In 2005, Bill Cosby testified under oath that he gave The National Enquirer an exclusive interview in exchange for the tabloid’s promise to spike a story about a previously undisclosed sexual assault allegation from a woman named Beth Ferrier. “I would give them an exclusive story, my words,” Cosby said in the testimony. “[And in return, The Enquirer] would not print the story of — print Beth’s story.”
Cosby’s statements, obtained by The New York Times and Associated Press, came during a deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and assaulted her.
According to the Times, Cosby admitted in the previously sealed court documents that he believed if the public knew about Ferrier’s allegations, it would give more validity to Constand’s claims:
“Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier’s story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?” Cosby was asked.
“Exactly,” he replied.
Robin Mizrahi, a senior reporter for The National Enquirer who was tasked with the Ferrier story, revealed last week to The Guardian that the tabloid spiked the pieceunder pressure from the actor’s lawyers. A new article, which featured an interview with Cosby in which he discussed allegations made against him by Constand and a woman named Tamara Green, was published instead.
Source: Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus