Roseanne Barr Says ‘No One is Surprised’ About Bill Cosby Allegations

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Groundbreaking comedian Roseanne Barr says Hollywood women knew about allegations that the “great comic” Bill Cosby sexually assaulted multiple women over the years, but no one said anything.

Now she’s saying something, on Access Hollywood.

“We all heard it for a long time, and it surprises nobody,” she said flatly, during an interview on the set Wednesday of Cristela where she was guest-starring.

“We all know women who know somebody, if they didn’t go through it themselves with Bill Cosby,” she said. “There are hardly any women — hairdressers, waitresses, working women — who don’t know somebody (affected by the allegations).”

But until a man said it, nobody paid attention, she added.

The man in question is comedian Hannibal Buress, who condemned Cosby as a “rapist” during a performance in Philadelphia, Cosby’s hometown, in October.

When a video of Buress calling out Cosby was posted on Philadelphia Magazine‘s website, it went viral, thus directing new attention to old allegations first made public nearly 10 years ago.

Now everybody’s talking about Cosby, after more than two dozen women have come forward in the past three months to accuse him of drugging and raping them in episodes dating to the late 1960s.

Barr is not alone. Comedian Patton Oswalt also says the Cosby allegations were well known among comics.

“It was a very badly kept secret in the comedian world, and a lot of us would talk about it. (Comedian/documentarian) Bobcat Goldthwait would mention it all the time,” he said on the You Make It Weird podcast with Pete Holmes in December.

Barr, who took heat on Twitter last year for joking about the Cosby allegations, is taking the matter more seriously now. She says she’s not given up hope that Cosby could repair some of the damage, including by compensating his accusers.

“I have hopes for this great comic,” she said. “I think he could make it clean, make it right. I think he could do that. There are so many ways — he’s got a billion bucks.”

He could do a lot for himself just by “saying I’m sorry,” she said.

She also tweeted about “redemption.”

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SOURCE: USA Today – Maria Puente

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