Bill Cosby broke his silence. Although he did not address the sexual assault and rape allegations against him, he instructed “black media” to be “neutral” and “uphold” journalistic standards of “excellence.” He also praised his wife, Camile Cosby, during the brief telephone interview with the New York Post.

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These latest remarks come weeks into the still-escalating media coverage of the allegations which have been brought by more than two dozen women, including most recently, the trailblazing iconic supermodel Beverly Johnson, days after fellow supermodel Janice Dickinson went public with allegations.

This time, as The New York Post reports, they reached him by phone at his residence in Massachusetts and he 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.”

The newspaper further reports that he spoke about his wife of 50 years, Camille Cosby, saying of her, “Love and the strength of womanhood.” He continued, saying, “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

Cosby has largely maintained silence, with his legal team issuing the occasional statement. Previously, Bill Cosby made comments to ‘Florida Today’ which also did not directly address the allegations. One can draw parallels to the tone of the remarks of that earlier interview in which he took radio stations to task for encouraging attendees at his comedy performances to heckle him. Similarly, in the previously unaired footage of an interview Cosby gave to AP — in which he declined to answer the reporter’s question about the sexual assault allegations — he told the reporter to “scuttle” the video and he says in part” we thought the AP had the integrity to not ask” about the allegations.

Much has happened since that pre-Thanksgiving weekend interview as the number of accusers who have come forward has grown considerably. Along with the aforementioned Beverly Johnson — who claimed Cosby drugged her at his New York City home during an interview for ‘The Cosby Show’ and Janice Dickinson — who claimed Cosby drugged and raped her at a Lake Tahoe hotel room in 1982 — there have been other women not as well known.

Among them, a former Playboy Bunny, P.J. Masten who also claims to know of at least a dozen other former Playboy bunnies whom Cosby sexually assaulted. Also leveling allegations, another former Playboy Bunny, Carla Ferrigno, wife of ‘The Incredible Hulk’ star. Cosby is being sued by one of his accusers, Judy Huth who claims he sexually assaulted her at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion in the 1970s when she was 17, and thus, underage. This has triggered an investigation of Cosby by the LAPD.

The story continues to develop, or perhaps, more accurately to escalate and intensify, as the number of accusers continues to increase.

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