By all accounts Bill Cosby had a terrible 2015. Despite rumors and court cases popping up over the years about the comedian’s alleged sexual assaults (and that EBONY cover), this year, dozens of women came out of the shadows to tell the world Cosby raped them. While Cosby’s rep took a serious hit in 2015, according to the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, it might get so much worse.
Toobin, who’s also the senior legal analyst for CNN, predicts Cosby’s legal woes might actually catch up to him in the New Year.
Here’s what he had to say:
The comedian’s reputation has been destroyed in the course of 2015, as dozens (dozens!) of women came forward to say that he had drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby’s lawyers have denied most of the charges, when they have addressed them at all. But, in 2016, Cosby will suffer a lot more than bad publicity. A criminal investigation and multiple civil lawsuits are moving forward against him. The statute of limitations has been Cosby’s ally throughout his legal troubles, but the number and magnitude of the allegations should overwhelm him this year. It’s a good guess that Cosby will end 2016 in prison—and that he will end his life destitute.
If what Toobin says is true, Cosby’s legal team better get ready for a fight.