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Report: Cosby Hired Private Investigators To Dig Up Dirt On His Accusers

Actor Bill Cosby performs at the King Center for the Performing Arts on November 21, 2014 in Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)
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Bill Cosby feels like he isn't get a fair shake in the media as more than twenty women have come forward publicly to say he drugged, raped or attempted to drug and rape them. So Cosby and his team have reportedly hired private investigators to dig up the dirt on these women that they say the press refuses to.

Page Six spoke to several sources who say that Cosby and his attorney Martin Singer believe that anything in his accusers' past is fair game. At a recent meeting, one "insider" said Cosby told them, "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?'"

One source said Cosby hired a Glendale-based firm staffed by a half-dozen former LAPD detectives, paying them six-figure fees for their work.

Another source says that the team has already had some success by digging up the fact that Beverly Johnson, who claims Cosby spiked her cappuccino in the 1980s, never told her most recent boyfriend and only had nice things to say about Cosby in the years following the alleged incident: "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."

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But that claim didn't seem to get a lot of traction. CNN found the story irrelevant enough that they didn't bother to interview Johnson's boyfriend for a recent special. They defended their decision by saying that Johnson didn't see her boyfriend until years later (2006-2009), that Johnson had multiple restraining orders against him for threats to kill her and that he sounded like an ex with a criminal record and an axe to grind.

Cosby reportedly said, "You can’t say that I put something in your coffee, threw you in a cab and then you go on and live a high-profile life, a famous life and you never complain. You mean you never reported it to the police? You never tell anyone?”

Whoever Johnson may or may not have told, it's worth noting that it's not unusual for rape victims to keep a secret for years if not decades (which is why some are calling for abolishing the statute of limitations in rape cases). Many rape victims don't go around telling everyone what happened to them—because there's a stigma or maybe also they're afraid that someone might root around in their past looking for irrelevant clues as a way to discredit their painful experience.

One source says that they dug up information about Katherine McKee, the ex of Sammy Davis Jr., who says that she was raped by Cosby in his hotel room in the 1970s. The source says they found that she had written glowing comments about Cosby on the internet somewhere and had once said that she is "used to lying." What the context of either of these claims are isn't made clear in the Page Six item.

Singer didn't respond to the claims that Cosby hired investigators one way or another, but he encouraged the press to do a better job Googling the accusers to find out why we shouldn't trust their word: "You [the media] don’t need private investigators to find out information about the accusers. A simple Google search will obtain the information."