Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Bill Cosby to Stand Trial in 2004 Sex Case, But Financial Reward for Alleged Victims A Question


Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in the alleged 2004 sex attack on Andrea Constand, Fifty eight accusers later, Cosby will finally have to answer in open court for his decades of allegedly attacking women using booze and pills. It’s not going to be a pretty sight. If the trial happens, it will be another one for the Century.

If Cosby is found guilty, there will be another civil case against him. There are already cases pending against him. But getting money from him will probably be as easy as getting it from O.J. Simpson. This is despite Cosby’s net worth being valued at around $350 million.

Lawyers point out that Cosby has probably transferred most of his assets to his wife and children, to trusts, and to off shore accounts.

The net gain for Constand and all the women involved will be moral vindication.

Cosby has no doubt worked with lawyers and accountants in the last year to shield himself from civil lawsuits. It may be more important than ever since he has no career left, and future royalties from books and records or movies, even public appearances, will be nil whether or not he’s found innocent. “The Cosby Show” is no longer shown much, for example. For his family, Cosby has destroyed their future earnings from his estate. His legacy is over.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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