Sure, "trepidatious" might not be a word, per se.
But I am confident it is something that more than one very famous male actor is feeling right now, as they watch Bill Cosby go down in flames.
As in: seriously and deeply apprehensive about what the future might bring.
There are a few things we can be sure of right now, even if Cosby never faces a judge or jury:
1. Bill Cosby is a nasty piece of work, and very likely (was) a pedophile.
The pattern of behavior, finally brought to light after years of self-censorship by victims and callous disregard by the media and judicial system, is overwhelming and seemingly never-ending. Mr. Cosby is a serial rapist, and he did it by drugging young women, some of them less than 18 years old at the time.
2. Bill Cosby is an actor.
The roles he played were just that: roles. We are easily fooled into thinking of the people behind the roles as sharing characteristics of their characters, but that's just, well, foolish.
The whole point of being a great actor is that you can act really well. You can pretend to be someone else really convincingly. But they are still someone else and not the "real you."
3. Bill Cosby cannot be the only one.
That's where the trepidation comes in. Seriously, what's the chance that Cosby is the only famous, powerful, rich actor who has a long history of taking advantage of and raping women (and/or men, for that matter)?
There have got to be others, and they've got to be terrified that soon their victims will say "Enough!" and then the next deluge will begin.
So my advice to all those A-listers who are also serial rapists:
Lay low, lay really low. Do not provoke your victims. Do not laugh in their faces.
And then maybe you will be able to retire and fade into the sunset, so that your obituary will not be some variation of:
Funny Guy, Sure, But Also a Rapist