Bill Cosby

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William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., born July 12, 1937 (age 81), is an American actor and comedian from Philadelphia. He is famous for his role on The Cosby Show, the highest rated show in television at that time, his Jello advertisements, his children's comedy cartoon Fat Albert and his comedy albums.

In 1976, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Bill Cosby has been married to Camille Cosby since 1964. They had four daughters and son. Their son was murdered in 1997 and his killer is in prison. One of their daughters died in 2018.

Cosby is a Protestant and has spoken about how important his faith is to him.[1] He angered many people when he voiced criticism of the African-American community's acceptance of single-parent households, high crime and imprisonment rates and other problems. He has also said black people in America should not blame white people for the problems black people face today. He said that they should take personal responsibility and better themselves through education and hard work, rather than becoming parents at an early age.[2] For this reason, Cosby was highly regarded among conservatives who feel the same way.[2][3]

Cosby has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment by many women. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to three charges, and his trial in court began June 5, 2017.[4] The first trial ended in a hung jury, and he was retried in 2018.[5] On April 26, 2018, he was convicted of three counts in relation to drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.[6] He is currently under house arrest while awaiting sentencing.

Several universities have revoked honorary degrees awarded to Cosby due to sexual assault allegations, including Yale University which revoked the first honorary degree in the history of the university.

References

  1. Hensch, Mark (December 15, 2011). Q&A: Bill Cosby Talks Family, Faith and Tim Tebow. The Christian Post. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Leadership Network of Conservative African-Americans. Thank You, Bill Cosby, For Saying the Right Thing at the Right Time [1]
  3. Murphy, James (April 30, 2018). Bill Cosby's Conviction of Sexual Assault Overshadows the Rest of His Life. The New American. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  4. Bill Cosby sex abuse hearing
  5. Cosby knew he would get a hung jury all along
  6. Bill Cosby found guilty

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