In 1965, Kristina Ruehli became the first of many women to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual misconduct. Fifty-three years and 60 accusations later, “America’s Dad” has been given a sentence of three to ten years for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, an event which the victim has stated to have happened in 2004.
While these accusations have been looming over Cosby’s head for the past 50 years, they were long thought dormant until comedian Hannibal Buress drudged them back up. During a show in 2014, he denounced Bill Cosby for talking down to young black men about how they dress and their lifestyle. After stating that Cosby has “raped”, Burress encouraged the audience to go home and search “Bill Cosby rape.” Many have pointed out that this event going viral kickstarted the Me Too movement and caused a resurgence of accusations towards Bill Cosby.
While the jury may have concluded that Bill Cosby is guilty of the crime stated by Andrea Constand, Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesperson, continues to refute the accusations. He called it the "the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States." After comparing the trial to the allegations towards Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Wyatt also stated that Cosby is doing fine because he “knows that these are lies.”