On May 2, the New York Times reported that in 2013 the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders were sent to Costa Rica for a calendar photo shoot where they were forced to pose topless in front of men against their will.
On May 4, 2018 Rachel Gill and Charo Bishop who were also Redskins cheerleading squad during that time and were on that trip spoke out and refuted the claims. “All optional. Voluntary,” Bishop said. “Some girls were excited to do those things. In terms of being an escort, that was never a perception I had. I think that being friendly and receptive and welcoming to sponsors is completely different than being an escort.” Gill then added, “Those terms ‘pimped out,’ ‘escort,’ they just need to stop because it’s absolutely not what happened,” she said.
Redskins president Bruce Allen released a statement saying, “Based on the dialogue we’ve had with a number of current and former cheerleaders over the past 48 hours, we’ve heard very different first-hand accounts that directly contradict many of the details of the May 2 article.”
Public outcry has been mostly one sided as these accusations happened to bubble up right after the Cosby trial where several women accused the star of drugging and raping them. He was found guilty as we all know. There is a difference between being sexually assaulted (intentionally making physical contact with the intimate parts of the body of another person without consent) and being pissed off at an inconsiderate employer. I tend to believe that the woman that complained suffered from buyer’s remorse which is not a crime punishable by the law. This crime can be and often is punishable in the court of public opinion and the justice delivered out isn’t always fair but is always decisive and final.