As the list of women accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault continues to grow, a former NBC employee has stepped forward to tell his stories of past dealings with Cosby. Frank Scotti, who is now 90 years old, used to work with Cosby as a facilities manager for the Brooklyn NBC Studio where “The Cosby Show” was made before a live studio audience. Scotti said that he arranged for monthly payments and more, in 1989 and 1990, for eight women. The show ran from 1984 to 1992. Some women received as much as $2,000 a month, according to a New York Daily News report on Sunday.
Scotti claims that he assisted Cosby in delivering thousands of dollars to the eight different women in the two year span, including Shawn Thompson. Shawn Thompson’s daughter Autumn Jackson has claimed in the past that Bill Cosby is her father. In that case, Cosby denied paternity, but it has been reported that he paid out more than $100,000 to Thompson after their affair which began in 1974. The veteran NBC employee also asserts that he would stand guard whenever Cosby invited young models to his dressing room. Cosby would meet with models, as young as 16 years old, according to Scotti. Cosby told Scotti that they were being considered for parts on the show. That part of his duties for Cosby led to him eventually quitting his job after having been an NBC aide for years, says a Hollywood Reporter report on Sunday.
Scotti believes that Cosby was having sexual relations with all of the women who were receiving money. Scotti claims he has done a lot of crazy things for Cosby. But, now, after all these years, he has decided to speak out. He has spoken out as the sexual abuse allegations against 77-year-old Cosby have continued to escalate. Scotti said he was suspicious that something was going on between Cosby and all the women he was paying because one of the women was Thompson, and he knew that Cosby was having sex with her.
Scotti said that Cosby would give him $100 bills in a satchel. Cosby would press him to distribute the payments using money orders in Scotti’s name. Scotti now says that the comedian was covering himself by having his name on it. He now says, “It was a cover-up. I realized it later.”
Cosby and Scotti met in the 1970s when Cosby was a stand-up comedian and their relationship lasted through Scotti’s retirement in the 1990s. Martin Singer, Cosby’s lawyer, has responded to Scotti’s claims. He says that Scotti has no proof. He asked, “How would Scotti know if a woman was a model or a secretary?” He calls the claims pure speculation given in an effort for Scotti to get his “15 minutes of fame,” says Yahoo! News.