A former NBC employee and Bill Cosby confidante has claimed to the New York Daily News that he acted as a cover-up for the comedian as he slept with women and paid them off.
Several women have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Some of the accusations were made years ago, and some are more recent.
The accusations have received renewed attention since a comedian called Cosby a rapist during a taped set that went viral.
Frank Scotti, 90, who worked for the studio where “The Cosby Show” was filmed from 1984 to 1992, told the Daily News that he took out money orders in his name to pay women who he suspects Cosby had slept with. Scotti also alleges that he would stand guard at Cosby’s dressing room while he met with young models.
Cosby would reportedly claim he was “interviewing” the young models for parts in his show.
He allegedly had a deal with a Manhattan modelling agency that would stop by the set with several girls at once. Cosby would then take his pick, Scotti said.
“The owner [of the agency] just walked right out,” Scotti told the Daily News. “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.”
Scotti provided signed memorabilia and photographs of himself and Cosby to the Daily News. He also showed receipts for money orders with the names of women on them — at least one of whom recently stepped forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault.
Cosby’s accusers have said that the comedian lured them in with promises of career help and mentorship, then gave them pills to make them immobile so he could assault them. The allegations span decades — some dating back to 1969 and one as recent as 2004.
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.