With all the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby’s upcoming show at Budweiser Gardens, a local law firm chose to reach out the comedian with an offer they hoped he couldn’t refuse.
Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers in London offered to perform a polygraph exam on Cosby, more commonly known as a lie-detector test, free of charge.
According to law firm partner Rob Talach, the idea for the test came after seeing the impact Cosby’s impending presence was having on the people of London.
“There’s clearly been a public uproar he needs to respond to,” he said. “The Ontario reaction to his upcoming shows tells us how everything is being handled currently just isn’t working.”
Regardless, Cosby won’t be making an appearance at the 630 Richmond Street office.
“We sent the request through to Budweiser Gardens to forward on to his promoter, who we heard back from this morning.” Talach explained, though he didn’t personally take the call, the promoter’s answer was clear. “The message I got was that they declared the action as despicable and they wouldn’t be passing it on.”
In a press release, the firm stated the intention of the offer was to provide a reliable and relatively rapid means of adjudicating the matter in order to import both clarity and procedural fairness to the situation.
“We felt the test could help clear the air and help bring some clarity to the situation, whichever way that may be,” said Talach. “We’re not out chasing every case in Canada, but this is coming to our city, in our backyard, and a number of Londoners including the mayor have expressed concern about these shows.”
The firm had retained an Ontario certified polygraph examiner who had formerly served as a polygraph examiner for a municipal police force, which included experience testing subjects in sexual assault investigations.
For Talach, the test was more about giving the public piece of mind, something that won’t be coming from the American justice system due to the statute of limitations, meaning many of the allegations against Cosby will never be seen in the courts.
“There’s a void out there, it’s frustrating for the general public,” he said. “For everybody involved, the best thing he could do right now would be to take a polygraph. The fact is, things have gotten to the point where there needs to be a response from him.”