HISTORY: Rape and the Music Industry

Regardless of why this has emerged as big news yet again, it is extremely important that it has. The rich and powerful shouldn’t be allowed to duck a tide of rape allegations, and that includes beloved, family-friendly household names.

Bill Cosby isn’t the only famous man who has been accused of sexual assault, rape, or violence against women. There’s been a lot of the in the music industry – dead and alive – who escaped justice from the law. Most of them are today remembered for other good reasons whilst their evil deeds remain under wraps.


Mike Tyson is a convicted rapist, and he now stars as a loveable cartoon TV detective. Roman Polanski raped a 13-year-old and has since won an Oscar to a standing ovation. Sean Connery is the celebrated embodiment of rugged cool, who has openly championed beating women in order to keep ’em in line. The list goes on and on.

Bill Murray has been accused by his ex-wife of repeated, brutal physical abuse. Rick James was arrested for torturing and sexually abusing a woman for three days straight, only to have his image rehabilitated by Dave Chappelle years later. John Lennon is one of the most worshiped artists who has ever drawn breath, and he has copped to battering the shit out of women.


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