Story About Raven-Symoné Filing Molestation Charges Against Bill Cosby Is a Hoax

International Business Times and others get fooled... badly.
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As if the allegations bombarding comedy legend Bill Cosby hadn't murdered your childhood enough, there's a story rocketing around the social-media-assisted internet alleging that actress Raven-Symoné has filed charges against her former TV granddad. Already picked up by the International Business Times and many smaller websites, and retweeted (then deleted) by Roseanne Barr, the story originates from a website called HipHopHangover.com, and mixed fabricated quotes and content with real news:

Another rape allegation has surfaced against famed comedian and actor, Bill Cosby. This time it is from a familiar face which speculates that there may be some truth to Cosby's sketchy past.

Actress and singer Raven-Symone, who rose to fame with Cosby in the hit television sitcom "The Cosby Show", revealed to the TMZ offices that she too had been raped and drugged years ago following the shows last episode.

There are whispers that Cosby wouldn't allow Raven-Symone in the production of the last season of his show, but abruptly changed his mind. It was never revealed what changed his original intentions.

Her lawyer gave an announcement to the press, here is an excerpt:

"...we among so many others are tired of the media worshipping and praising a man that has a past so terrible that it is unbelievable. My client (Raven-Symone) is also ready to tell her side of the story. A side that was kept quiet because of threats from being blackballed. There was no monetary compensation that made my client keep quiet, but more so the respect for Mr. Cosby. Well that respect has come to an end. And what we thought was a mistake or anomaly has surfaced to become a lifestyle. We will be pursuing damages that are not going to be disclosed at this time."

On Sunday, Cosby’s attorney issued a statement saying the accusers are rehashing “decade-old, discredited” allegations.

The post has caught fire on social media, garnering over a hundred thousand Facebook likes and countless retweets..
Fortunately. in this case, the story is a hoax. The site is one of those National Report-style "parody" sites that doesn't actually read like parody, unless you check out their "About/Disclaimer" page:

Hip Hop Hangover is a Gossip parody and satirical publication and for entertainment purposes only. Hip Hop Hangover is not intended for readers under 18 years of age.Hip Hop Hangover will use made up names in its posts except when public figures are satirized; Any use of real names is accidental and coincidental. FURTHER, TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING LOST PROFITS) RELATED TO THE WEBSITE REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF ACTION WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), OR OTHERWISE, EVEN IF WE HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.

If you feel in anyway that the content is defaming or offensive please contact us. Hiphophangover publishes submitted content from writers and they are responsible for their own work.

Unfortunately, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.

In related news, though, those stories about Don Lemon asking one of Cosby's accusers why she didn't just bite his dick off? Those are absolutely true.