BILL COSBY has said racism could be to blame for his sexual assault lawsuit during his first interview on the allegations in two years.
The 79-year-old comedian spoke out on whether he agreed with his daughter Ensa's statement that racism played a role in his scandal.
He said, "Could be, could be". "There are certain things that I look at, and I apply to the situation, and...there are so many tentacles". "I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that".
In a Facebook video, Smerconish explained that he had been approached by Cosby's PR team and asked to air audio of statements of support from Cosby daughters Ensa and Erinn, as well as a long conversation between Cosby and Erinn about his life before the scandal.
In that deposition, Cosby described sexual liaisons with a string of young women, some of whom say he sexually assaulted them after giving them drugs or alcohol.
In the same Sirius XM interview, Cosby claimed that alleged victims were "piling on" and that their actions were "certainly an impressive, impressive way to get public opinion to come to the other side". The jury selection for the upcoming trial of his case is set to begin in Pittsburgh on May 22.
He closed the interview in saying that he still wanted to motivate people "to make changes in themselves and the home life" and and "move them in a direction away from apathy sometimes, sometimes away from fear".
But he was crystal clear about his desire to return to performing - no matter the outcome of his trial: "I still feel like I have an terrible lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance".
"I have an emotion about what the judge did, and I'm still very much confused about how that came about and caused whatever is happening today", Cosby said.
Smerconish, an author and cable-television personality who lives in Montgomery County, Pa., where Cosby's trial will be held, said he would only air portions of that interview if he were able to interview the comedy legend himself. "But I must say, I'm surprised by how much he did address".
Though he claimed that he was not at liberty to speak openly about the allegations, Cosby made it clear that he will not testify against Andrea Constand, the first woman who went public with her sexual abuse allegations against him a decade ago.
Cosby gave carefully measured answers throughout the interview, saying jokingly that he didn't want his lawyers upset with him.
He said he did not do the interview to try to influence the jury: "You can't aim at jurors".
The timing of these statements is no coincidence; Cosby is due back in court on June 5 to start what many feel will be a two-week trial on three aggravated sexual assault charges. And what people want to say and want you to say and how they maneuver, and, yes, I do have lawyers protect me...
The Pennsylvania case is the only criminal charge brought against Cosby so far.