Standup comic Hannibal Buress, whose 2014 remark about sexual-assault accusations against Bill Cosby went viral, is getting another serious surge of attention.
The path to Cosby’s conviction on Thursday on charges he drugged and molested a woman at his suburban Philadelphia home arguably started 3 1/2 years earlier in a Philadelphia comedy club, w Buress during his standup act mocked Cosby’s smug preachiness and called him a rapist.
“Bill Cosby has a lot of rape allegations. … When you leave , Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.'”.
Buress was silent on the subject after Thursday’s verdict against Cosby, tweeting out only tour dates, and his representatives didn’t respond to requests for a statement.
“These allegations were made for years and were almost uniformly ignored. Then Hannibal Buress referenced them in a standup comedy routine that went viral, and suddenly it was an avalanche.” – Michael David Smith, managing editor of Pro Football Talk.
Cosby, who was known for his good-guy image as wisdom-dispensing, sweater-wearing Dr. Cliff Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” repeatedly denied sexually violating a Temple University employee at his mansion in 2004.
Cosby, who’s 80, could get up to 10 years in prison on each of three counts of aggravated indecent assault but is likely to get less than that under state sentencing guidelines.
Buress has refused to talk about Cosby in interviews, but he addressed what he had started in his 2016 Netflix special.
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