Comedian Bill Cosby said that "some" of the multiple sexual assault allegations made against him "could be" the result of racism.
More than 60 women came forward in recent years and alleged that they were victims of sexual assault at Cosby's hands. Cosby was charged late last year in relation to one of those cases: the alleged 2004 sexual assault of a woman who was then an employee at Temple University, according to Deadline Hollywood.
Cosby's trial is scheduled to begin in suburban Pittsburgh next month. The famous comedian could face up to 10 years in prison, if convicted.
Cosby's daughter, Esna Cosby, said in an audio statement released Monday that the only victim is her father.
"I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him. And I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal," Esna Cosby said.
Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish spoke with Bill Cosby on his show Tuesday morning. Smerconish asked Cosby if he agrees with his daughter.
"Could be. Could be," Bill Cosby said. "I can't say anything but there are certain things that I look at and I apply to the situation and, there are so many tentacles, so many — nefarious is a great word — and I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that."
Smerconish reminded Cosby that his "accusers are both black and white." Cosby then blamed the "power structure" for his legal problems.
The 79-year-old comedian went on to suggest that some of the women may have made the allegations against him for their own self-interests.
When you look at the power structure and when you look at individuals, there are some people who can very well be motivated by whether or not they're going to work or whether or not they might be able to get back at someone. So in terms of whatever their choice is, I think that you can also examine individuals and situations, and they will come out differently. So it's not all, not every, but I do think there's some.
(H/T: New York Post)