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A former NBC employee has come forward to say that years of "covering up" for Bill Cosby eventually made him quit his job. Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that he was essentially Cosby's yes-man — standing guard outside the comedian's dressing room while he brought young models in, paying off women in exchange for their silence, and even securing a second apartment for Cosby's exploits. "I did a lot of crazy things for him," Scotti, 90, told the Daily News. "He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later."
A former NBC employee has come forward to say that years of "covering up" for Bill Cosby eventually made him quit his job.
Frank Scotti tells the New York Daily News that he was essentially Cosby's yes-man — standing guard outside the comedian's dressing room while he brought young models in, paying off women in exchange for their silence, and even securing a second apartment for Cosby's exploits.
"I did a lot of crazy things for him," Scotti, 90, told the Daily News. "He was covering himself by having my name on it. It was a coverup. I realized it later."
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Scotti says he's speaking out now because he "felt sorry for the women" who are coming forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault.
Meanwhile, that list of women continues to grow. A 47-year-old Pittsburgh resident says she was assaulted by Cosby when she was a 15-year-old model and aspiring actress who appeared in some of Cosby's videos.
Renita Chaney Hill tells the CBS Pittsburgh affiliate that, over the course of four years, she had several encounters with Cosby that started with him giving her a drink and ended with her waking up after being passed out. She's unclear if Cosby raped her.
"I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink I would end up in my bed the next morning and I wouldn't remember anything," Hill said. "One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn't like it."
"I remember being in high school saying to him, 'I'll come see you, but I don't want to drink because it makes me feel funny,'" Hill adds. "And he would tell me that if I didn't drink, I couldn't come see him."
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According to Showbiz411, Law & Order: SVU actress Michelle Hurd has also accused Cosby of sexual abuse. The website reports that Hurd, who has also starred on 90210 and Gossip Girl, wrote a lengthy Facebook post about her experience with Cosby. (The post is not public. Hurd's reps could not be reached by TVGuide.com for comment.)
"I wasn't going to say anything, but I can't believe some of the things I've been reading, SO here is MY personal experience," Hurd reportedly wrote. "I did stand-in work on The Cosby Show back in the day and YES, Bill Cosby was VERY inappropriate with me. It started innocently, lunch in his dressing room, daily, then onto weird acting exercises were he would move his hands up and down my body, (can't believe I fell for that). I was instructed to NEVER tell anyone what we did together, (he said other actors would become jealous) and then fortunately, I dodged the ultimate bullet with him when he asked me to come to his house, take a shower so we could blow dry my hair and see what it looked like straightened. At that point my own red flags went off and I told him, 'No, I'll just come to work tomorrow with my hair straightened.'"
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Scotti, who worked as a facilities manager at the studio in Brooklyn where The Cosby Show was taped, tells the Daily News he paid eight women monthly installments of up to $2,000 between 1989 and 1990, when The Cosby Show was at its peak. He also claims Cosby had "an arrangement" with a modeling studio in Manhattan, which would deliver aspiring models as young as 16 to Cosby's dressing room. Cosby, according to Scotti, would often single out one of the girls and say he wanted to interview her for a part on his sitcom.
"Then he'd tell me, 'Stand outside the door and don't let anyone in,'" Scotti alleges. "Now you put that together and figure (out) why. ... I used to like him, but that's the reason I quit him after so many years — because of the girls."
"He had everybody fooled," adds Scotti. "Nobody suspected."
Cosby Show producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner say they're stunned by the allegations. "The Bill we know was a brilliant and wonderful collaborator on a show that changed the landscape of television. These recent news reports are beyond our knowledge or comprehension," Carsey and Werner said in a joint statementThursday, according to Variety.
Scotti says he's only seen Cosby once since he left his job. "He was a very selfish person," Scotti said. "He thought he was a genius. He thought he was better than everybody else."
Watch a video of Scotti's interview here.