Bill Cosby breaks silence after rape allegations

Comedian Bill Cosby says wife is standing by him and urges black American media to “be impartial” in reporting the story

Cosby declined to address the rape and sexual assault allegations

Cosby declined to address the rape and sexual assault allegations Photo: AP
Bill Cosby, the 77-year old black American comedian, has spoken briefly to the media and paid tribute to his wife for supporting him against a series of rape allegations.
A brief telephone interview with the New York Post was his first public utterance since speaking to Florida Today last month before performing to a sell-out audience.
Contacted by the New York Post at his home in Massachusetts, an “upbeat” Cosby was careful not to discuss the allegations – dating back over four decades – that he raped and sexually abused a number of women.
Instead, he launched into a brief speech on media ethics, when contacted by a freelance journalist.
Pointedly, he said he only expected fair treatment from African-American outlets.
“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he said.
During the brief telephone interview he also paid tribute to his wife of more than 50 years, Camille.
“Love and the strength of womanhood,” he said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
With more than two dozen women claiming that he drugged and raped them, Cosby has been advised by his lawyers not to discuss the allegations.
Mindful of the advice he then cut off the conversation abruptly.
“They don’t want me talking to the media,” he said.
The flood of allegations has already done considerable damage to Cosby’s career.
Once one of America’s most popular comedians, he has seen an appearance on the popular Letterman show cancelled.
Netflix also scrapped plans for a Cosby retrospective as more women gave up the right to anonymity and spoke out.
The most high profile figure to have done so is Janice Dickinson, a former supermodel. Now 59 years old, she accused Cosby of drugging a glass of wine and then sexually assaulting her in 1982. At the time Ms Dickinson was in rehab.
Similar allegations were made by another model, Beverly Johnson, in a first person piece she wrote for Vanity Fair. Earlier this month Los Angeles Police announced that they were launching an investigation into allegations that Cosby sexually assaulted another woman, Judy Huth, when she was only 15 years old.
Several of the accusers have engaged Gloria Allred, a high-profile California lawyer, to represent them
The allegations have been strongly denied by Martin Singer, Cosby’s lawyer.
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.”

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