Carroll Baker is letting it be known exactly where she is in the middle of the Bill Cosby saga.
A day before the actor’s release from jail with quashed sexual assault charges, the 90-year-old Hollywood actress sat down for an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and said Cosby, 83 years, was simply “wonderful”. She also called Cosby a “very sexy man” while questioning why his accusers would even want to be alone with him in the first place.
“My heart is broken for Bill Cosby,” the “Baby Doll” star said on the “The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter” podcast. “Bill Cosby did not deserve, at his age and in the condition he is in. … He is a wonderful human being, absolutely wonderful, and I cannot stand the fact that he is in prison. I don’t think it was his fault. “
About 60 women have spoken out against Cosby, who was sentenced in 2018 to three to ten years for sexually assaulting Andrea Constand. The former Temple University employee called Cosby’s release “disappointing” in a statement shortly after his conviction was overturned and his subsequent release.
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“They did it on purpose… Why would you go to a secluded place with a man?” To play pinochle? Baker insisted in his interview with THR which was published on Tuesday. “I’m sure they were all fascinated by him. I have a feeling this drink was just an aphrodisiac and he didn’t force them to take it, he just offered it to them. And I think it’s a sin that he’s in prison. “
However, Baker – who is from the heyday of showbiz artists – sang a different tune when speaking about convicted rapist and former Miramax big boss Harvey Weinstein, calling the disgraced studio manager a “maniac.”
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Baker also took offense at the women who made allegations of sexual assault many years later.
“But also these days, I hate that these women do that,” she said. “Let them come back years ago and ruin a man’s career.” “
“Also, we fought for the vote, we fought to have the same salary as the men”, Baker added. “Why the hell do you let a man do this to you?” I wouldn’t let a man do this to me. If he scolded me, I would tell him how ugly, disgusting and dirty he was, and I would get away from me and I hate you, and I would hit him if I could. We are not in the 18th century when we wore creole skirts. Women, stand up for yourself and stop playing like you’re such a little girl! ”
She also said that she only remembers one case of suspected suspicious behavior in her many years of working in the entertainment industry.
“I was only asked once to lie down on the casting couch, and I just walked out the door,” she explained.
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When asked if she thought there were any “non-consensual” acts that she just might not have been aware of, Baker replied, “No, I don’t think so. “
Pennsylvania’s highest court dismissed Cosby’s conviction after finding that District Attorney Kevin Steele, the prosecutor who brought the case against Cosby, violated an agreement not to charge him. It was a deal former District Attorney Bruce Castor made in 2005, though it was apparently never put in writing.
Cosby was released from SCI Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa., Outside of Philadelphia, just before 2:30 p.m. on June 30, state corrections officials told Fox News at the time. He was seen leaving prison in a white car shortly after.
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Hollywood’s biggest supporters of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements – among other celebrities – immediately took to social media to slam the verdict. Cosby was the first mega name to be prosecuted for alleged sexual assault since the #MeToo era covered the industry as a whole.