Yesha Callahan

The New Yorker Says Bill Cosby Could End Up In Prison In 2016


By all accounts Bill Cosby had a terrible 2015. Despite rumors and court cases popping up over the years about the comedian’s alleged sexual assaults (and that EBONY cover), this year, dozens of women came out of the shadows to tell the world Cosby raped them. While Cosby’s rep took a serious hit in 2015, according to the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, it might get so much worse.

Toobin, who’s also the senior legal analyst for CNN, predicts Cosby’s legal woes might actually catch up to him in the New Year.

Here’s what he had to say:

The comedian’s reputation has been destroyed in the course of 2015, as dozens (dozens!) of women came forward to say that he had drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyers have denied most of the charges, when they have addressed them at all. But, in 2016, Cosby will suffer a lot more than bad publicity. A criminal investigation and multiple civil lawsuits are moving forward against him. The statute of limitations has been Cosby’s ally throughout his legal troubles, but the number and magnitude of the allegations should overwhelm him this year. It’s a good guess that Cosby will end 2016 in prison—and that he will end his life destitute.

While Cosby has repeatedly denied the allegations, a judge recently refused to throw out a lawsuit by one of his accusers.

If what Toobin says is true, Cosby’s legal team better get ready for a fight.

  1. December 8, 2015 - Reply

    Good lord, the mainstream media still talking about this guy but not a peep about Daniel Hotzclaw.

  2. December 8, 2015 - Reply

    As a lawyer I disagree with Toobin’s opinion that Cosby will end up in prison. Although his actions, if proven are reprehensible it is the statute of limitations that will probably bar any criminal action unless one or more of the accusers claim that the assault occurred within the time limit permitted by law. Even with the civil lawsuits there are even stricter time limits for an intentional tort, which is generally one year or infliction of emotional distress which varies from state to state. Surely Dollar Bill will let loose of some of his immense wealth but at the end of the day he’ll be richer than 99% of Americans albeit discredited and scorned.

    • December 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Darryl Hines

      My understanding is that there is the case of a young woman who came forward with allegations that she had been assaulted by Cosby in 2004. The Montgomery County, Pennsylvania DA’s office has until January 2016 to move forward with charges before the state’s 12-year statute of limitations is up.

  3. December 9, 2015 - Reply

    The statue of limitations is certainly benefiting Cosby. Like always, any rape should be condemned. Like others have said, the media should talk about him and Daniel Hotzclaw. We know that Cosby is an adulterer and he made that disrespectful pound cake speech. I do believe that there is a high probability of Cosby paying a settlement next year though. He most probably won’t receive prison time, because of the statue of limitations.

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