Among the mountain of accusations against Bill Cosby, one stands out: His secret love child! Click through our gallery to learn more about the woman who sued him for millions.
In the early 1970s, as Cosby’s success started to skyrocket, the comedian met “a tall, striking twenty-year old brunette” named Shawn Berkes, according to the book Cosby: His Life And Times, by Mark Whitaker.
“My sex life with Bill was just part of our friendship. It had evolved into a sexual relationship. It was consensual,” Berkes, now known as Jackson, would say years later.
Shawn and Cosby continued an affair for 10 months, until one weekend in 1973, the book claimed.
“Finding himself alone in Vegas for a month, Cosby called Shawn Berkes again,” according to Whitaker. “He invited her to join him for another rendezvous at the Hilton. But when Berkes arrived at his suite on the thirtieth floor, she had a surprise. She reached into her purse and pulled out a photo of a fourteen-month-old baby, a little girl with curly hair and olive skin named Autumn. ‘This is your daughter,’ Berkes said.”
Cosby denied his paternity. But that didn’t stop Autumn from trying to blackmail her “dad.”
In 1997, Jackson was arrested on extortion charges for demanding Cosby pay her $24 million over claims she was his daughter.
“When news of the arrest first broke, Cosby’s spokesmen insisted that he barely knew Jackson,” Whitaker wrote. “They admitted that he had paid for Autumn’s college tuition for a year and set up a fund for other expenses, but they described her as just one of the hundreds of young people Cosby had helped put through school.”
When questioned by Dan Rather for a TV interview, however, Cosby admitted he had has sex with Brown and that there was “a possibility” he was Jackson’s father. Jackson was ultimately sentenced to 26 months in prison in 1997, after she was convicted for her part in the extortion plot.
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