By NICOLE WEISENSEE EGAN firstname.lastname@example.org
It didn't take long.
The day after California attorney Tamara Green went public with
allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and groped her 30 years ago,
Cosby's people began circulating dirt on Green.
David Walk, a Cosby attorney, e-mailed reporters and producers a copy
of a New York Post story from yesterday that discussed a 13-count state
bar complaint filed against Green last March.
A Cosby representative was also providing names and numbers of two
California lawyers who he said had damaging information about Green.
They did not return phone calls last night.
Walk could not be reached for comment last night on why he e-mailed the
story to reporters. David Brokaw, Cosby's publicist, declined to comment.
Delilah Rumburg, executive director of the Pennsylvania Coalition
Against Rape, said any state bar complaint against Green is "totally irrelevant"
to Green's claims about Cosby drugging and groping her.
"It has absolutely nothing to do with this case," Rumburg said. "The
question is, she has nothing to gain. So why would she come forward if
it's not a true story? "
She also said she thought publicizing the complaint is "inappropriate"
and "unfair" and discourages future victims from coming forward,
especially if they're making an accusation against someone high profile.
"We cannot have open season on any victim that comes forward with a
claim of sexual assault," Rumburg said.
There has been no determination of innocence or guilt with the
complaint against Green, said Kathleen Beitiks, spokeswoman for the
State Bar of California.
"The state bar investigated and determined there was enough evidence
for formal charges," Beitiks said. "This is just the beginning of the
Green, a lawyer since 1988, was out of town and could not be reached
for comment yesterday. In Tuesday's Daily News, she said she came
forward with her story after Cosby's lawyer and the Montgomery County
district attorney publicly cast doubt on the story of a Canadian woman
who said Cosby drugged and groped her in January 2004. Prosecutors have
yet to decide whether to charge Cosby in the Canadian woman's case.
Green said she wanted her name used, even though she knew her personal
and professional life would come under attack, to add credibility to
"If I duck and run, or hide and became an unnamed source, then people
will not believe it," she said in a telephone interview last week.
"It's not easy. I know people are going to say evil things about me.
I've made my share of enemies in this life. If you practice law,
there's somebody who didn't like you. But this is about backing up the
woman and this story.
"Women who take on powerful men are going to be beat up," she added.
"They're going to take a terrible pounding from the fans of the great
man. There will be leaks, digging into pasts. I'm not a perfect person,
but I'm a great person. "
Rumburg applauded Green for coming forward to support the other alleged
victim, despite the consequences.
"I think it means she's a very brave and courageous person, knowing
from our past experiences what would happen to her," Rumburg said. "We
need more people that will be strong advocates for standing up for the
rights of victims." *