many African Americans have been charged for crimes which they did not commit. She declared that proof will matter more than public opinion, and that this sworn testimony was proof. She finished up noting that she was not sorry she had stood by her mentor, but that she was sorry that the accusations were true.
— ⭐Jill Scott⭐ (@missjillscott) July 6, 2015
Scott was not the only celebrity to defend Cosby after the accusations came out, but she is the most visible example of one who has backtracked due to these new revelations. However, some of Bill Cosby's supporters are continuing to maintain his innocence.
One of these supporters is Faizon Love, an actor who has been on the silver screen since 1993. When Love was asked if he was willing to recant on Twitter, Faizon responded with a heap of invectives and asked why people were more focused on Cosby than on the Dylan Roof shooting. Twitter users pointed out that it is possible to care about both things at the same time.
Meanwhile, those who have accused Cosby from the start feel as if they have been vindicated. Judd Apatow, who declared in December that Cosby's live comedy shows should be cancelled, told Esquire that "we shouldn't need Bill Cosby to admit it to believe forty people who were victimized by him."
Apatow also expressed his hopes that Cosby's wife and his Cosby Show wife would "now stand with the victims and not with their attacker."
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