Ex-NBC Employee Frank Scotti Says He Helped Bill Cosby Pay Off “Models”

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Ex-NBC Employee Frank Scotti Says He Helped Bill Cosby Pay Off “Models” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

More Bill Cosby sexual assault drama: Frank Scotti, a 90-year-old former NBC employee, said he stood guard outside Bill Cosby’s dressing room while he entertained “models.” Scotti claims he helped deliver thousands of dollars from the comedian to eight different women.

When Cosby invited young models into his Brooklyn dressing room, the megastar’s pal stood watch outside the door. When the married Cosby sought a Queens apartment for another pretty face, Scotti arranged the deal.

And when the man behind Fat Albert needed cash disbursed to his flock of single female friends — hey, hey, hey — Scotti became the conduit for payments of up to $2,000 a month.

“He had everybody fooled,” said Scotti in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. “Nobody suspected.”

Scotti came forward last week with his insider’s look at Cosby’s womanizing ways during the magical 1984-92 run of “The Cosby Show.”…

The 90-year-old Scotti said he decided to speak as the drumbeat of sexual abuse allegations against Cosby, 77, grew steadily louder. “I felt sorry for the women,” he told The News.

I have no doubt that Bill Cosby engaged in this behavior, but he’s hardly alone and there’s no excuse for this behavior. I am sure many more have similar stories with other celebrities and athletes.

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Frank Scotti said he helped pay off girls for Bill Cosby

“How to Get Away With Murder” Winter Finale’s Best Twist Wasn’t Sam’s Killer

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“”How to Get Away With Murder” Midseason Finale’s Best Twist Wasn’t Sam’s Killer (Photo Credit: ABC Video Screengrab)

ABC’s new hit show, “How to Get Away with Murder” stunned during its winter finale entitled “Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me.” I have to admit, I am starting to like this show a whole lot more than “Scandal.” In its ninth episode, we got to see who Sam’s (Tom Verica) killer was. The build-up to the revelation was hyped on social media with the hashtag #WhoKilledSam. That wasn’t the best twist of the episode.

Based on social media response and its solid ratings in the tough 10 p.m. ET slot, the Shonda Rhimes series is a hit. The series doesn’t drag story lines on and on. They hook you and then drop the truth.

Back to Sam’s demise. After the students find a drunken Sam at home, things got heated fast, particularly after Rebecaa (Katie Findlay) makes a beeline for the bedroom he shared with Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) to download the contents of his laptop onto a flash drive.  Two people who could be blamed for his death — Michaela (Aja Naomi King) who accidentally pushed him over the bannister and Wes (Alfred Enoch), who bashed him in the head with “the trophy” after he struggled with Rebecca.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night was when Wes came back to the scene to retrieve murder weapon AKA “the trophy.” He apologized over Sam’s body, but he wasn’t alone. Annalise was there and told him not to be sorry. Well, there are a lot more questions about what happened after Wes ran into Annalise, including did she allow them to remove the body from the home and who cleaned up the murder scene? What role did she play, if any in the cover-up? As you can see, 2015 will be very interesting for “How to Get Away with Murder.”

Here’s the reaction on Twitter:

Bill Cosby on Rape Allegations: “A Guy Doesn’t Have to Answer to Innuendos”

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Bill Cosby on Rape Allegations: “A Guy Doesn’t Have to Answer to Innuendos” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Embattled actor/comedian Bill Cosby is sort-of speaking out about the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him by 12 women, saying “a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos” and “people should check facts,” the Florida Today reports.

Embattled comedian and actor Bill Cosby told FLORIDA TODAY before his scheduled show tonight at the King Center in Melbourne, that recent offers of cash and prizes to heckle his performance only feed a ‘frat house mentality’ and that he didn’t plan to mention the controversy of allegations of sexual assault tonight to the sold out crowd.

So today I was informed of this radio station that is offering money for people to stand up and heckle in order to collect prizes and money,” Cosby told FLORIDA TODAY in a backstage one-on-one interview.

“The thing is, these people are prodding and pushing people and asking people to have a frat house mentality. Now suppose someone brings a weapon or decided to do more foolishness. There will be announcements made and the stations made some disclaimers, but what if people don’t listen to what they said and they entice violence. That’s not good for anyone.

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“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.” Source: Florida Today

This comes as Cosby cancels more shows due to the allegations. Child TV star Renita Chaney Hill recently came forward saying he drugged her at age 15. Um, how did he get access to a 15 year old? Where were her parents? Still Bill Cosby got a standing ovation at a Melbourne, Fla, show, which was also sold-out.

Among the women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault are Carla Ferrigno (wife of Lou Ferrigno, the Hulk), Angela LeslieLouisa Moritz, Tamara Green, Barbara Bowman, Beth Ferrier, Therese Serignese, Joan Tarshis and supermodel Janice Dickinson.

The Queen Latifah Show Cancelled Due to Ratings, Costs

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the Queen Latifah Show Cancelled Due to Ratings, Costs

QUEEN LATIFAH SHOW CANCELLED:  Bad news for fans of Queen Latifah, whose real name is Dana Owens. Her show, “The Queen Latifah Show” has been cancelled due to low ratings and costs, TMZ reports.

The show is in its second season and will cease production at the end of the year> New new episodes will continue to air through March 2015, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Queen Latifah posted a heartfelt message on Facebook:

Former DA Wanted to Arrest Bill Cosby for Alleged Assault of Andrea Constand

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Former DA Wanted to Arrest Bill Cosby for Alleged Assault of Andrea Constand (Photo Credit: Twitter)

BILL COSBY RAPE ALLEGATIONS:  The Bill Cosby rape scandal continues to intensify. Former Montgomery County, Penn., district attorney Bruce Castor told the Daily Mail he wanted to arrest the actor/comedian on rape charges after Andrea Constand claimed he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home in January 2004. Castor decided against pursuing the charges due to insufficient evidence.

Miss Constand, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team and college basketball star, launched a legal suit against Cosby, a man she called her ‘mentor’, in March 2005. She was the first – and only woman – to press charges against the comic legend.

And today, Mr Castor, who is now Montgomery County commissioner, told MailOnline exclusively: ‘I wanted to arrest Bill Cosby because I thought he was probably guilty, but being able to prove anything beyond a reasonable doubt and thinking he’s probably guilty are two different things.

‘We knew back then that other woman had come forward, but even if they did it didn’t mean anything for our case as none of those cases resulted in charges and were remote in time.’

Commissioner Castor, a former two-term DA of Montgomery County and a private lawyer at the Bryn Mawr law office of Rogers and Associates., added: ‘The lady who was allegedly attacked waited a year before she reported it. As a result of that delay, any possible corroborating physical evidence was unavailable to us.

‘We couldn’t test for hairs, fibers, DNA and drugs in her system that might match those at Mr Cosby’s house. We didn’t have any corroborative evidence. Source: Daily Mail

Joan Tarshis, a former publicist, accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1969, when she was 19 years old. She accused Cosby of being a “serial rapist.” Barbara Bowman said no-one would listen until a man spoke up about the allegations surrounding Bill Cosby. Comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during one of his comedy routines.

NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations

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NY Times Goes After Rev. Al Sharpton Sidestepping Financial Obligations (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The Rev. Al Sharpton is the subject of a scathing New York Times article about his National Action Network owing millions in taxes while he travels first class and lives the high life. It’s interesting since Sharpton shmoozes with the big dogs — President Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Obscured in his ascent, however, has been his troubling financial past, which continues to shadow his present.

Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills. Records reviewed by The New York Times show more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses. And though he said in recent interviews that he was paying both down, his balance with the state, at least, has actually grown in recent years. His National Action Network appears to have been sustained for years by not paying federal payroll taxes on its employees.

With the tax liability outstanding, Mr. Sharpton traveled first class and collected a sizable salary, the kind of practice by nonprofit groups that the United States Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration recently characterized as “abusive,” or “potentially criminal” if the failure to turn over or collect taxes is willful.

Mr. Sharpton and the National Action Network have repeatedly failed to pay travel agencies, hotels and landlords. He has leaned on the generosity of friends and sometimes even the organization, intermingling its finances with his own to cover his daughters’ private school tuition.

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National Action Network’s revenue has increased sharply, to more than $4 million in both 2011 and 2012, the year of the group’s most recent tax filing.

Much of that revenue appears to be from large corporate sponsors. A person who handled solicitations at a company that has supported the group said National Action Network often requested $50,000 or $100,000 to sponsor events.

Mr. Sharpton said his birthday party grossed about $1 million, enough that he expected to be able to clear up the organization’s tax debts, removing a cloud that has long hung over the group and himself.

“I think it shows we were able to continue to fund-raise, despite it being challenging,” he said. “We were able to turn it around.”

Source: NY Times

I am no big fan of Rev. Al Sharpton, but we live in a forgiving country, so why should we expect any less for him? I guess the bigger issue for me is the oversight of donations going to NAN and whether they are being used for worthy causes and not to finance the lifestyles of the employees.

Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson in New Orleans

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Solange Knowles Weds Alan Ferguson in New Orleans (Photo Credit: Twitter)

#SolangeWedding: Beyonce’s sister, Solange Knowles, 28, and music video director Alan Ferguson, 51, officially tied the knot on Sunday at Holy Trinity Church in New Orleans. The pictures social media from the wedding are amazing! Everyone was dressed in white, even Blue Ivy.

Solange rocked a cream colored jumpsuit and the happy couple rode bicycles to their nuptials. That’s a heckuva a way to make an entrance!

One person tweeted “Solange proving that you don’t have to get naked to break the internet,” in a diss aimed at Kim Kardashian’s Paper photoshoot.

Best of luck to the happy couple!

Here’s the reaction from Twitter:

Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter

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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter (Photo Credit: Last.FM [Zementa])

Aaliyah Movie Drama:  Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” movie created a lot of buzz, but it was the wrong kind of buzz. The movie chronicles the life of the late singer from her appearance on “Star Search,” marriage to R. Kelly, her meteoric rise  and later death in an airplane crash at age 22. The movie was largely ripped on social media as being disrespectful to her. Talk show diva Wendy Williams, who is one of the executive producers of the movie, came under blistering criticism.

The trending topics on Twitter included #AaliyahMovie, “RKelly,” who was her producer and husband, as well as “Missy and Timbaland,” her longtime producing partners. Wendy Williams was also trending. #LifetimeDisrespectsAaliyah was also a trending hashtag. Alexandra Shipp played Aaliyah in the movie.

The casting of Missy Elliott sparked outrage and accusations of colorism and body type bias. Canadian singer and dancer Chattrisse Dolabaille plays Elliott in the movie. Now you know this woman looks nothing like Missy — height, complexion and body type. I’m pretty sure if they had bothered to look they could have found a dark-skinned actress to cast as Missy Elliott. This is just another slight of dark-skinned sisters by Hollywood.

Well, I guess Zendaya Coleman did the right thing when she dropped out of the film. We know her casting was criticized, but she had some problems with the production as well. The movie also didn’t sit well with Aaliyah’s family. In other words, it has been a mess.

Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase are also executive producers of the movie, which is based on Christopher John Farley’s bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.”

Um, the Whitney Houston movie, directed by Angela Bassett will probably suffer a similar fate….I’m just saying!

Here are some of the tweets about the Aaliyah movie:

Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs”

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Alfre Woodard Plays First Female POTUS in NBC’s “State of Affairs” (Photo Credit: NBC TV)

Alfre Woodard will take on a historic role in NBC’s upcoming pilot series “State of Affairs,” airing Monday night as President Constance Payton. Talk about an interesting plot — the nation’s first black female president.

The drama also stars Katherine Heigl, who had an acrimonious departure from Shonda Rhimes’Grey’s Anatomy.” This time around, Heigl is the executive producer of “State of Affairs.”

Heigl plays Charleston “Charlie” Tucker, a CIA analyst who delivers the president’s daily briefing. There’s another twist to this story — Charlie is still dealing with the death of her fiance during a terrorist attack in Kabul. Her fiance happens to be President Constance Payton’s son.

It will be interesting to see how this fares, considering “Madam Secretary,” which stars Tea Leoni, is a success.

 

Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: Why No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up?

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Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: How Come No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up? (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Bill Cosby’s reputation continues to take a beating as one of his alleged rape victims penned an article asking how come nobody cared until a male spoke (comedian Hannibal Buress) spoke up? Bill Cosby’s alleged rape victim, Barbara Bowman, said he repeatedly raped her in the late 1980s and is demanding to know why did the “public outcry” begin only after a male criticized Cosby for his actions.

Buress said:  “It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify. Cosby had drugged and raped me, too, I told them. The lawyers said I could testify anonymously as a Jane Doe, but I ardently rejected that idea. My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I wanted to tell my story in court. In the end, I didn’t have the opportunity to do that, because Cosby settled the suit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain that he drugged and raped me. The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for industry event. I was staying in a separate bedroom of Cosby’s hotel suite, but he pinned me down in his own bed while I screamed for help. I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me “a baby” and sent me home to Denver. Source: Washington Post

Brown’s article comes on the heels of Cosby’s disastrous Twitter experiment ( ) in which he asked users to “meme” him. Well, let’s just say it added more fuel to the fire.