Bill Cosby’s lawyers have finally been forced to answer accusations against the entertainer. A crescendo of innuendo turned into a thunderous chorus of “caught” after unsealed testimony from a 2005 case against Cosby revealed that he admitted to extramarital affairs and to acquiring drugs to give to young women he’d have sex with. Cosby’s lawyers, who were previously content to meet the accusations with silence, have now fired back. They claim that unsealing the testimony and its subsequent publishing in mainstream media is part of a “smear campaign” against Cosby.
The lawyers are virtually echoing what Cosby’s former co-star Phylicia Rashad said about what she saw as a mendacious campaign to discredit Cosby. “Forget these women,” Rashad told an interviewer last winter. “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.”