Cosby Team’s Strategy: Hush Accusers, Insult Them, Blame the Media

Lorne Manly and Graham Bowley, New York Times, December 29, 2014

In 2005, when Tamara Green told the “Today” show and The Philadelphia Inquirer that Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the early 1970s, one of Mr. Cosby’s lawyers publicly branded the allegations “absolutely false,” while his aides approached another newspaper with “damaging information” about her, according to court documents.

Five years earlier, after an actress on Mr. Cosby’s TV series “Cosby” told the police that he had tried to put her hand down his sweatpants at his New York townhouse, Mr. Cosby’s lawyers threatened The National Enquirer with a $250 million defamation suit for publishing detailed comments about the incident by the woman’s relatives.

And when Mr. Cosby acknowledged an extramarital affair in a 1997 interview with Dan Rather, his agent telephoned the president of CBS Entertainment to demand that the segment not air on “60 Minutes” as planned. It did not, although CBS News said the decision had nothing to do with the call.

As accusations of sexual assault continue to mount against Mr. Cosby–more than two dozen women have gone public, the latest last Monday–the question arises as to why these stories never sparked a widespread outcry before. While many of the women say they never filed police complaints or went public because they feared damaging their reputations or careers, the aggressive legal and media strategy mounted by Mr. Cosby and his team may also have played a significant role.

An examination of how the team has dealt with scandals over the past two decades and into this fall reveals an organized and expensive effort that involved quashing accusations as they emerged while raising questions about the accusers’ character and motives, both publicly and surreptitiously. And the team has never been shy about blasting the news media for engaging in a feeding frenzy even as the team made deals or slipped the news organizations information that would cast Mr. Cosby’s accusers in a negative light.

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During this recent spate of accusations, the Cosby team has suggested that the proliferation of accounts is itself a reason to distrust them and has pointed to apparent inconsistencies in some of the women’s stories. It has also systematically directed its ire at the news media, which it claims is engaged in a blind rush to judgment against a man who has never been convicted or charged. {snip}

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But casting doubt on or aiming vitriol at the accusers can have consequences.

In 2005, when Mr. Cosby’s team denied Tamara Green’s accusations that he had drugged and sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, she did not pursue legal action. But this month she was ready to fight back. Mr. Cosby’s team had greeted her renewed claim of sexual assault by saying it was “a 10-year discredited accusation that proved to be nothing at the time, and is still nothing.” On Dec. 10, Ms. Green filed a defamation suit against Mr. Cosby, saying the denials basically branded her a liar.

“I want it put to a jury,” Ms. Green said earlier this month. “I want it ended, finally. I want my name restored.”

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  • John Smith

    With the recent attacks on police now spreading to other states and the black mob violence spreading like wildfire everywhere, what a clever way for the absolute vermin in the anti-white media cabal to distract the millions of white lemmings.

    I wish the anti-white media cabal would give as many details about the attacks on police and the black mob violence as they have to that pervert Cosby.

    But they wont. They didn’t even cover the case of the black police officer that punched a black woman in the face in the back of his patrol car. It was even caught on camera.

    The anti-white media cabal is enemy occupied territory.

    They are saving their gasoline and matches for the next (white) police officer that (justifiably) defends himself.

    • Bryce Armstrong

      A sad lesson I’ve learned is that its not just the media cabal that silences dissent average citizens don’t like people reporting negative things about celebrities either. “Its none of our business” they say. Just try going on a message board and talking bad about Michael Jackson for instance.

      • John Smith

        Fair enough.

        But who is the biggest culprit that has been driving this insane atmosphere of PC dogma that has been slowly fermenting for decades?

        IMO, it is the filthy creatures who run the anti-white media cabal.

        Instead of a bunch of supposedly “independent” newspapers, magazines outlets all behaving “independently”, it is as if there is only one entity that decides:

        1) which news stories to ignore
        2) which news stories to report on
        3) most important, HOW to cover news stories deemed worthy

        Obviously there are isolated exceptions. But generally speaking, the statistical probability off all the supposedly “independent” newspapers, magazines, outlets all behaving in the same uniform manner regarding whether to cover (or ignore) an important news story is virtually zero.

        The anti-white media cabal is subversive and destructive. It becomes more obvious to us now as each week passes.

        • Bryce Armstrong

          I’m not arguing, there is much truth to what you say. All I’m saying is that they media has a sympathetic audience at best or willing accomplice at worst.

      • Ghost

        Q: What does Michael Jackson and Kmart have in common?
        A: They both have boys pants half off!

        I caused an uproar all over the net with that one when that pedo faggot died.

        • Bryce Armstrong

          Farrah Fawcett goes to Heaven, and God grants her one wish for spending her life saving children.

          She says,”take care of all the little children, keep them safe from harm.”

          So God KILLED Michael Jackson.

    • Daniel McGrath

      I’m relishing the destruction of the Muk Dik fraud.

      He appears to be truly sick bastard. I’m waiting for an OD case to show up. Women who vanish after drinking those Huxtable prescriptions.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        “Women who vanish after drinking those Huxtable prescriptions.”

        I wondered the same thing: If there are bodies somewhere of those who didn’t react well to whatever it was Cosby was drugging them with.

        I can honestly say I never liked this phony pretending be a doctor and faithful husband on TV – a completely inaccurate portrayal – fooling million of Americans – while in the real world he was a predatory, serial rapist.

        He was used by the media to “prove” that blacks are not only “just like us” – but better than us.

        Turns out Cosby was just another black criminal rapist who targeted mostly White women.

        Former model Jewel Allison told The Daily News that in the late 1980s Cosby invited her to dinner at his home, where he poured her a possibly drugged glass of wine and forced her to fondle him before putting her — sick and vomiting — in a cab.

        ‘We may be looking at America’s greatest serial rapist that ever got away with this for the longest amount of time,’ Allison told The Daily News. ‘He got away with it because he was hiding behind the image of Cliff Huxtable….There’s no such thing as America’s Dad. There’s just a man named Bill Cosby. He’s a very sick sociopath.’

        “Bill Cosby Accuser Beth Ferrier Says She Lost ‘Everything’ After Going Public in 2006”

        http //www people com/article/beth-ferrier-bill-cosby-sexual-assault-rape-accuser-lost-everything

        • refocus

          I can honestly say I never liked this phony- pretending be a doctor and faithful husband on TV – a completely inaccurate portrayal – fooling million of Americans – while in the real world he was a predatory, serial rapist. He was used by the media to “prove” that blacks are not only “just like us” – but better than us.

          Several east European women have told me that they learned about the Black race from American TV programs (which they somehow thought were documentaries). And that in many if not most cases the blacks were better people and more intelligent than most of the whites they knew.

          If I remember correctly, in the mid eighties, Instauration reported that Cosby Show was the most popular TV show in South Africa.

  • MekongDelta69

    Most of ‘Huxtable’s victims were White.

    Wonder why?
    [Rhetorical question]

    • B.A_2014

      I’m not going to jump to conclusions. Just because he is black, doesn’t mean he is guilty. I’ve seen worse cases personally.

      • NoMosqueHere

        More than two dozen women have accused Cosby of rape or sexual battery. Why would they all lie? They probably cannot sue him civilly for big bucks since the various statutes of limitations have lapsed.

        • B.A_2014

          Look up Paul McCartneys assistant.

      • bilderbuster

        Because he’s Black, I’m inclined to give the White women the benefit of the doubt.

  • johningermany

    Bill Cosby should shut his filthy, creepy mouth and thank God he’s not doing life in prison.What a 2 faced piece of s–t he is.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Life at the end of a rope would’ve been better. But someone may still deal out some street justice to him (and O.J. Simpson) yet.

  • MartelsGhost

    Isolate, ridicule, marginalize, threaten, then claim victim status…………..Alinsky 2.0?

    While I am saving any judgment about his “alleged” crimes, his actions in regards to the allegations are troubling to say the least.

    That’s not giving any credit to the side of the accusers who in their infinite wisdom decided to hire Gloria Alred but it does look very suspicious.

    A man with nothing to hide, generally doesn’t.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Cosby is a sick, perverted sexual predator who drugged women until they were unconscious and then raped them.

    He wasn’t above throwing his own daughter under the bus to protect his “America’s Dad” reputation:

    A former National Enquirer reporter claims Bill Cosby leaked a story to the publication in 1989 about his daughter’s drug abuse as a trade for a story they were holding about an alleged sex scandal involving the comedian.

    When the Enquirer contacted Mr. Cosby for comment, he allegedly handed them a story about his then-23-year-old daughter Erinn’s battle with drug and alcohol abuse as a trade, The Post reported.

    Bill Clinton used the same “scorched earth” policy, “nuts and sluts,” to discredit and destroy his accusers

  • LHathaway

    I just hope Bill Cosby becomes a supreme court justice too. Can Obama appoint him?

    • Reynardine

      No, no, Obama is going to appoint him to the armed forces rape committee.

  • bigred0721

    Those same tactics worked for Bill Clinton, why not Bill Cosby?