Bill Cosby has received an onslaught of negative press after the re-emergence of rαpe allegations, and he hasn’t been quick to address the accusations. As a consequence, Cosby’s appearance on David Letterman’s show was recently canceled, and during an interview with NPR, Cosby went silent instead of addressing the charges. Now, however, Cosby’s attorney is speaking out on the allegations.
During Cosby’s NPR appearance, the comedian just shook his head when asked about the allegations. He didn’t address the allegations, published in the Washington Post, of one women who said she was drugged and rαped by the beloved comedian.
Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmidt, said in a statement posted on the comedian’s website that his client would not be addressing the charges.
“Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced,” the statement said.
“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment,” the statement continues.
“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.”
The following exchange during an NPR interview garnered several headlines over the past few days:
SCOTT SIMON: “This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days.”
BILL COSBY: [SILENCE]
SIMON: “You’re shaking your head no. I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?”
SIMON: “Shaking your head no. There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance.”
SIMON: “Alright. Camille and Bill Cosby. They have lent 62 pieces from their collection of African and African-American art to create an exhibit called Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue. It’s now on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art through early 2016. Thank you both.”