Today’s announcement that Bill Cosby was to be charged with aggravated indecent assault,” was shocking, not the charge itself, but because the law finally caught up with him. Once “America’s Dad,” Bill Cosby’s reputation was destroyed in recent years due to public accusations he raped, drugged, and/or sexually assaulted at least 50 women since 1965. During that time, Cosby has faced lawsuits based on the accusations, but is now facing criminal charges for the first time.
Don’t be surprised if more prosecutors announce more charges. Throughout his career Cosby settled other lawsuits surrounding a possible sexual assault, each without admitting any crime. During the years the comedian was filming The Cosby Show, claims didn’t need to reach a courtroom, NBC had an employee whose job was to “handle” those issues for him
According to Frank Scotti he was the one who guarded the outside Bill Cosby’s dressing room, sent hush money to women and even arraigned for the star to have a private apartment in Queens for another pretty young lady. He was the mega-star’s fixer.
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Scotti came forward in November 2014 to speak about Cosby’s womanizing during the 1984-92 run of hit TV show, “The Cosby Show.”
The 90-year-old Scotti said he decided to speak as the drumbeat of sexual abuse allegations against Cosby, 77, grew steadily louder. “I felt sorry for the women,” he told The News.
The Emmy-winning Cosby, NBC’s most bankable star at the time, used Scotti to deliver monthly payouts to eight different women in 1989-90 — including Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson claimed the actor was her dad.
Thompson told the TV show “Inside Edition’’ that she believed that the entertainer drugged and raped her coincidently nine months before she gave birth to her daughter. Years later, her daughter Autumn was convicted of threatening to tell her story a supermarket tabloid if Cosby didn’t pay her off.
Cosby, while denying paternity, paid out more than $100,000 to Thompson over the years after the 1974 incident.
Scotti told The Daily News that he believes Cosby was sleeping with all the women who received money.
“I was suspicious that something was going on,” said Scotti. “I suspected that he was having sex with them because the other person he was sending money to (Thompson) he was definitely having sex with.
“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”
Scotti, who lives in Lakewood, N.J., saved copies of money orders from the era detailing his payouts to four of the Cosby women.
He recalled Cosby presenting him with “a satchel of money, all $100 bills,” and pressing Scotti to distribute the payments using money orders in his own name.
Many of the women mentioned by Scotti refused to comment on his report.
Thompson, contacted last week by email, refused to comment on the ongoing Cosby sex scandal and stopped writing once Scotti’s name was mentioned.
A second woman said “Dr. Cosby” sent her money to help cover expenses for her son to attend private school. The receipts showed her receiving four money orders in one day worth $3,500.
“Your source could have asked me, instead of leading you on a witch hunt,” the woman texted The News. “Not that any of this is your business.”
Cosby, via Scotti, passed along an additional $1,560 to a third woman in February 1990.
One however confirmed Scotti’s story.
Angela Leslie, now 52, was the last name on the receipts — and she told The News the Cosby camp paid for her to fly to California in the early 1990s. She got sick and returned her ticket but saw him two years later in Las Vegas.
- Angela Leslie
After a driver delivered her to the hotel, she checked into her room before Cosby summoned Leslie to his place. At their meeting Leslie told Cosby that she wanted to be an actress.
“If you want to act, show me what you’ve got. Pretend you’re intoxicated,” she recalled he demanded.
The egotistical comedian then poured Leslie a stiff drink and told her to act like she was blasted on booze.
“I couldn’t drink it,” she recounted. “I tasted it and put it down. Then he asked me to go into the bathroom and wet my hair. . . . I walked back out, and he had removed his clothing and gotten into bed.”
Cosby began rubbing against the actress before pouring lotion into her palm and pulling her hand under the blankets.
“With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis,” she said. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock.”
Mr. Scotti also explained there was a modeling agency feeding girls to the comedian’s dressing room:
Scotti said Cosby also had an arrangement with a Manhattan modeling agency in which the owner would deliver young women to his dressing room. Some of the aspiring models were as young as 16, Scotti said.
“‘I want you to keep that one girl here,’” Scotti quoted Cosby as telling him. “‘I want to interview her for a part in the show.’”
The other models and the agency’s owner would quickly disappear, leaving Cosby’s pick alone with the comedian.
“The owner just walked right out,” he recounted. “She knew exactly what was going to go on. Then he’d tell me, ‘Stand outside the door and don’t let anyone in.’ Now you put that together and figure (out) why.”
As of this writing there are 55 women accusing, So many victims of alleged sexual assault, from many walks of life, are talking openly about their experiences. So far only one of the incidents have resulted in criminal prosecution. Perhaps most of them are past the statute of limitations for bringing rape cases to trial, but I suspect 54 other prosecutors are checking on that right now. Those that can be prosecuted probably will. Today’s charges filed in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania will motivate the prosecutorial search for the truth, and who knows, perhaps Mr. Scotti’s story will be used as evidence.