The Associated Press has released new video of Bill Cosby refusing to respond to rape and sexual assault allegations. On camera, he is seen tells the AP reporter he wants the video “scuttled.” However, it is now seeing the light of day.
In the midst of the growing firestorm, the interview, which was conducted on November 6th, has been released. The 77-year-old Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille Cosby are interviewed jointly. As with the NPR’s Weekend Edition interview with Scott Simon, the ostensible subject matter was the couple’s lending of dozens of works of African art to the Smithsonian Institute for an exhibition.
But, as seen in the video, the reporter also asked Cosby about the decades-old allegations which have recently been in the news increasingly, as women come forward and speak out, claiming the comedy icon sexually assaulted them. Ironically, lawsuits and interviews of the various women never created the groundswell of attention that the standup comedy routine of one Hannibal Buress did. Once he called Cosby a “rapist” and the video went viral, now the allegations are being examined seriously.
So seriously, in fact, that the Associated Press chose to release previously unreleased footage of the interview.
Cosby’s demeanor and reaction to the reporter are drawing notice and you can see the full video below.
He tells the reporter in response to a question about the sexual assault allegations, No, no. We don’t answer that.”
When the reporter presses him, he says, “There’s no response.”
Asked if people should view him differently now, Cosby replies, saying, “There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I think you were told — I don’t want to compromise your integrity — but I don’t talk about it.”
Later, after the conclusion of the interview, the cameras are still rolling and they record Bill Cosby saying, “Now can I get something from you? That none of that will be shown.”
He goes on to say, “I know I didn’t say anything. But I’m asking with your integrity that since I didn’t want to say anything, but I did answer you in terms of I don’t want to say anything, to what value will it have.” And, finally, he says, “And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”
He then begins to take the Associated Press to task, saying, “And we thought, by the way, because it was AP, that it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question. If you would tell your boss the reason why we didn’t say that up front is because we thought the AP had the integrity to not ask.”
Cosby is then seen telling someone from his own team to get on the phone “immediately” with the reporter’s boss.
The full video, as released by the Associated Press, is below.