A number of women who have accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault either have factual contradictions in their accounts or have personal histories that cast doubt on their claims, The Daily Caller has learned.
Five of Cosby’s recent accusers, including multiple women currently or previously represented by prominent feminist attorney Gloria Allred, have engaged in statements and behavior that warrant increased scrutiny of their public accusations against Cosby.
“There is virtually no standard by which the media are holding Mr Cosby’s accusers,” Cosby attorney Marty Singer told The Daily Caller in a statement. “Anyone and everyone who wants to file a suit or get on television can be guaranteed fawning coverage. The very same media have demonstrated an unconscionable disinterest in the veracity of his accusers and their motives.”
The wave of sexual assault allegations against Cosby recently re-emerged in the media after comedian Hannibal Buress referenced past accusations in a standup routine.
Allred held a press conference last week with three recent accusers calling upon Cosby to pay $100 million in damages to the women or to agree to waive the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits.
The accusers presented below — gathered from an analysis of the women speaking out against Cosby — represent those individuals whose personal histories have raised red flags about either their credibility, their mental stability, or their run-ins with the law.
Chelan Lasha accused Cosby of sexual assault in a televised press conference with Gloria Allred on December 3, where Allred demanded Cosby pay $100 million in damages for Lasha and other alleged victims. Reached for comment, Allred directed TheDC to Lasha’s statement from the press conference stating the details of her alleged assault, which she claimed occurred in 1986.
Public records show that Lasha has long criminal rap sheet.
She has been arrested for crimes including false reporting and prostitution.
Lasha was arrested in 2007 and charged in Arizona with false reporting to law enforcement and trespassing — she pled guilty on both counts. Lasha was previously arrested for theft in Oregon in 1988 and was convicted.
Lasha was arrested on October 18, 2014 in California and was charged with possession of a billy club. She was also arrested in 2008 in Arizona for assault, disorderly conduct — fighting and trespassing, and pled guilty to disorderly conduct – fighting.
Lasha pled guilty following a 2008 arrest in Arizona for prostitution, which was her second prostitution charge, according to available public records. Lasha failed to complete a mandatory diversion program stemming from her prostitution arrest. A warrant was issued for her arrest.
Moritz, 68, recently told The New York Daily News that Cosby forced his penis into her mouth in the dressing room and then threatened her backstage at the Johnny Carson-hosted talk show, which was then based in New York City.
But Internet Movie Database records show that Cosby and Moritz never appeared together on an episode of The Tonight Show in 1971.
Cosby appeared on The Tonight Show that year on March 3 with fellow guests Clifton Davis and Bob Kaufman and on October 19 with Buddy Greco, Sam Levenson, Jose Molina, and Gay Talese.
Moritz, meanwhile, appeared on the show on July 23 with Troy Donahue, Stan Kann, Rex Reed and Julie Wilson, on Aug. 23 with Bob Crane, Bob Russell and Nipsey Russell and on August 26 with Cliff Gorman, Vivian Reed, and mentalist Kreskin.
Presented with the discrepancy by phone Thursday, Moritz admitted that she wasn’t actually sure what year the alleged assault occurred.
“I think it was the year,” Moritz told TheDC.
“I was on the same episode,” Moritz said. “When they called my name and he went out. He went out when they called my name and he said ‘Hi.'”
“I’m not sure exactly when it was but my attorney was looking for that,” Moritz added. “I’m not sure because I’m in bed and I’m tired.”
Moritz provided the name of her Washington-based attorney Joseph Cammarata, who represents multiple Cosby accusers. Cammarata did not respond prior to publication.
Former Playboy bunny P.J. Masten claimed in a group CNN interview with other Cosby accusers last Friday that Cosby drugged her and raped her in a Chicago hotel, and alleged that other Playboy bunnies were also raped by Cosby.
But this isn’t the first time Masten has accused a high profile celebrity of sexual abuse.
Masten also joined in sexual abuse accusations against sportscaster Marv Albert in the 1990s, and was represented by lawyer Gloria Allred during the Albert case. Masten accused Albert of biting and assaulting her after Albert had already been accused of biting and assaulting another woman. Albert called Masten’s claim a “complete fabrication.”
Even Marv Albert’s original accuser, Vanessa Perhach, accused Masten of “riding my comet” and joining in the allegations against Albert only “for the money,” according to a 1997 New York Daily News article.
Allred told TheDC that she does not currently represent Masten in the Cosby matter. A message for Masten on social media was not returned by press time.
Cosby accuser Tamara Green has filed a defamation suit alleging that Cosby sullied Green’s “good name and reputation” by denying Green’s sexual assault allegations against him.
Several years ago, Green was suspended from practicing law by the State Bar of California and was placed on probation.
The State Bar Court of California recommended on Dec. 27, 2005 that Green be “suspended from the practice of law in the State of California for a period of two years” and that she “be placed on probation for a period of five years.”
The court found that Green “has a mental health problem, and the court found that there is sufficient evidence of a nexus between that mental health issue and respondent’s misconduct in this proceeding.”
Green also failed to disburse a $20,000 medical settlement to a client and instead pocketed the settlement for herself. Green also accepted a $1,000 retainer from a client that she did not contact or represent, and disconnected her telephone and changed office addresses without even informing a client that had retained her services in a civil case.
Green did not undergo rehabilitation for her mental health problem.
“Although Respondent [Green] has a mental health problem … she is not found to have undergone a meaningful and sustained period of rehabilitation from her mental health problem,” according to the court.
Green’s lawyer Joseph Cammarata, who also represents Moritz, did not respond prior to publication.
Former model Beth Ferrier has also accused Cosby of sexual assault.
But Ferrier made a point of visiting the set of The Cosby Show with her friends even after she claimed the sexual assault against her occurred.
Ferrier joined Allred’s press conference last week and later gave a CNN interview with Allred by her side. Ferrier alleged that she engaged in a “relationship” with the married comedian after meeting him in 1984, and that he sexually assaulted her after she broke up with him.
Ferrier admitted in her CNN interview that she visited Cosby “several times” after the alleged incident:
“I did go and several times see him in New York on the set at his Silver Star Studios when they moved that, because I felt that when I had my friends with me on the set that I could show him that I was doing very well and I was alive and strong, and –”
“And you felt that it was easier because you had friends with you for safety in numbers,” CNN host Don Lemon interrupted to volunteer.
Reached by TheDC, Allred did not elaborate on the specifics of Ferrier’s case.