Bill Cosby on Sex Abuse Allegations: ‘I Don’t Talk About it’
Bill Cosby refused to answer questions about sex assault allegations made against him by various women and he requested that his no comment be “scuttled” during a newly released interview with The Associated Press.
In the Nov. 6 interview, Cosby, 77, said “There’s no response,” and “I don’t talk about it,” when asked about the allegations. He also asked the AP reporter that his on-camera refusal to comment about the allegations not be used, saying, “And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”
The video was released Wednesday after TV Land pulled planned repeats of “The Cosby Show” from its schedule and NBC and Netflix shelved projects with the comedian. A TV Land spokesperson told ABC News the shows will stop airing immediately. The next airing was scheduled for Sunday.
A spokeswoman for NBC said the network’s Cosby project was no longer in development, but offered no further comment. A source close to the project added that it was still in its nascent stages. There was no delivered script and the project had not been green-lit to production.
David Brokaw, a representative for Cosby, couldn’t be reached for comment about the decisions made by TV Land and NBC. Netflix postponed the launch of a new Bill Cosby stand-up comedy special, a spokesman with the streaming service told ABC News.
“Bill Cosby 77,” which was taped on Cosby’s 77th birthday in July, was scheduled to premiere on Netflix on Nov. 27 with a focus on topics such as marriage, relationships and children.
“At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special ‘Bill Cosby 77,’” Netflix said in a statement.
“My client agrees with Netflix,” Brokaw said.
Cosby, who has never been criminally charged in connection with the allegations and has repeatedly denied them in the past, was first publicly accused of assault 10 years ago. The allegations have gained attention in recent weeks as a number of women have come forward.
John P. Schmitt, Cosby’s lawyer, posted a notice Sunday to the famed comedian’s website, saying Cosby would not be addressing “decade-old, discredited allegations,” even though some women have recently come forward for the first time publicly.
“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true,” Schmitt said in the statement. “There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”
Once a celebrated American comedian, actor and public speaker,
Bill Cosby is now embroiled in allegations of rape and sexual