A former model revealed Sunday that she was sexually abused by Bill Cosby in late 1980s, the New York Daily News reported. The accusation comes after Frank Scotti, a former NBC employee and the comedian's friend, claimed he had given money to several women to cover up the 77-year-old's actions.
Jewel Allison reportedly said that she was introduced to Cosby by an agent, Sue Charney, who reportedly has links with model Janice Dickinson. Allison reportedly said that she was invited by the actor for dinner following which she was sexually abused. Dickinson is among many who have recently claimed to have been drugged and raped by Cosby.
“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 last week. “He got away with it because he was hiding behind the image of Cliff Huxtable,” she reportedly said, referring to his patriarch character from “'The Cosby Show.'”
In an interview with the Daily News, Scotti said he made monthly payments to nearly eight women on behalf of Cosby and also stood guard outside Cosby’s dressing room when he was with a woman. Scotti, who worked as a facility manager for the NBC Studio in Brooklyn where “The Cosby Show” was filmed, also provided the Daily News with copies of receipts of money paid to four women alleging that Cosby asked him to use his name on them.
Scotti reportedly said that he felt “sorry” for the women who have alleged that Cosby raped and drugged them, and decided to speak up about the actor’s actions. “I did a lot of crazy things for him,” Scotti said, according to Daily News. “He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later.
“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti reportedly asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”
Cosby had paid more than $100,000 to Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson claimed that Cosby was her father, the Daily News reported.
Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer, who has criticized the many rape claims against the actor, reportedly denied Scotti’s allegations.
“What evidence does he have of Mr. Cosby’s involvement?” Singer said, according to the Daily News. “How would Scotti know if a woman was a model or a secretary? It appears that his story is pure speculation so that he can get his 15 minutes of fame.”
Several rape allegations against Cosby have resurfaced in recent weeks but the actor has not clearly addressed any of them. However, in an interview with Florida Today on Friday, the actor spoke up about his silence over the allegations.
"I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn't have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn't have to go through that and shouldn't answer to innuendos,” Cosby told Florida Today.