Cosby, 77, has been publicly accused by 18 women of sexually assaulting them or attempting to sexually assault them over the past four decades. His lawyers have denied the claims and called many of the women liars and opportunists.
Now New York Post columnist Richard Johnson
says a source working for the National Enquirer in 1989 was about to run a story about the comedian“swinging with Sammy Davis Jr and some showgirls in Las Vegas”. When Cosby was contacted for comment on the story, the reporter claims the comedian offered the publication a different story as part of a trade. The story concerned Cosby’s 23-year-old daughter daughter Erinn’s addiction battles.
“My editor told me that daddy Cosby was the source,” the source told Johnson. “He ratted out his flesh and blood.”
Cosby was also quoted in the item saying: “Deep down inside, she knows we love her.”
Up until recently, big donations to colleges and other institutions had been a key part of Cosby’s rosy public image — but the rising tide of allegations made by women accusing him of sexual assault is threatening to overshadow his generosity.
North Carolina’s High Point University has removed the 77-year-old entertainer from its National Board of Advisers, a panel that includes retired General Colin Powell.
The university referred to Cosby as “one of the most influential performers of our time” when it announced his appointment last July.
The Berklee College of Music said in a statement that it is “no longer awarding an online scholarship in Mr Cosby’s name”.
No institutions have publicly renounced any of the tens of millions of dollars that Cosby and his wife, Camille, have given over the years, or rejected new donations.
“I don’t want to belittle the implications of the accusations, but nothing has been proven and he has not been charged,” said Michael Chatman, a philanthropy expert and founder of a speakers’ bureau on the field.
Recipients of Cosby largesse are likely to adopt a wait-and-see attitude because of that, he said.