As allegations of rape and sexual assault against comedian Bill Cosby continue to surface, the Associated Press has released a video of an interview one of their reporters had with Cosby at the beginning of the month. The video was shared with me by friend of the site Fersen Lambranho. In it, the reporter can be heard asking about the sexual assault allegations. Cosby immediately pressures the reporter to ignore or ‘scuttle’ his response to that question, as he will not be talking about it.
After the interview ends, the AP kept the cameras rolling and Cosby is seen to ask the reporter to make sure none of the comments he just made would be shown in any venue the AP may use.
That not being his call, the reporter responds by saying he did not believe Cosby had actually said anything, but he could not promise what would happen to his response. That was up to his bosses back at the Associated Press.
Cosby then asks him to ‘scuttle’ or ignore the question.
The AP, however, decided to publish the interview and Cosby’s follow up remarks today, as they believe, now the story has become so big, it would seem strange not to.
The news organization also released a statement saying it had never been agreed upon with Cosby or any of his representatives that they would not ask any questions about any sexual allegations.
Meanwhile, Bill Cosby did respond to the rape allegations of former supermodel Janice Dickinson yesterday. In a statement through a Cosby lawyer, the comedian said the story she is telling that he raped her in a hotel room in Lake Tahoe more than 30 years ago are ‘a complete lie’.
Janice Dickinson is just one of a number of women who have come forwarded in the last few weeks alleging Bill Cosby committed sexual assault against them. Cosby continues to say all of the claims are lies or fabrication.