'You can hear their pain': Chasing Cosby and the rise of #MeToo podcasts
“I kept all my files down in my basement, in a waterproof box. I thought, you never know – the scandal might bubble up again.”
Nicki Weisensee Egan is explaining how she came to spend 15 years delving into the most shocking fall from grace of any 21st-century celebrity – and what she did when the case went dark.
As a reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News in 2005, she was the first US journalist to delve into sexual-abuse allegations against Bill Cosby, the once-feted entertainer who is now a known, prolific rapist. When Cosby wriggled out of multiple allegations in 2006 with an out-of-court settlement, Egan held out hope that he might one day be brought to justice. Then, in 2014, a video of the comedian Hannibal Buress accusing Cosby went viral and things were quickly reignited. Today, Cosby is behind bars, having been sentenced to between three and 10 years in prison in 2018 and – having written a book about the case – Egan is reflecting further in a new podcast, Chasing Cosby.