Two years have passed since Bill Cosby’s last public interview. Since then, the comedian and actor has stayed silent. However, he is finally talking about the sexual assault allegations. He claims that racism might have been a contributing factor that led to dozens of women accusing him of sexual assault.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Michael Smerconish interviewed Cosby for a SiriusXM segment that is scheduled to air on Tuesday. Recently, the accused celebrity was asked about his daughter, Ensa Cosby, claiming that racism played a “big role in all aspects of this scandal.” How did the 79-year-old respond?
“Could be, could be. I can’t say anything, but there are certain things that I look at, and I apply to the situation, and there are so many tentacles. So many different — nefarious is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.”
Those that are following the trial know that Bill Cosby’s accusers include more than once race. When the actor and comedian was reminded of this fact, he came up with a new theory. That the women accusing him might have another agenda.
“Let me put it to you this way: 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. So if it’s in terms of whatever the choice is, I think that you can also examine individuals and situations and they will come out differently. So it’s not all, not every, but I do think that there’s some.”
Next month, Bill Cosby will go to trial. He was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in January 2004 at his Pennsylvania mansion. This is only one woman of more than 50 who has accused Cosby of similar crimes. Some of the crimes allegedly took place decades ago. In this case, he has pleaded not guilty.
Constand says that Bill Cosby gave her wine and three pills. He told her they were herbal stress relievers. However, after approximately 30 minutes, the pills left her without the ability to speak or move. Then, she says Cosby “sexually violated me without me consenting.” In December 2015, he was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. According to Vulture, it is a second-degree felony.
Even though Bill Cosby has entered a not guilty plea, an unsealed deposition from Constand and Cosby’s civil suit reveals he admitted to drugging the woman, who was 31 at the time. However, he claims the sex was consensual. His lead attorney, Angela Agrusa, said in an interview that their strategy is to change the optics. Vulture explained that they plan on trying to convince the jury that Cosby is a victim of the media.
“Their main argument against the high number of accusers — who can’t be mentioned at the trial anyway — is ‘false memory creation,’ a phenomenon of the mind that suggests that consistently being presented a certain set of news (like that Cosby is an alleged serial abuser) can distort public memory and cause people to think things that didn’t happen did.”
What do you think of Bill Cosby claiming that racism is a contributing factor in his sexual assault accusations? Do you think the actor and comedian will be found innocent or guilty? What are your thoughts on the defense legal team’s strategy?
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