Bill Cosby on Sex Abuse Al­le­ga­tions: ‘I Don’t Talk About it’

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By MICHAEL DEL MORO, DAN GOOD and BEN CANDEA

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

mis­con­duct.

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