Bill Cosby has reportedly hired a team of private investigators to examine the pasts of several of his accusers.
According to the New York Post, the legendary comedian wants to shed light on anything his alleged victims have done, calling it “fair game.”
“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 said to his legal team at a recent meeting, according to a source who was present.
Cosby reportedly enlisted the help of six former LAPD detectives to dig up dirt on the dozens of women who have come forward in recent weeks to accuse him of sexual assault.
“You mean you never reported it to the police? You never tell anyone? 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,” the source said of supermodel Beverly Johnson’s claim that her coffee was spiked by the comedian during an audition for his show in the 1980s.
Another source reported that the strategy is helping Cosby.
“They were able to find out information about Beverly Johnson’s boyfriend who said she only had good things to say about Cosby. 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,” he explained.
The anonymous source also said information about accuser Katherine McKee, who claimed she was raped by Cosby in the 1970s, is a valuable asset to the investigation.
Investigators reportedly uncovered internet posts in which McKee said she is “used to lying,” and a published interview where she spoke of Cosby in a positive manner.
Singer didn’t confirm if detectives were hired, but reportedly said the press has been unreliable and unfair to Cosby.
“You [the media] don’t need private investigators to find out information about the accusers. A simple Google search will obtain the information,” he said.