Media from around the world descended on the state of Pennsylvania to snap shots of Bill Cosby as he reported for his arraignment outside Philadelphia on a charge of felony indecent assault.
No cameras were allowed in the courtroom, but Philadelphia television stations streamed Cosby’s arrival and the network evening news programs led with the story.
“Reporters waited for hours outside the small courthouse in Elkins Park, where Cosby arrived in a black-and-white hooded sweater on Wednesday afternoon for his arraignment,” reportedThe Washington Post.
The seemingly impossible occurred for Bill Cosby on Tuesday, December 29th; his sexual assault episode climbed from bad to worse.
After essentially ignoring allegations against Cosby for decades, mainstream media now seems intent on hounding him like they did Michael Jackson; “death by a thousand cuts.” The process, known as Lingchi, was a form of torture and execution used in China from roughly AD 900 until it was banned in 1905. It worked on three levels: as a form of public humiliation, as a slow and lingering death, and as a punishment after death.
We should get ready for the most sensational celebrity trial of the Twitter & social media age.
It marks the first time charges have been officially brought against the beleaguered comedian, who has been accused by upwards of 60 women of drugging and/or raping them in episodes dating back as far as the mid-1960s.
Assuming the case goes to trial in early 2016, it would be the most notorious since the late superstar Michael Jackson was tried and acquitted of child molestation charges in June 2005, way before Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the rest of the social-media news shouters added to the clamor of celebrity media coverage in general.