In 2001 that was a lot of money, still is, and even for a relitively rich man like Cowell it's an amount that would need some thinking about, and questions answered before handing it over.
King turned to Cowell for help raising bail when he was first arrested - and the AMERICAN IDOL judge insists he would never have helped if he suspected King was guilty.
But this might say more about the persuasiveness of king than Cowell's belief in king's innocence.
king was slick enough to abuse many boys with apparent impunity. Like most abusers he thought that what he was doing wasn't wrong, he'd long ago convinced himself that all these boys were willing.
With that level of self belief / delusion convincing a friend to put up bail would have been easy, king would have been telling Cowell the 'truth' as jonathan king saw it.
The problem for Cowell is 'now'.
Obviously the story has got out, Cowell is a household name, king's nearing his release and a circus is about to happen.
Cowell's bricking it, and embarking on some serious damage limitation.
The problem we have, not just as survivors, but as ordinary people who have the media feeding us rumours, half truths and sometimes downright lies, is "what the hell do we believe?"