How Media Companies Are Responding To The Bill Cosby Rape Allegations

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Model and television host Janice Dickinson is the latest woman to publicly accuse comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. She is one of a number of women to spark a firestorm of reaction to decades-old rape allegations against the comedian.

Cosby’s lawyer has denied the claims as “discredited allegations,” but networks and content producers are on guard.

Netflix has decided to shelve a Cosby stand-up special to commemorate his 77th birthday. NBC is facing mounting pressure to can a sitcom project in the works with Cosby.

NPR’s David Folkenflik spoke with Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson and Peter O’Dowd about media crisis control and how companies have responded to similar cases in the past (thinkWoody Allen and Martha Stewart).


This segment aired on November 19, 2014.


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