Bill Cosby’s image continued to spiral in to negative territory as the U.S Navy joined a list of past collaborators distancing themselves from the famed actor by revoking his honorary status as Chief Petty Officer on Thursday. A press release from the Navy stated that Ray Mabus, the Secretary of the Navy, and Mike Stevens, Master chief Petty Officer, rescinded Cosby’s honorary title that was conferred to him in 2011.
The statement from the Navy indicated that the service took the action based on allegations that he had sexually assaulted women over the years, an action that conflicts with the service’s core values of courage, honor, and commitment.
Bill Cosby was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1960 after four years of service. During his employment in the Navy, he worked in hospitals, helping injured Korean War veterans recover.
More than 15 women have come forward, claiming that he sexually assaulted them at different times during his lengthy acting career. Bill Cosby’s attorney has refuted the claims, terming them as defamatory.
As the United States Navy joins other former supporters in causing Bill Cosby’s image to spiral in to negative territory by revoking his honorary status, new accusations continue to come to the surface. The latest accusation comes from P.J Masten who told Daily News that he raped her in 1979 when she worked at the Playboy Club in Chicago as a Bunny manager.
According to her account, Cosby invited her to his room at the Whitehall Hotel in Chicago with the intention of going to diner. He offered her a drink. She woke up naked the following morning with Cosby sleeping next to her. She said she felt sore and groggy, and knew that she had been raped. She dressed up and took a cab home.
She told Daily News that Bill Cosby telephoned her afterwards and asked why she had left the hotel early. She told him that she needed to be at work. He later sent her a ficus tree with a card printed that friendships needed to be groomed like the ficus tree. She said she let the tree die. She added that there are as many as 12 other women who worked with her that were raped by Cosby, but are afraid to come in to the open.
The Playboy Club is owned by Hugh Heffner. When asked for comment, he said that Cosby has been his good friend for a long time. He said he was saddened by the thought that the accusations could be true. He said he would consider the behavior unacceptable regardless of the alleged perpetrator.
Masten, who currently runs a small business in New Jersey, said she decided to make the incident public after learning that Judy Huth has contacted law enforcement claiming that Cosby raped her at the Playboy Mansion when she was 15 years old.
Masten previously sued famed sportscaster Marv Albert, claiming that he had tried to force her to perform oral sex on him in 1994 in a Dallas hotel. She managed to escape. Albert has maintained that the charges were false, even though he pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and battery. As Bill Cosby’s Navy image spirals further into negative territory and his honorary status is revoked, it remains to be seen if he will end up like Marv Albert, who never regained his stature in the sports casting world, or whether the accusations will tarnish his legendary image forever.
By Benedicto Ateku