Bill Cosby says in his 52 years of show business, he has never seen “anything like” the situation he has faced with more than 30 women coming forward to accuse him of sexual assault since November.
Cosby is in Alabama where the comedian is set to speak Friday to high school students and raise awareness about underfunded schools in Selma, reports ABC News.
In a taped interview with Good Morning America, when he is asked how he would respond if a child pressed him about the drugging and sexual assault allegations that have spanned decades, the 77-year-old comedian provides a somewhat disjointed answer.
“I think many of them say, ‘Well, you’re a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say the other.'” My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. Now, you wanna be here or you wanna be concerned about who is giving you the message.”
Bill Cosby was on Good Morning America to speak about his partnership with the Black Belt Community Foundation, as People reports. When asked whether he is concerned the recent firestorm of sexual assault allegations will overshadow his work with the foundation, the comedian says he has never seen anyone in show business be treated like he has.
“I have been in this business 52 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. Reality is the situation and I can’t speak.”
The comedian’s statements, albeit brief, are the first time the famed comedian has personally responded to questions about the drugging and sexual assault allegations lodged against him, although his representatives have repeatedly issued denials on his behalf.
The questioning of The Cosby Show dad comes just two weeks after two new accusers came forward. As the Inquisitr previously reported, Lili Bernard, one of the recent accusers to come forward, is seeking criminal charges against the comedian. Although never criminally charged, three accusers have brought a defamation lawsuit against Cosby.
As the Washington Post reports, his appearance on Good Morning America Friday is the comedian’s first public interview since he went silent about the sexual assault issue during an interview with NPR in November.
Bill Cosby plans to join students from Selma High School in a march Friday across Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police attacked peaceful protestors during the famed 1965 march to Montgomery.
More of the Good Morning America’s interview will air Friday on ABC’s Nightline.
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