Comedian Bill Cosby, who has remained mostly silent amid continually growing sexual assault allegations, decided to speak with a reporter this week.
Cosby spoke with a New York Post writer, who also writes for black media outlets, in a phone conversation from his Massachusetts home, saying:
Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that, you have to go in with a neutral mind.
He added that his wife, Camille, remained strong amid the accusations:
Love and the strength of womanhood.
Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.
Cosby told the reporter that he wasn’t supposed to speak with media, reports The Wrap.
Instead, his attorney, Marty Singer, has been issuing statements on his client’s behalf.
Cosby broke his silence once before, in November, telling Florida Today:
I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.
Cosby attorney Martin Singer also previously released a statement saying:
The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40, or even 50 years ago have escalated far past the point of absurdity.
The iconic family comedian has been accused of drugging and raping women throughout the span of his career, most recently by model Beverly Johnson.
In the wake of the allegations, NBC cancelled a planned Cosby project.
The comedian has also been distanced from his former alma mater, Hugh Hefner, and the United States Navy.