A Timeline of the Scandals that Have Damaged Bill Cosby’s Legacy


A chronology of the controversies that have tarnished the legacy of one of Hollywood’s most beloved performers

In 2014, Kristina Ruehli accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 22 years old.

July 1997
Cosby admits to paying $100,000 to a woman named Shawn Berkes to keep secret an extramarital affair they had in the 1970s. But he denied he was the father of her 22-year-old daughter.

March 2000
Lachele Covington files police report claiming Cosby touched her inappropriately. No charges were brought against Cosby.

May 2004
Cosby delivers his famous “Pound Cake” speech at NAACP Awards, criticizing too-permissive parenting by African Americans. A judge later cited the moralizing speech when unsealing Cosby’s deposition in 2015.

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Source: TheWrap | Reid Nakamura

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