This is in response to the 11/21/2014 article in the Daily Beast: How Bill Cosby Allegedly Silenced His Accusers Through A Tabloid Smear Campaign by Marlow Stem.
The article fails to make clear the sequence of events. Beth Ferrier contacted the National Enquirer after reading about the police investigating the complaint by Andrea Constand. Constand told the Philadelphia Police that a year earlier, in response to her request for herbal medicine to relieve her stress, Bill Cosby gave her a drug that caused her to lose consciousness and engaged in sex with her. She woke up with her clothes disheveled.
After reading about the police investigation, Ferrier contacted the National Enquirer and said that after a consensual affair, she also believed that Bill Cosby gave her drugs (in her coffee) and she was also knocked out and awoke with her clothes disheveled. The National Enquirer gave her $7,500 for her story. While it is true that she passed a lie detector test, the National Enquirer has a crew of special people who give these lie detector tests and almost always finds the person truthful. They have given these same lie detector tests to numerous people who claimed UFO abduction and they passed.
The police charges were then dismissed against Cosby. Incidentally the fact that Bruce Castor, the Philadelphia district attorrney who investigated the case, thought that Cosby did something “inappropriate” does not mean that he thought that he drugged and engaged in sex with Ms. Constand. Naturally when a 30 year old beautiful single woman sleeps alone over the house of a 65 year old married man, one thinks that something “inappropriate happened.” At the time he dismissed the case he said that he felt that both Constand and Cosby were being less than truthful. Cosby said that he had given her benadryl, an over the counter medication, and she had slept over. He denied the sexual allegation.
With the police investigation over, and Cosby found innocent, the allegation by Beth Ferrier looked ridiculous on the surface. First it was a 20 year old allegation that she had told nobody about and only remembered it after reading about the police investigation of Cosby in the National Enquirer, which everybody knows pays sources for gossip and outrageous stories. Secondly, Ferrier’s story made no logical sense. He had already had consensual sex with her. According to her, he had stopped the relationship. Why drug her to have sex with her when she was willing to have sex with him? Cosby could not have known how crazy her story was. The National Enquirer almost certainly offered the deal to Cosby: give them an exclusive story about the Constand police investigation case, and they would not run the second allegation story. Since Cosby had felt that the newspaper had played a positive role in the the investigation of his son’s murder, it made perfect sense for Cosby to agree to the interview. Constand’s lawyers, I believe at this point had either filed their civil suit against Cosby or had announced they were going to file one. Knowing about a second woman who claimed the same thing as Constand would certainly help Cosby’s defense team to fight the lawsuit.
The law suit that Constand filed in 2006 regarding the story being squashed was against the National Enquirer and Cosby’s lawyer. It was not against Cosby.
This article makes it seem that Cosby was in cahoots with the National Enquirer to suppress stories of him drugging women. One could just as well, and perhaps see it more accurately, as the National Enquirer pressuring and tricking Cosby into giving an exclusive interview about the recent police case rather than running a copycat article about a 20 year old unsubstantiated incident by a woman they had paid $7,500.
Beth Ferrier later became Jane Doe #5 in Constand’s civil suit against Cosby.
Beth Ferrier’s allegation that after discontinuing their relationship, Cosby invited her to his dressing room, gave her cappuccino, and may have had sex with her still makes no sense. It makes far more sense believing that Ferrier still had unresolved issues with Cosby for breaking off the relationship and wanted the money from the National Enquirer. Simply saying she had a brief consensual love affair with Cosby twenty years before would not have gotten her any money from the sensationalist National Enquirer.
It also seems far more probable that the National Enquirer outfoxed Cosby into granting an exclusive interview in return for not running a highly improbable and impossible to verify story. He could hardly have sort to squash a story that he knew nothing about until the National Enquirer told him about it.
This February 1, 2006 lawsuit by Constand’s lawyers was aimed at silencing Bill Cosby. On April 20, 2005, Constand’s lawyers had filed papers claiming that there were ten “Jane Doe” witnesses who had also been assaulted by Cosby. Cosby did not know the names of any of these ten Jane Does. Constand’s lawyers kept them from Cosby’s lawyers. Despite filings in the case to gain that information, Cosby’s lawyers still did not know the names of the ten “Jane Does” at this point. This additional lawsuit was to let Cosby know that even after the names of the Jane Does were released, he still would not be able to defend himself in the media against their charges. All the public knew was that the accuser’s lawyers had ten women willing to testify against Cosby. Thus nobody could be sure if Cosby was guilty or not. This brought intense pressure on Cosby to settle the Constand lawsuit. His lawyers could not be sure if any of the Jane Does (whose number grew to 12) had a credible case or not.
This article, like all mainstream articles gets things upside down. Bill Cosby was the one being silenced in this case, the accusers were the only ones allowed to speak against him in the media and to put pressure on him to settle the case before he could be tried and found innocent.