The New York Post managed to speak with Bill Cosby on Friday and he actually opened up about the allegations of sexual assault that have been swirling around him. He didn’t open up much, probably for good reason, but it is the first time the comedian has spoken on the record about the accusations.
“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,” Cosby said.
The comedian, who is being represented by the Manhattan-based crisis-management company Hiltzik Strategies and attorneys Martin Singer and John B. Schmitt, said he has been advised not to talk to reporters about the ongoing allegations.
Cosby then added in some details about how his wife has been dealing with this crisis and holding up under the public scrutiny:
“Love and the strength of womanhood,” he said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
Then Cosby cut off the conversation. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” he said.(via)
It’d be easy to say that this is some well placed PR, but that’d be all speculation. I do find it hard to believe that someone in Cosby’s situation would just let this slip casually to the media without having his leash tugged a bit.
It’s a lot better than staying silent, though. Even if it almost too little, too late.