Once known as “America’s Dad,” people nowadays might feel Bill Cosby is anything but fatherly. Throughout the last few years, over 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assaults they say took place from 1965 to 2008. In April, the former TV star was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault on Andrea Constand in 2004. On Sept. 25, the 81-year-old convicted celebrity was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison for his assault on Constand.
The embattled comedian’s problems have affected people beyond his accusers who include Katherine McKee. In early September, Geoffrey Owens, a former actor from “The Cosby Show,” was in the news for taking a job at a grocery store, in part due to the financial impact of the show being removed from syndication due to Cosby’s scandals.
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Stars, public figures react to Cosby's guilty verdict
Stars, public figures react to Cosby's guilty verdict
**Click through the following slides to see how people reacted to Bill Cosby being convicted in a sexual assault retrial.**
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To the survivors of his abuse, and to all survivors –whether you receive justice swiftly or many years down the roa… https://t.co/78jE8iCj9t
Bill Cosby free on bail, not remanded. It doesn't matter. He's a convicted sex offender now. And today the victims… https://t.co/xkGf4Gb0FQ
Cosby is guilty. I’m sorry if you loved a lie. His victims can now exhale. Thank you judge and jury. Thank you society for waking up.
BYE BILL https://t.co/OPTODw0lyO
Finally some justice for Bill Cosby’s victims. May they find a little #peace today. #GUILTY
Bill Cosby going down epic. Finally a conviction. Finally justice.
In a fitting end to Sexual Assault Awareness month, Bill Cosby was found guilty today. Thinking of all the women he… https://t.co/zNzafAeXjQ
I wonder how long it’s going to take Trump to announce he’s going to pardon Bill Cosby.
Time’s up, Bill. Time’s BEEN up for you, for years. And now justice. Justice for women I know who you’ve hurt and t… https://t.co/ljZWhoJu8W
I hope Eddie Murphy reaches out and scolds him for using "blue" words in his set. https://t.co/VvwI2AkEet
Bill Cosby Found Guilty of Sexual Assault After Years of Accusations https://t.co/TKRBKN5Frb Hallelujah. It's about… https://t.co/I8OODtJlIr
Sometimes justice takes far too long — but it was served today in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Thank you… https://t.co/OzDgBsb7eJ
Hannibal Burress changed history.
How about - in the future, in cases like Bill Cosby or Weinstein, these women don't have to devote 15 to 20 years o… https://t.co/vGkDeljVKA
More importantly, I haven't forgotten about the many women you assaulted and silenced with your power. Good riddanc… https://t.co/DFClBhsjfa
The state of America is this- Even with dozens of accusers we were all afraid Bill Cosby would walk.
Bill Cosby found guilty. Good night, you piece of shit. The strength of his accusers is everything.
Bill Cosby is going to prison. The #GoldenStateKiller has been arrested. Largely thanks to the courage and dedicati… https://t.co/8kJFrvsS8T
This Bill Cosby verdict is a big deal.
A really big deal.
Women were sexually assaulted by this man and then drag… https://t.co/09KmM9TI5U
For the bulk of his show business career, Bill Cosby news was largely positive. A beloved sitcom dad and longtime spokesperson for the Jell-O brand, Cosby was admired and trusted by fans. In 2014, however, this all came to a screeching halt. Women began coming forth in droves to accuse the seemingly decent and moral star of sexual assault dating back decades.
With a net worth of $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, Cosby has much to lose.
Bill Cosby Stand-Up Comedy
Born on July 12, 1937, Bill Cosby began his stand-up comedy career in the early 1960s. That career spanned for five decades and included a whopping nine Grammy Awards. In recent years, Forbes estimated that Cosby earned at least $7 million from his “Far From Finished” tour between November 2013 and November 2014.
RELATED: Bill Cosby through the years
Bill Cosby through the years
Bill Cosby through the years
July 1973: The actor, Bill Cosby, in Perth. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Actor Bill Cosby leaves his New York City home accompanied by his wife, Camille (L,) and a young woman with her hands over her face, believed to be one of his four daughters, enroute to Los Angeles, CA, 16 January 1997 after his son Enis William Cosby was found shot to death along a California freeway. The young Cosby, 28, was found in a pool of blood after he stopped to change a flat tire. (Photo credit should read BOB STRONG/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, : Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (R) and his wife Camille arrive at the White House 06 December for a reception prior to being honored at the 21st annual national Kennedy Center Honors. Cosby and the other honorees will be saluted later 06 December at a performance in the Kennedy Center's Opera House. AFP PHOTO/CHRIS KLEPONIS (Photo credit should read CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April, 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Actor Danny Glover and basketball star Michael Jordan were two of the honorees at the ceremonies sponsored by Essence Magazine. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL (Photo credit should read MATT CAMPBELL/AFP/Getty Images)
386603 06: Rachel Robinson and Actor Bill Cosby, who was the Master of Ceremonies, share a moment March 12, 2001 at The Jackie Robinson Foundation 2001 Awards Dinner at The Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. (Photo by George De Sota/Newsmakers)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Actor Bill Cosby arrives at the NBC 75th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza in New York 05 May 2002. The actual anniversary fell on 15 November, 2001. AFP PHOTO Doug KANTER (Photo credit should read DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 9: Actor Comedian Bill Cosby shows off the Presidential Medal of Freedom he received from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony July 9, 2002 at the White House in Washington, DC. The medal is the highest civilian award given to those who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
PHILIDELPHIA - MAY 22: Comedian and member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University Bill Cosby enters the arena prior to speaking to the graduates of the Class of 2003 at Temple University's commencement ceremony in The Liacouras Center May 22, 2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Don Murray/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 21: Actor Bill Cosby poses backstage with his 'Bob Hope Humanitarian' award during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium September 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 12: Comedian Bill Cosby introduces the film 'Fat Albert' at Temple University's Liacouras Center for the world premiere of 'Fat Albert' December 12, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The film, based on Bill Cosby's 'Fat Albert' cartoon series of the 70's, opens nationwide Christmas day. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Comedian Bill Cosby performs at the Apollo Theater on December 11, 2005 In New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 14: (AFP OUT) Entertainer Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios October 14, 2007 in Washington, DC. Cosby spoke on the new book he co-authored 'Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors.' (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 19: Bill Cosby arrives at the Esquie Magazine and Village Academies event honoring Bill Cosby at Esquire North November 19, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 26: Comedian Bill Cosby poses for photographers at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on October 26, 2009 in Washington, DC. Cosby is this year's honoree. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 08: Bill Cosby and his wife Camille Cosby speak onstage at the Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Gala at The Apollo Theater on June 8, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA - APRIL 6: Bill Cosby, Ed.D. poses for pictures before accepting the Marian Anderson Award at a gala concert produced in partnership with The Philadelphia Orchestra April 6, 2010 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 08: Comedian Bill Cosby attends the Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards Dinner at the The Waldorf Astoria on March 8, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 09: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby speaks onstage during Andre Agassi Foundation for Education's 15th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at the Wynn Las Vegas October 9, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event raises funds to help improve education for underserved youth in the Las Vegas community. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Comedian Bill Cosby promotes new book 'I Didn't Ask To Be Born: But I'm Glad I Was' at the Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 2, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Bill Cosby accepts the Impact Award for 'The Cosby Show' with (L-R) actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, presenter Stevie Wonder, actors Raven-Symone and Sabrina LeBeauf onstage at the 9th Annual TV Land Awards at the Javits Center on April 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 07: Host Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the 2011 Jackie Robinson Foundation awards gala atThe Waldorf=Astoria on March 7, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 14: Bill Cosby performs during the Screen Gems Presents The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Bill Cosby gestures to the crowd after throwing out the first pitch prior to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees on September 13, 2012 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 05: Bill Cosby hosts the Jackie Robinson Foundation Awards Gala at The Waldorf=Astoria on March 5, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 15: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby speaks onstage during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund hosted by Bill Cosby at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BHH)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Bill Cosby performs at the 7th annual 'Stand Up For Heroes' event at Madison Square Garden on November 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 22: Bill Cosby speaks during the 55th Anniversary of Ben's Chili Bowl on August 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 04: Dr. Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the The Jackie Robinson Foundation Annual Awards' Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for The Jackie Robinson Foundation)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26: Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby addresses the Press Room during the 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 10: Actor/comedian Bill Cosby performs onstage at Funny Or Die Clubhouse + Facebook Pop-Up HQ @ SXSW - Day 2 on March 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Comedian Bill Cosby attends 2014 American Comedy Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 26, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Melbourne, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
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Ironically, a stand-up comedy routine helped lead to Cosby’s swift public demise. During a 2014 show at a Philadelphia comedy club, Hannibal Buress performed a routine that accused Cosby of sexually assaulting women. A clip of the performance went viral, reigniting a firestorm of allegations from victims. Buress, who is known for his role on the TV show “Broad City” and recently appeared in the “Baywatch” movie reboot, told GQ magazine that he was not a “hero” for helping give voice to Cosby’s accusers — just a “decent guy.”
It’s possible Bill Cosby’s net worth hasn’t seen its last cash infusion from stand-up, though. In November 2016, his attorney filed a court motion stating that Cosby plans to resume his career when he’s cleared of all wrongdoing.
Cosby’s successful stand-up career opened the door for his television debut. For three seasons, Cosby starred in the show “I Spy,” which won a Golden Globe for best TV show in 1967. In 1969, he starred in “The Bill Cosby Show,” in which he portrayed gym teacher Chet Kincaid. Cosby also lent his voice to the character Fat Albert and hosted the animated program “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” from 1972 to 1985.
From 1984 to 1992, Cosby portrayed the character for which he is best known: Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” A smash hit, he won two Best Actor Golden Globes for his work on the series.
Cosby’s total profits from “The Cosby Show” are unknown, though its runaway success indicates that they were quite high. In 1990, NBC paid more than $2.6 million per episode to renew “The Cosby Show” for a seventh season, according to the Los Angeles Times. Forbes estimated that Cosby earned $4 million per month that same year from syndicated reruns of the show. In 1991, NBC paid $2 million per episode for season eight of “The Cosby Show.”
Reruns continued to air on TV Land until November 2014 and BET’s Centric network until July 2015. Cosby continued to make millions from his eponymous sitcom until it was pulled from television lineups, according to Forbes.
“The Cosby Show” alumnus Geoffrey Owens made headlines in September when he was reported to be working at a Trader Joe’s grocery store in New Jersey. Owens, who played Elvin Tibideaux from 1985 to 1992, said that the Cosby scandal impacted him financially, People magazine reported: He had previously been receiving royalties from “The Cosby Show.” After the show’s reruns were pulled from syndication, Owens took the grocery job. Actor and director Tyler Perry responded to the news by offering Owens a job via Twitter.
In April 2018, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of aggravated sexual assault charges brought by Andrea Constand in a Montgomery County, Penn., courtroom. The former director of the Temple University women’s basketball team, Constand accused Cosby of inviting her to his home in 2004, where she says he drugged and molested her. Cosby admitted to the sexual encounter but claimed it was consensual.
Cosby will also soon face a civil case in California. This case is brought by Judy Huth, who alleges Cosby sexually attacked her in 1974 at the home of Hugh Hefner. California’s former statute of limitations have passed on Huth’s claims; however, she was able to file the lawsuit in 2014 because she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident. The case is set to begin on Dec. 3, 2018.