Andrea Constand says Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her.
The alleged crime, though, occurred a long time ago. Ten years ago, to be exact.
The authorities have arrested the iconic comedian/actor/social commentator and he posted bond on $1 million bail.
It’s looking like the end of the line for Cosby. His public image is in shambles. Universities that bestowed honorary doctoral degrees have pulled them back.
Then again …
The allegations from Constand and seemingly countless other women have ravaged Cosby’s once-stellar reputation as a role model. He was seen as the consummate family man. He portrayed one on a long-running television show, blazing trails for other African-American entertainers in the process.
Then came the accusations from women that he drugged them, forced himself on them without their consent.
These allegations are troubling — and disgusting — in the extreme.
It’s fair to ask one simple question of Andrea Constand and perhaps all the others: Why did you wait so many years before leveling these horrendous charges?
It is the delay in coming forward that troubles me to a large extent, although not to the extent that the allegations themselves have troubled me.
If any of these cases ever get heard in a courtroom, I am quite sure an inquisitive public will hear plenty of reasons why these women waited so long.