With Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial scheduled to begin on June 5, the embattled comedian has broken his silence by giving his first interview in two years, revealing he won’t be testifying at the trial.
In an interview with Michael Smerconish on his Sirius XM radio show, Cosby suggested that the more than 50 women who have accused him of sexual assault are “piling on” and implied that racism is underlying the accusations.
During the interview, Cosby was asked whether he’d be testifying in the trial, and he said he wouldn’t, discussing how lawyers are able to twist the words of a witness.
“When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, et cetera, et cetera, more than two sides to every story – sometimes it’s four or five,” said Cosby.
As Corus Radio reports, two of Cosby’s daughters recently released statements declaring their father’s innocence, with Ensa Cosby insisting that “racism has played a big role in all aspects of the scandal.”
Asked by Smerconish whether he agrees with that assessment, Cosby said: “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.”
As for the sheer volume of women who have come forward with misconduct accusations, he said, “I think that the numbers came because the numbers prior to the numbers didn’t work. So the piling on, so to speak, is a way — and certainly an impressive, impressive way — to get public opinion to come to the other side.”
In addition, the 79-year-old comedian insisted that he plans to return to performing when the trial is over. “I still feel that I have an awful lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance,” he said.
Earlier this week, Cosby took to Twitter to send love to his wife and children, including his late son Ennis, who was fatally shot in 1997 during an attempted carjacking.
“I love you Camille, Erika, Erin, Ensa & Evin — keep fighting in Spirit Ennis,” tweeted Cosby on Monday.
This isn’t the first time that Cosby has referenced his late son in recent days. In an earlier tweet from May 12, Cosby shared a photo in which he’s being presented with a portrait of himself, with a large bust of Ennis Cosby visible in the background.
The painting, apparently titled Restoration of a Legacy, is the work of artist Michael Atkins.
With jury selection in the upcoming trial to begin on May 22, one of the comedian’s daughters has come out in praise of her father, denying the stories of his accusers.
Cosby’s youngest daughter, Evin Cosby, released a lengthy statement on Facebook on Apr. 26 that blasted the “cruelty” of the media and refuting the characterization that her father is a rapist and admitting that while her dad wasn’t faithful to her mother throughout their marriage, the couple has managed to put that behind them.
“The public persecution of my dad, my kids’ grandfather, and the cruelty of the media and those who speak out branding my father a ‘rapist’ without ever knowing the truth and who shame our family and our friends for defending my dad, makes all of this so much worse for my family and my children,” she wrote.
“He is not abusive, violent or a rapist,” added Evin Cosby. “Sure, like many celebrities tempted by opportunity, he had his affairs, but that was between him and my mother. They have worked through it and moved on, and I am glad they did for them and for our family.”
In her statement, Evin Cosby also discussed her brother’s death. “I thought when my brother Ennis was murdered, that was the worst nightmare of all time,” she wrote. “It’s so hurtful to this day. I try to block out the day he was killed, but that pain has only worsened in these last few years. For some reason, my family’s pain has been a trigger for people to seize upon us harder.”