Since 2005, nearly two dozen women have come forward alleging Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them. In recent weeks, many of them have spoken out about the alleged abuse at the hand of the now-77-year-old comedian, some instances of which date back as far as the 1960s. Most of the stories sound eerily similar, with Cosby asking the woman to come to his home, giving her a pill, and the woman waking up much later in a haze. In light of these revelations, Netflix and TV Land pulled their Cosby content and NBC put an end to the project it was developing with him.
On Monday, the New York Times' David Carr wrote an article stating his belief that journalists (himself included) should have done more to bring the sexual abuse allegations against Cosby to light.
In September of this year, author Mark Whitaker released a biography on Cosby. In the nearly 500-page book, the alleged rape allegations against the comedian weren't mentioned once. And even as more women came forward, Whitaker stood by his decision to not include the accusations before publishing. In a statement given to BuzzFeed News through his publisher in September, Whitaker said, "In the case of the other allegations, however, there were no independent witnesses and no definitive court findings, which did not meet my journalistic or legal standard for including in the biography."
But Whitaker responded on Twitter to Carr's article, agreeing with the journalist and saying he plans to right his wrong.
Emily Orley is an entertainment reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Orley reports on the television industry.
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