The real problem is that 'old' allegations are pretty much impossible to prove with physical evidence.
I am not saying any of these ladies are lying and I am not propping up BC. But, I will say it does not matter to me much how many "pile on," as that in and of itself does not mean a single one of them (or the group collectively) are telling the truth.
I've spent a good of time in court on rape cases. They are hard enough to prove in the best of circumstances with solid physical evidence. A case like this will never see a conviction, or at least that's my read.
But, I do renew my caution of the "court of public opinion." The fact remains that Cosby has now been convicted in the cultural court, and regardless of his guilt or innocence, his life is forever altered in a negative way.
This p**ses me right off because we have codified protections in place to prevent this crap from happening, yet they are ignored. Due process is a very, very important thing, and I suggest you all be very careful how much of that you are willing to give away on the alter of "pop news."
I've looked rapists and murderers and armed robbers in the eye. And, I've testified against them. And, I believe they should be punished for their crimes and their crimes are no joking matter. But, at the same time, I've also been vocally adamant that they deserve their day in court according to the freaking rules
. That is, rules of evidence and rules regarding Right to Cross Examination.
People's lives, including those accused of heinous, violent crimes, are not "entertainment." This stuff is not a game.
Regarding that glee that is felt when a story like this breaks? I suggest you guys check out the STARSUCKERS (2009) documentary. It's available online:http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/starsuckers/
It is an interesting insight into how and why stories like this are manufactured and used to manipulate. No vetting, no sourcing, nothing in many, many cases.
Short Version: Gossip is its own evil, no matter what the subject of the gossip did or did not do.