The Denver Post

The Den­ver agency


Jo Far­rell op­er­ated her JF Images tal­ent agency far fromHol­ly­wood in Den­ver, but she wielded such clout that she could make or break ca­reers.

Far­rell plays one of the more un­usual roles in the decades­long drama ofCosby and his ac­cusers. She re­ferred twowomen to Cosby who later al­leged he sex­u­ally abused them: Bar­bara Bowman and Beth Fer­rier.

Far­rell is now83 and suf­fer­ing from de­men­tia and Alzheimer’s, said her daugh­ter, Kath­leen, who said in a re­cent in­ter­view that her mother re­tired five years ago and knewnoth­ing about the claims of sex­ual abuse un­til they ap­peared in Peo­ple mag­a­zine in 2006.

“It’s mind-bog­gling,” Jo Far­rell told the mag­a­zine at the time. “I don’t set up in­ter­views in bars. Here I am pulled in on this, and it makes me sad be­causemy rep­u­ta­tion has al­ways been golden in this city.”

Far­rell met Cosby at the Turn of the Cen­tury night­club, which was near her tal­ent agency. Kath­leen Far­rell said Cosby worked with a num­ber of the agency’s young fe­male clients through the years, tak­ing them on out­ings and ask­ing them to au­di­tions. If she had heard com­plaints, she said, her moth­er­would have sev­ered her re­la­tion­ship with­Cosby “to pro­tect the girls.”

Far­rell dis­cov­ered Bowman, then 13, at a 1980 beauty pageant. She said Cosby came to town in 1984 and Far­rell took Bowman, 17 at the time, to a com­edy club for an au­di­tion.

Both Far­rell and Cosby gushed that Bowman was des­tined for big things in the business and ad­vised that she move to New York, where she could hone her craft. Cosby also brought her to theNewYork set of “The Cosby Show.”

“That was the bait: the prom­ise of an au­di­tion, be­ing seen and adored by a big name,” Bowman said. “And he en­joyed know­ing that peo­ple knew he was the one who was dis­cover- ing hot new tal­ent.”

She said she­was “ter­ri­fied” of Cosby and Far­rell. “They iso­lated me and made me to­tally de­pen­dent on them,” she said.

Bowman said she saw an en­tirely dif­fer­ent per­sona from the one Cosby played on tele­vi­sion. Once, while at his brown­stone in­NewYorkCit­y, she said she blacked out after one glass of wine and awoke to find her­selfwear­ing noth­ing but her un­der­pants and a man’s T-shirt.

In another al­leged in­ci­dent in At­lantic City, N.J., she said Cosby pinned her down on a ho­tel bed­while she screamed for help and he strug­gled to pull down his pants.

“I fu­ri­ously tried to wres­tle from his grasp un­til he even­tu­ally gave up,” she told The Wash­ing­ton Post.

Cosby called her “a baby,” Bowman said, then he told her to go home to Den­ver.

Cosby’s at­tor­neys had pre­vi­ously called her claims “ab­so­lutely un­true.”

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