This past weekend brought more accusers and more denial from the 77-year-old star
Posted: 11/24/2014 09:00 AM EST
It’s been quite a weekend for Bill Cosby as the controversy and accusers continue to build around his sexual assault scandal. The star’s lawyer Martin Singer has denied any and all allegations against the 77-year-old comedian, stating that the “media vilification of Mr. Cosby [has] to stop.”
Unfortunately, this nightmare is far from over. Below are just some of the updates we’ve been tracking:
“Law & Order: SVU” actress Michelle Hurd has come forward with her personal account in dealing with Cosby while being a stand-in on “The Cosby Show.” In a Facebook post that’s since been deleted, the star described “weird acting exercises” in which Cosby would move his hands up and down her body. She was instructed to keep the “exercise” a secret as to not make any other actors jealous. Hurd said she dodged a bullet when Cosby asked her to come to his house to take a shower and blow dry her hair because he wanted to see it straight. She refused, opting to straighten it herself and show him the results the next day. Hurd said another actress, also doing stand-in work, admitted to going to Cosby’s house where he allegedly drugged her and sent her home in a cab.
Renita Chaney Hill is Cosby’s youngest accuser, claiming the star drugged and sexually assaulted her at age 15. She claims many of the incidents occurred in his hotel room after she worked on his educational TV program “Picture Pages.” Hill claims Cosby fed her cocktails laced with disabling drugs right before the assaults. “One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn’t like it,” she told CBS Pittsburgh. Hill alleges the incidents first took place when she was 15 and continued off and on for four years. Despite the lure of fame and financial security (the woman said Cosby was paying her college tuition), Hill stepped away from her dreams of becoming an actress because she could no longer endure the misconduct.
Actress/model Angela Leslie has her own claims of Cosby’s dirty deeds in a Las Vegas hotel in 1992. She told the New York Daily News he had his eye on her after she sent him a letter and photograph. Knowing her career aspirations, Leslie says Cosby called for an impromptu audition where she was to act as if she was intoxicated. He then offered her a “stiff drink,” but she refused to take it. She recalls: “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.” Leslie said Cosby made her get in bed and massage his penis with lotion, but because she wasn’t under the influence of any drugs, he grew tired of her and sent her away. She said Cosby never called her after the Las Vegas incident. Leslie added: “I just feel he’s been too quiet, not saying anything, not apologizing. He’s trying to pretend these girls are lying. It’s frustrating. He is that type of person, a predator. It doesn’t matter your age, he’s going to put his hands on you and degrade you.”
Ex-NBC employee Frank Scotti detailed his side of the story with the New York Daily News, claiming he paid off eight different women between 1989 and 1990. One payment included Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Thompson claimed the actor to be her father (Autumn was eventually sentenced to 26 months in jail for extortion). Shawn allegedly pocketed more than $100,000 for her affair with Cosby that began in 1974. “I was suspicious that something was going on,” Scotti told the Daily News. “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? He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?” In addition to delivering the money, Scotti said he stood guard while Cosby took aspiring models as young as 16 into his hotel rooms. “Then he’d tell me, ‘Stand outside the door and don’t let anyone in,'” Scooti said. “Now you put that together and figure [out] why.”
The Washington Post ran a detailed report about Cosby’s accusers, which included everyone from a comedy writer hoping to work with the star to a Playboy Playmate. The article also touches on wife Camille Cosby and accuser Andrea Constand’s 2005 lawsuit that initially set off red flags. Read the entire report here.
A talent manager for “Cosby Show” alum Lisa Bonet says a cryptic tweet supposedly aimed toward the embattled actor was nothing more than a hoax. The message was posted to an unverified account this weekend and retweeted more than 800 times. Manager Jillian Neal told TheWrap Sunday, “I can assure you that is not her Twitter account and I have had the account suspended.” The tweet posted Saturday read: “According to the karma of past actions, one’s destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky…Nothing stays in the dark 4ever!”
Throughout the scandal, Cosby has not backed down. The comedian took the stage in Melbourne, Florida on Friday night for a 90-minute set that ended in a standing ovation. The show could very well be one of his last as cancellations have plagued his upcoming tour schedule. Still, Cosby is defending his name. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos,” he told Florida Today. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Lawyer Martin Singer released yet another statement on the matter, calling the stories “unsubstantiated.”He wrote: “The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity. These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years. Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day. There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they allege they had been sexually assaulted. This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards. Over and over again, we have refuted these new unsubstantiated stories with documentary evidence, only to have a new uncorroborated story crop up out of the woodwork. When will it end? It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”