*After weeks of sexual abuse and drugging allegations, Bill Cosby is getting things together to dig up as much dirt as he can on his accusers.
The New York Post reports the comedian is paying six-figure fees to hire private investigators to find information that might discredit his alleged victims. The effort, which is being done through Cosby’s attorney Martin Singer, is part of a scorched-earth strategy in which anything negative in his accusers’ pasts is fair game, multiple sources confirmed to the newspaper.
According to a source, at least one Glendale, Calif.-based firm with a half-dozen former LAPD detectives on staff is working for Cosby.
“If you’re going to say to the world that I did this to you, then the world needs to know, ‘What kind of person are you? Who is this person that’s saying it?’ ” Cosby told his legal and public-relations team at a recent meeting, according to an insider who was present.
“You can’t say that I put something in your coffee, threw you in a cab and then you go on and live a high-profile life, a famous life and you never complain,” Cosby said in reference to Beverly Johnson. The supermodel is accusing Cosby of drugging her cappuccino during a visit to his home in the 1980s.
“You mean you never reported it to the police? You never tell anyone?” the source said. “The strategy isn’t new and it’s quite simple: You say I’m a bad guy, well, let’s see what gives you the right to throw a stone at my house when your home is also made of glass.”
Cosby’s alleged legal strategy has been confirmed by another source, who admitted to the post that “It’s sort of worked to some degree already.”
“They were able to find out information about Beverly Johnson’s boyfriend who said she only had good things to say about Cosby,” the source, who has worked with Cosby for at least 10 years, told the Post. “We found out that Beverly never told her live-in lover of several years what she’s now telling the media and we found that to be strange.”
From the looks of it, the investigators didn’t have any problem digging up details as the insider stated that they immediately found Internet posts in which McKee allegedly praised Cosby’s stand-up comedy act and wrote favorably about him, in addition to a published interview in which she said she is “used to lying.”
Although he kept silent on the hiring of the private detectives, Singer did say that Cosby hasn’t been able to rely on the media to be fair.