In the past year, the glass has been shattered on Bill Cosby’s once pristine legacy of philanthropy, comedy, education, and most of all, The Cosby Show. With countless accusations of women being sedated and then raped, Mr. Cosby has been in the line of fire for over 12 months. However, up until last Wednesday, December 30th no actual charges had been filed and still there have been no convictions. 

In the court of public opinion Mr. Cosby is as good as guilty even though no one has heard his actual response to the allegations and he has never been tried by a jury.

“The charge by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office came as no surprise, filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county’s DA during which this case was made the focal point,” Cosby’s attorneys said in a statement released after his arraignment Wednesday. “Make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that Mr. Cosby will be exonerated by a court of law.”

 Though Cosby’s team vows to fight the vigorously fight the charges, even if he beats the case set against him is there really ever a way to repair his legacy?  While it’s not true, there were even rumors that Cosby’s star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame would be removed despite the fact that there are numerous other celebs that have been accused and found guilty of other heinous crimes as well (…a la Woody Alan). Just last month, his star was found defamed.
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While Cosby’s trial is just getting underway, there’s little he can do to prove he’s innocent in the eyes of many. We weren’t at the scene so we won’t speak on whether we believe he’s guilty or not but we will leave you with this one thought… do we pick and choose who we decide to villainize in the court of public opinion?