I first covered Cosby's Accusers in 2005. Why did it take so long for America to believe them?

Note: This column first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on January 14, 2020.

I’ll never forget the day I first learned about Andrea Constand’s drugging and sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby.

It was Jan. 20, 2005, a Thursday, just after 5 p.m. I was a crime investigative writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and the local NBC affiliate had just aired a story about it.

So my boss assigned it to me.

I had no idea then that I’d spend much of the next fifteen years tracking Andrea’s story, and the stories of the dozens of other women who would eventually accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and/or sexual misconduct, through the years when it seemed like no one would ever listen, and through the years when America finally did.



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