Bill Cosby broke his silence — briefly — amid mounting sex abuse allegations, and has a message for the Black media covering his case: stay objective. Speaking to Stacy Brown, a reporter for Page Six who also writes for various Black media outlets, Cosby said, “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.”
While the sitcom star wouldn't comment on the growing number of allegations from women who claimed he drugged and raped them — the most recent being former supermodel Beverly Johnson — he did talk about the love and support of his wife, Camille Cosby, these past few weeks.
“Love and the strength of womanhood,” he said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
Cosby then quickly cut off the conversation with Brown, which took place over the phone. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” he concluded before hanging up.
More than two dozen women have publicly claimed that the Cosby Show star drugged and raped them, with allegations beginning in the 1960s. While statute of limitation laws mean Cosby won't likely be tried for most of the alleged sex crimes, it seems unlikely his public image will ever recover from the scandal.
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