Bill Cosby has long refused to address allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women, and in this video interview, taped on November 6, before the most recent allegations surfaced, he’s steadfast in his decision not to answer questions on the matter.
However, it is the exchange that follows that is most uncomfortable. In short, Cosby, seated next to his wife Camille, is obviously upset that the AP interviewer brought up the allegations, when, according to Cosby, prior to the interview, he’d told them that questions on the sexual assault claims were not to be asked. Cosby requested that the reporter exclude that portion of the interview before broadcasting it, saying, “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”
He then challenged the reporter’s and the AP’s integrity, stating, “We thought, by the way, because it was AP, that it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question […] f you would tell your boss the reason why we didn’t say that up front is because we thought the AP had the integrity to not ask.”
Cosby currently stands to face multiple allegations of sexual assault from different women who claim he raped many them years ago, and, in reaction to those allegations, to avoid the controversy entirely, several Cosby programming plans at various TV networks (NBC, Netflix, TVLand notably) have been canceled.
Via statements presented by his attorneys, Cosby has denied the allegations.
How this is all going to end is a mystery to me. There’s clearly a sharp divide between those who believe this is all a witch-hunt, timed perfectly as Cosby looks to get back into the spotlight with a number of new projects, and those who think he’s being cuddled if only because he’s Bill Cosby, and he should be challenged to answer for what he’s alleged to have done in the past.
It’s worth noting that Cosby settled a civil suit in 2006 with another woman over an alleged incident.
But, while I’m not an attorney, his refusal to address recent allegations is likely advice given to him by his attorneys, because the law has something called a statute of limitation, which means that criminal charges or law suits must be filed within a certain period of
time, and, in each of Cosby’s cases, that time is pretty much long past, and all that these women have is a trial by media, with the end goal being to essentially sully his reputation. And even if he does address the allegations, he probably can’t be touched.
Where do you stand on this?