A former NBC employee is claiming he helped Bill Cosby funnel thousands of dollars to women during “The Cosby Show’s” eight-season run.
“He had everybody fooled,” 90-year-old Frank Scotti told the New York Daily News in an interview published Sunday.
Scotti worked as a facilities manager at the Brooklyn studios where “The Cosby Show” was taped. The ex-NBC worker told the Daily News he served as a “fixer” and would have young women brought to Cosby’s dressing room.
Scotti claims Cosby arranged the meetings through a modeling agency. The owner would then reportedly bring the so-called “models” to the show’s Brooklyn offices and let Cosby pick the girl he wanted to spend time with. Scotti alleges some of the girls were as young as 16.
Once they were inside Cosby’s dressing room, Scotti claims he stood guard to make sure they weren’t disturbed.
“He’d tell me, ‘Stand outside the door and don’t let anyone in.’ Now you put that together and figure (out) why,” he said.
Scotti also claimed Cosby would put the women up in apartments and give them as much as $2,000 a month.
One woman, Shawn Thompson, whose daughter Autumn Jackson alleged that Cosby was her father, reportedly got $100,000 following the 1974 start of their alleged affair.
Cosby denied the paternity claim, but still reportedly paid Thompson more than $100,000. Scotti went on to tell the Daily News he believes Cosby was sleeping with all the women who received money.
“I was suspicious that something was going on,” said Scotti. “I suspected that he was having sex with them because the other person he was sending money to (Thompson) he was definitely having sex with.
“Why else would he be sending money?” Scotti asked. “He was sending these women $2,000 a month. What else could I think?”
Scotti, who lives in Lakewood, N.J., showed the paper what he said were copies of money orders from his payouts to four women for
Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.