Bill Cosby has been accused of leaking a story about his daughter’s battle with drink and drugs to bury reports about him “swinging with Sammy Davis Jr. and some showgirls in Las Vegas.”
Page Six reported claims that the National Enquirer was sold the story about the actor and comedian’s alleged partying in 1989, when The Cosby Show was topping TV ratings and its star had been crowned “America’s dad”.
A reporter who was at the Enquirer at the time claimed that when Cosby was contacted for a comment, he handed the paper a story about his daughter Erinn’s substance abuse. She was 23.
“My editor told me that daddy Cosby was the source. He ratted out his flesh and blood,” the reporter told Page Six.
In the subsequent story, he was quoted saying that the family “loved” his daughter but had to take a “very firm, very tough stand that forces her to realise that no one can fix things for her”.
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
Bill Cosby: Career in pictures
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Winner of his first Emmy for 'I Spy' is Bill Cosby being congratulated by his wife Camille held at Americana Hotel, 1966
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Bill Cosby in 'I Spy', 1960s
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Bill Cosby in July 1973 in Perth
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Bill Cosby and Richard Pryor in 'California Suite', 1978
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Bill Cosby and Elmo in Sesame Street, 1989
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Bill Cosby poses for a picture with Florence Griffith-Joyner in June 1989
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Comedian Bill Cosby back in 1992
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A scene from a 1992 episode of 'The Cosby Show'
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US Monica Seles breaks into laughter as she jokes with comedian Bill Cosby during a celebrity match in the stadium at the US Open for the Arthur Ashe AIDS Challenge on 27 August 1995
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Bill Cosby meets Toronto Blue Jays' All-Star Joe Carter after the Stars played the Stripes in the Celebrity All-Star game which preceded workouts for the 67th All-Star Game at Veterans Stadium on 8 July 1996 in Philadephia
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Co-hosts Oprah Winfrey and Bill Cosby joke with each other during the opening of the 2000 Essence Awards 14 April 2000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City
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Bill Cosby jokes with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award from U.S. President George W. Bush during a ceremony on 9 July 2002 at the White House in Washington
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Bill Cosby poses backstage after winning the 'Bob Hope Humanitarian Award' during the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on 21 September 2003 in Los Angeles
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'Tonight Show' host Jay Leno and comedian Bill Cosby laugh during a surprise visit by Cosby to sign a Harley-Davidson motorcycle that Leno is using to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina at NBC studios on 9 September 2005 in Burbank, California
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Bill Cosby speaks during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios on 14 October 2007 in Washington
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Bill Cosby at the 12th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center on 26 October 2009 in Washington
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Bill Cosby speaks at the National Action Network's 20th annual Keepers of the Dream Awards gala in New York on 6 April 2011
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Bill Cosby during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel & Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund, 2012
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Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on 11 November 2013 in Washington
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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on 26 September 2014 in Las Vegas
But in Cosby: His Life and Times, biographer Mark Whitaker claimed the Enquirer contacted Erinn in Boston, where she was living after a five-week hospital stay and her father’s representatives “did everything they could” to keep the story out of the press.
More than a dozen women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual assaults spanning decades, which he strongly denies, and journalists and former colleagues are coming forward with unflattering allegations about the star.
His lawyer, Martin Singer, has called the growing number of allegations “unsubstantiated” and “discredited”, accusing the media of vilifying his client.
Cosby’s representatives have not commented on the latest allegations.Reuse content