Although Bill Cosby has been advised by his lawyer to keep quiet about rape and sexual abuse allegations from more than two dozen women, the embattled comedian and TV icon has broken his silence.
“Let me say this," Cosby told New York Post reporter Stacy Brown on Friday. "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."
Brown often writes for the black media, the Post story noted.
While Cosby wouldn't address the allegations against him, the 77-year-old did say that Camille, his wife of more than 50 years, is remaining strong in the face of the firestorm around Cosby.
“Love and the strength of womanhood,” Cosby told the Post. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
Then, Brown reported, Cosby cut off their chat.
“They don’t want me talking to the media,” he told the Post.
The latest woman to come forward in regard to Cosby is Beverly Johnson, the first black woman to appear on the cover of American Vogue. Johnson penned an essay published by Vanity Fair in which she alleged that in the mid-1908s Cosby drugged her but didn't sexually assault her.
"For a long time I thought it was something that only happened to me, and that I was somehow responsible," Johnson wrote. "So I kept my secret to myself, believing this truth needed to remain in the darkness. But the last four weeks have changed everything, as so many women have shared similar stories, of which the press have belatedly taken heed."
(H/T: New York Post)