for your mid-summer enjoyment, we present the case of Bill Cosby,
wealthy entertainer, who admits to an affair with one Shawn
Thompson. Shawn Thompson (or Shawn Upshaw, depending on the
news source) is the mother of Autumn Jackson.
claims that Cosby is her father--a contention that he denies.
However, Cos won't submit to a blood test, and has contributed
around $100,000 to Autumn's upbringing and education. Hmm....
now 22, conspires with two others (Jose Medina and Boris Sabas)
to extort $40 million from Cosby. She threatens to take her
story to the tabloids if he doesn't pay up. Her fax threat arrives
at the offices of Cosby's attorneys on the very day that his
son Ennis is murdered.
25th, Jackson and Medina were found guilty of conspiracy and
extortion. Sabas was convicted of conspiracy, and crossing a
state line to further the conspiracy. The details of Autumn's
parentage were deemed irrelevant by the presiding judge.
an interesting point. "Extortion" is the act or practice of
obtaining something (usually money) from another by force or
undue or illegal power. It seems to me, and I'm not alone, that
if Cosby really is her father, no crime has been committed.
were to send a letter to Kathie Lee Gifford, threatening to
tell the media that Cody and Cassidy are her kids, unless she
were to pay $10 million dollars, this threat would most likely
be dismissed as a communication from a nut case. Certainly,
it is possible that a case could be made for harassment, or
some such, but this would really be pushing it.
other hand, if I felt that a certain man was my father, and
he denied it, but contributed to my support, how far could I
go to get him to admit it?
Autumn's mistake was to involve herself with two thugs to perpetrate
a high stakes plot. Had she given up on sensible negotiations
with Cosby? Who knows?
Jackson a convicted felon, Cos has finally taken the blood test.
happened to old fashioned damage control?
Cosby take the blood test long ago? If it came out negative,
he could have dismissed the whole incident. If positive, he
could have made a deal with Jackson providing a monthly payout
that would cease instantly if she were to go public.
Cos was the victim of his PR flacks. You know, the kind that
said that model Naomi Campbell (a few months ago) was rushed
to the hospital because of an overdose of prescription drugs,
even though this was denied by just about everyone--including
about the sad case some years ago, when a member of the band
Toto died suddenly in his backyard--supposedly a victim of a
pesticide. A few weeks later, the true story came out.
big celebrities really do believe their own PR. How could "America's
favorite Dad" ever have an illegitimate daughter? The screen
persona equals the real person, right? What better explanation
can you suggest for Cosby's bizarre handling of this matter?