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Caused alarm Bill Cosby’s release proves rich, old-dude justice is alive and well

Cosby, dropped like a hot brick by several TV companies after multiple allegations of rape, claims he’s had numerous offers from documentary makers since his release from prison last week

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Comedian Bill Cosby reacts outside his home (Matt Slocum/AP)

Comedian Bill Cosby reacts outside his home (Matt Slocum/AP)

Comedian Bill Cosby reacts outside his home (Matt Slocum/AP)

Recently-released Bill Cosby claims he’s going on the road to tell his story.

All he needs is Rolf Harris and Gary Glitter and he could get the band back together.

Cosby, dropped like a hot brick by several TV companies after multiple allegations of rape, claims he’s had numerous offers from documentary makers since his release from prison last week.

There was no comment from I Wouldn’t Touch Him With Yours Pictures or Barge Pole Productions.

And the man who was shuffling, half-dead and half-blind at his trial three years ago appears to have made a miraculous recovery.

The reversal of his sexual assault convictions by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has caused alarm among victims rights campaigners.

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Bill Cosby, centre, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania., after being convicted in 2018 (Matt Slocum/AP)

Bill Cosby, centre, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania., after being convicted in 2018 (Matt Slocum/AP)

Bill Cosby, centre, leaves the the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania., after being convicted in 2018 (Matt Slocum/AP)

But should we really be surprised that rich, old-dude justice has prevailed?

Serious rape allegations against Cosby, once known as America’s Dad thanks to his cosy family sitcom, have been swirling round since the 1960s.

Almost 70 women alleged the same technique. He’d offer them medication under a false pretence, wait until they passed out and sexually assault them.

Many women reported their treatment to police, but most were timed out of prosecution, falling foul of statutes of limitations. Thanks to the Cosby case California ended its 10-year limit on prosecutions in 2016.

Despite the endless stories and pleas to have him prosecuted no one paid any attention until a comedian, Hannibal Buress, called Cosby out in a widely shared routine in 2014.

And his issue with the TV star was that he was talking down to the black community in America, delivering lectures on good living while hiding in plain sight as a sexual predator.

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Seventy women making serious allegations weren’t enough but one joke from one male comedian kicked off a legal battle that got Cosby jailed in 2018 for serious sexual assaults against one woman.

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Bill Cosby has thanked fans for their support after being freed from prison (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby has thanked fans for their support after being freed from prison (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Bill Cosby has thanked fans for their support after being freed from prison (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

But he had a get out of jail free card. An agreement from 2005 with a previous prosecutor that Cosby wouldn’t face criminal charges if he made statements admitting to what he’d done for a non-criminal case.

It was announced in a press release, constituting justice scribbled on the back of a fag packet, and it was enough to get Cosby freed.

It is a blow that he’s been released given the number of allegations against him.

It was also a huge achievement to get him into court and into jail at all.

After Harvey Weinstein he’s probably the highest-profile man in the showbiz industry who thought his celebrity gave him immunity and turned out to be wrong.

Cosby can tour from now until the end of time, but everyone now knows what he is, and that more men like him will have to answer for their behaviour.

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