Bill Cosby said in an interview that racism may be to blame for the sexual assault claims that have plagued him in the last few years and said that he won’t testify at his trial next month.
This is Bill Cosby’s first public interview since 2015, when dozens of women came forward to accuse the 79-year-old comedian of sexual assault.
At present he faces trial in Pennsylvania for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
During the interview with radio host Michael Smerconish, Cosby was asked if he believes racism has played a role in the allegations. “Could be, could be,” he answered. He described the charges as “nefarious” and said, “I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that…. When you look at the power structure and when you look at individuals, there are some people who can very well be motivated by whether or not they’re going to work or whether or not they might be able to get back at someone.”
He went on to say “I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer, as to whether or not I’m opening a can of something that I…my lawyers are scrambling.”
When asked whether his accusers are lying, Cosby declined to say: “I won’t and I cannot answer that.”
During the conversation, Cosby seemed to portray himself as being unjustly targeted by a “piling on,” saying it is “certainly an impressive way to get public opinion, to come to the other side.”
More than 50 women have accused the comedian of raped or sexually assault after been drugged. The allegations date as far back as the 1960s.