P.K. Subban

Bill Cosby trial notebook: The tint of celebrity, and a window into another Hollywood

Bill Cosby trial notebook: The tint of celebrity, and a window into another Hollywood

Celebrity is a funny animal. Harnessing its power, total strangers can make us buy a movie ticket, stream a TV show, suffer a vicarious heartbreak or embark on a late-night shopping binge for GMO-free bath soaps.

But it can also, in certain cases, be turned against itself — can be what might be described as a self-cannibalizing force. Covering the sexual-assault trial of Bill Cosby at this suburban Philadelphia courthouse over the last week, I’ve been regularly treated to how celebrity can be unleashed in this...

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