Cosby was a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition to discuss his African art collection, but when host Scott Simon asked him about the multiple sex assault accusations he's been hit with, the iconic comedian clammed up. (The recording is available in the first tweet below.)
Cosby's lawyer later released a statement on the matter, but it pretty much said nothing — and neither will Cosby.
"Over the past several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Bill Cosby have resurfaced," the statement read. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."
Simon addressed the interview, and specific portions of the lawyer's statement, on Twitter.
1) I did not see Camille Cosby's reaction because I looked directly at Mr. Cosby. That question was for him alone, not her.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
2a) I have never interviewed @billclinton But yes, I would ask him such questions if fact warranted. This being noted-— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
2b) few public figures have already had to answer questions about sexual conduct in public as @billclinton already has.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
3a) The charges against Mr. Cosby have not been "discredited" as his atty suggests. There were out of court settlements-— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
3b)-this noted, Barbara Bowman & Tamara Green have been outspoken, & not in settlement. Mr. Cosby free to talk.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
3c) & charges are worth reading. Not just personal philandering. Serious physical assault of many women over time.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
4a) Mr. Cosby's ppl approached us for interview on occasion of lending art to Smithsonian. & we talked about it. But-— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
4B)-once charges publicized, we could not duck asking. We even felt he might welcome the chance to say, "It's not true."— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
A last thought now: Mr. Cosby was w/ his famous Hollywood PR man. He could not have been "ambushed" by my question.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
I interview people to get them to say something interesting, & now all this attention to someone who said nothing.— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 17, 2014
In the midst of Cosby's failed attempt at regaining control of his reputation, another woman has stepped forward with a familiar story: That Cosby drugged and raped her when he was supposed to be guiding her career.
Explaining the first incident, Joan Tarshis wrote in an essay for Hollywood Elsewhere, "The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed. Through the haze I thought I was being clever when I told him I had an infection and he would catch it and his wife would know he had sex with someone. But he just found another orifice to use. I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one."
She described another incident she says occurred after she attended a theater production with him at her mother's insistence.
"The next thing I remember was waking up in his bed back at the Sherry, naked," she wrote. "I remember thinking, "You old shit, I guess you got me this time, but it’s the last time you'll ever see me.' During those years as I grew into adulthood, I watched Cosby be praised by everyone from presidents to Oprah to the Jell-O corporation. It all made me ill."
Don't expect Cosby to discuss this latest charge, either.
UPDATE: A new statement has been posted on Cosby's website, referring to the 2005 lawsuit Simon mentioned in his tweets.
"Joint statement from Dolores Troiani, counsel to Andrea Constand, and John P. Schmitt, counsel to Bill Cosby," it begins.
"The statement released by Mr. Cosby’s attorney over the weekend was not intended to refer in any way to Andrea Constand. As previously reported, differences between Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand were resolved to the mutual satisfaction of Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand years ago. Neither Mr. Cosby nor Ms. Constand intends to comment further on the matter."
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