Bill Cosby was accused of sexual assault many times over the years and even settled with one accuser in 2006, according to Biography. Still, most fans didn’t have any ill will toward the star afterward. His behavior stayed somewhat under the radar until comedian Hannibal Buress mentioned in a 2014 stand-up routine that the former “Cosby Show” star was known for raping women. Before long, a string of women began revealing that the actor forced himself upon them without their consent. Supermodel Janice Dickinson told “Entertainment Tonight” that he plied her with wine and a pill before assaulting her. It went downhill from there.

In 2015, additional women opened up about being raped by Cosby, with New York Magazine interviewing 35 of them. Several of the accusers filed lawsuits against the star. Eventually, 60 women had come forward and accused Cosby of sexual assault, according to USA Today. 

In 2016, a Pennsylvania judge decreed that there was enough evidence for a criminal trial, for which the jury deadlocked in June 2017, resulting in a mistrial. There was a retrial in 2018, and Cosby was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, receiving a three- to 10-year sentence for assaulting a Philadelphia woman in 2004. Cosby has denied all the allegations. In 2019, he claimed in an interview that he would rather stay in prison for a decade then admit to something he didn’t do.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Film mogul Harvey Weinstein is in prison based on the allegations of just two people, Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, even though dozens of women (a whopping 87, according to USA Today) spoke out about the sexual abuse they experienced at his hands over the years. Weinstein was arrested in New York and charged with rape, committing a criminal sex act, sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct, in 2018, according to Biography. Investigators in California and London were also targeting the producer for sex crimes.

Before he went to trial, Weinstein posted $1 million bail and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor. He was later indicted on charges of rape in the first and third degrees, a first-degree criminal sexual act, and other felony sex charges. The entire time, Weinstein refuted the charges and indicated that the women were willing participants in his sexual conquests. At one point during the investigation, a spokeswoman told USA Today, “Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein.”

In 2020, the producer was found guilty of committing a criminal sexual act against Haley and rape in the third degree. He was found not guilty of predatory sexual assault and rape in the first degree against Mann. Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison and is a registered sex offender.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).

Pistorius¬†is also known as the “Blade Runner.” Both of his legs were amputated when he was an infant, and he started running as a teenager. He won a gold medal during the 2004 Athens Paralympics, according to Biography. In 2012, he started running against non-disabled athletes and was the first amputee to compete in Olympic track events.