“‘You don’t know what a jury is going to do,’ said Gloria Allred, a civil-rights attorney representing 33 women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Allred, who’s perhaps best known for taking on high-profile cases involving women, has been watching Cosby’s sexual-assault trial closely from the benches of the Montgomery County courthouse outside of Philadelphia.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Allred, a native of Philadelphia who splits her time between New York and California. “I’m here for them,” she said.
She’s referring, of course, to the accusers she represents, the women who have been instrumental in reshaping the public perception of the famous entertainer. Allred and her clients are asking important questions about who the public ultimately thinks Bill Cosby is — the beloved TV dad who visited our living rooms once a week for years as Dr. Heathcliff Huxtable or a lecherous man who’s admitted to providing women with Quaaludes under the most questionable of circumstances. If you believe his accusers, Cosby’s been assaulting women with the help of drugs for more than four decades. If you side with the defense, he’s just a famous person who is being wrongly accused.
Whether Cosby is found guilty of the three felony counts of indecent assault or not will have a bearing on Allred’s upcoming civil case later this month in California.”
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