A new TV special delves into the secret life of Bill Cosby to explore the downfall of the onetime popular culture icon who became known as “America’s Dad.”
Investigation Discovery will premiere the one-hour special, “Bill Cosby: An American Scandal,” on Monday, June 5. The program is being presented in partnership with AMI, Weinstein Television and Jupiter Entertainment.
“For more than five decades Bill Cosby warmed the hearts of fans nationwide through his comedy shows, his enduring hit television series ‘The Cosby Show’ and his notable charitable works,” ID says in an announcement for the show. “But is it possible there was something more sinister lurking behind his wit, charm and generosity? In one of the most stunning recent reversals in public life, more than 50 women have come forward in recent years with allegations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.”
The telecast comes as Cosby is about to stand trial for the alleged 2004 assault of Andrea Constand.
Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America and American Heroes Channel, says in the announcement: “Dr. Cliff Huxtable — a doting father living a perfect, suburban life — appears to be a far cry from the picture painted by Bill Cosby’s accusers, Between the upcoming trial and the inevitable verdict in the court of public opinion, our viewers and, indeed, all of his fans, want to know if we adored a man who was secretly a monster.”
The program features interviews with some of Cosby’s alleged victims, including actress and artist Lili Bernard, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her while preparing for a guest role on “The Cosby Show” in the 1990s.
Other notable interviews featured in “Bill Cosby: An American Scandal” include:
- Shawn Brown, former girlfriend of Bill Cosby
- Gloria Allred, attorney currently representing 33 Cosby accusers
- Chuck Vinson, director, The Cosby Show
- Ronald L. Smith, Cosby biographer
- Manuel Roig-Franzia, reporter, The Washington Post
- Beth Karas, legal analyst
- Dr. Judy Kuriansky, clinical psychologist
- Mark Ebner, investigative journalist
- Dylan Howard, editor-in-chief, National Enquirer
- Jarrett Ferentino, attorney
“Bill Cosby: An American Scandal” is produced for Investigation Discovery by Weinstein Television, American Media, Inc., and Jupiter Entertainment with Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Patrick Reardon, Stephen Land, Allison Wallach, Matt Sprouse, David Pecker and Dylan Howard as executive producers. For Investigation Discovery, Pamela Deutsch is senior executive producer, Sara Kozak is senior vice president of production and Kevin Bennett is general manager.