Last week we posed the question of whether Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster would remove the picture of himself, and city administrator Donna Owens, posing with embattled comedian Bill Cosby on the city's website.
Cosby posed backstage with Dyster and Owens during an appearance at the Seneca Niagara Casino on August 4, 2010 and Dyster displays the photo on the city's photo gallery page (http://www.niagarafallsusa.org/Gallery.cfm).
With stories emerging almost daily about Cosby possibly drugging and raping women, many people distanced themselves from the star; his new show was canceled, reruns of old shows pulled off the air and concert dates canceled. Naturally we wondered if Dyster would follow suit. As of press time, the photo is still posted on the city's website where it takes a prominent position near other photos of the Mayor, such as the Mayor welcoming the Stanley Cup and the Mayor with Niagara Falls Charter School 2nd grade class.
As of press time., Cosby has not been charged with any crime. No lawsuit by any of the women who allege Cosby drugged and sexually abused them has been adjudicated in any woman's favor. Cosby is innocent until proven guilty.
Standing next to Dyster and Owens, he looks as innocent as a new born lamb.