Bill Cosby Reveals He Won't Take the Stand at His Sexual Assault Trial
His daughters claim he is the victim of racism.
Bill Cosby has revealed that he will not take the witness stand at his upcoming sexual assault trial.
The disgraced 79-year-old comedian, who's been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women, gave his first interview in more than two years to SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish ahead of his June 5 trial.
When asked if he wants to testify and tell his story, Cosby said, “No,” adding: “I just don't want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is the truthful answer as to whether I am opening a can of something.”
Two of Cosby's daughters, Erinn and Ensa, are also speaking out, claiming their embattled father is innocent, and the victim of racism.
The siblings released previously recorded statements to the radio show.
"The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning," Ensa said. "When he tried to defend himself, he was sued in civil court. I've seen the accusations become more horrific and extreme with time and I've witnessed my father's reputation and legendary works be dismissed without any proof.
“I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes that are alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal. How the charges came against him, how people believed them before they were ever scrutinized or tested, how people who questioned the claims were shut down and ignored."
She added: "The media created the story and the outcome before any court will ever test the claims. How my father is being punished by a society that still believes that black men rape white women that passes off as 'boys will be boys' when white men are accused. How the politics of our country prove my disgust. My father has been publicly lynched in the media. My family, my young daughter, my young niece and nephew have had to stand helplessly by and watch the double standards of pretending to protect the rights of some, but ignoring the rights of others and exposing innocent children to such appalling accusations about someone they love dearly and who has been so loving and kind to them is beyond cruel."
Erinn said that the ongoing accusations against her father have brought him pain and anguish.
“Over the last few years, my family has been forced to sit down and watch as our father has been attacked in the media,” she said. “I love my father and always have and always will. I believe in his innocence and I know how he values me."
At one point, Smerconish asked Cosby if he believes racism is a factor, and the comedian responded: “Could be. I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.”
Next month's trial involves just one accuser, Andrea Constand, who worked for Temple University in Philadelphia in 2004.
Fifty other women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct.
When asked by Smerconish if he believes the women are lying, Cosby replied: “I cannot answer that. All I have to do is say something similar to that and the next thing I know whoever it is, is saying you know, 'defamation, defamation, defamation,'"
Cosby was also asked why he was speaking out now, so close to the trial.
“I think it’s time for me to do something so that the people who still have faith in me and the people who are still wondering what I sound like,” he said.
Katherine McKee, who appeared on The Bill Cosby Show, has accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in the early 70s.
"Mr. Cosby is in a desperate situation right now," McKee said of the new interview. "I think it is a last ditch effort to get through this trial."
Cosby also talked about his blindness, which some have claimed he is faking.
“I have been registered in Massachusetts as legally unsighted and trust me; I have some bumps on my forehead and eyebrows that prove that there are certain things that I have walked into,” he said.
Cosby, who denies all sexual assault allegations against him, says he wants to resume his career one day.
“I still feel I have an awful lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of performance,” he said.
If convicted of all three counts, Cosby could face as much as 30 years in prison.
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