The rape and abuse allegations against Bill Cosby seem to keep growing in numbers. About 30 women have come forward to accuse him of crimes allegedly committed as far back as over two decades ago and as recent as 2008, and everywhere the comedian has toured for his shows, he has been met with protesters voicing their opinions against him.
Cosby, 77, has denied all the allegations via his legal team. But, actress and Emmy Award-winner Roseanne Barr says his sexual antics were common knowledge during the days the alleged rapes were said to have occurred.
In an interview with “Access Hollywood,” Barr was asked if she was surprised by the accusations.
“No, because like everybody else – now I’m really [going to get] in trouble – but, you know, like every woman in Hollywood — there’s hardly any hairdressers or waitresses or working women who don’t know somebody… we all know women who know somebody if not [someone] who [went] through it themselves with Bill Cosby,” Barr said.
Despite the “whispers,” nobody came forward to accuse Cosby, because “nobody gives a damn until a man says it,” she said. Barr, 62, was referring to the bit comedian Hannibal Buress did about Cosby in which he called him a rapist.
And yet, Barr thinks not all hope is lost for Cosby and that he could try to make amends. “I have hopes that he would just make it clean, and make it, you know, make it right and I do think he could do that.”
“There’s so many ways. He’s got a billion bucks,” she says. “… I hope he gets a lot of suggestions from people who say they care about him, of how to do that, ’cause we all want a happy ending, and a just ending.”
When asked if she was saying that maybe monetary settlements would be in order, Barr said, “Whatever it is, I hope he finds it, and I really do. I hope he finds it because, I mean, he’s a great talent. It’s too bad, but, I mean, we’re all half nuts anyway. But, I mean, we go like this, ‘Hey, I made a mistake.’ How hard is this really? Seriously.”
Regarding his legacy, she was less optimistic. “I think it’s damaged, but, I mean, there’s none of us alive who can’t go, ‘I made a mistake. I had a really bad problem and I’m ‘fessing’ up to it. And here’s a scholarship,’ … You know, there’s a million ways around it to go. But there’s nothing more powerful than, ‘I’m sorry.'”