Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Guilty Plea by Boyfriend of Woman in Cosby Case He Admits Aiding Attempt to Extort $40 Million

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Guilty Plea by Boyfriend of Woman in Cosby Case He Admits Aiding Attempt to Extort $40 Million

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The boyfriend of the woman charged with trying to extort $40 million from Bill Cosby by claiming she is his illegitimate daughter pleaded guilty in the case Tuesday and is cooperating with authorities, prosecutors said.

Antonay Williams, 26, of Perry, Fla., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count each of conspiracy and aiding and abetting an extortion.

During the plea hearing, Williams identified himself as the boyfriend of Autumn Jackson, who is accused of trying to extort $40 million from Cosby by threatening to sell her story to a tabloid newspaper. Jackson, 22, was released from prison Monday on a $250,000 personal recognizance bond. In part of an interview shown Monday night on the CBS news, Cosby admitted having an affair with Jackson's mother but denied being her father. On Tuesday, Cosby's wife of 33 years, Camille, brushed aside the possibility he fathered a child during the long-ago affair. "All old personal negative issues between Bill and me were resolved years ago," she said. "We are a united couple. "What occurred 23 years ago is not important to me except for the current issue of extortion." Camille Cosby said her focus is on finding answers in the roadside slaying of her son Ennis, 27, on Jan. 16. Williams told the court he had helped Jackson and an accomplice, Jose Medina, in their scheme by threatening to disclose to the press that Cosby was her father. He said some of the threats were made through faxes and interstate telephone calls. …

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