Published May 16, 2017After years of ongoing sexual assault allegations, including over 50 women who have accused him of rape, Bill Cosby is set to go to trial next month. Before then, the disgraced comedian and actor has given a rare interview.
Cosby and his daughter Ensa offered a joint interview on Michael Smerconish's Sirius radio show. A snippet of the piece can be heard below.
The 79-year-old comedian said he could not discuss the sexual assault allegations, saying, "That's not something that, uh, any smart person would want to do." Cosby added that he did not expect to take the stand at his trial.
His daughter Ensa suggested that racism was one of the major factors in Cosby's multiple rape accusations. "Could be," Bill replied. "Could be."
Then he went into a long explanation about how racism was one of many potential factors in the accusations.
"It's not all, not every. But I do think that there is some [racism]," he said. "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 are going to work or whether or not they might be able to, um, get back at someone. So if it's in terms of whatever their choice is, I think you can also examine individuals and situations and they will come out differently."
Cosby also called the number of women accusing him of sexual assault "impressive," saying, "I think that the numbers came because the numbers prior to the numbers did 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."
Smerconish closed the interview by thanking Cosby for his time, at which point the actor replies, "I just hope I'm not in trouble now, man."
Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial starts on June 5.