Bill Cosby is fighting back, yet again. Before the January 30th premiere of the confrontational W. Kamau Bell docuseries We Need To Talk About Cosby, the actor-comedian has responded to critics. In an emailed statement to Entertainment Weekly with a subject line that read “Official Response to PR Hack W. Kamau Bell’s Showtime Documentary, We Need to Talk About Cosby,” Cosby attempted to defend himself from sexual assault allegations.
“Mr. Cosby has spent more than 50 years standing with the excluded; made it possible for some to be included; standing with the disenfranchised; and standing with those women and men who were denied respectful work… because of race and gender… within the expanses of the entertainment industries,” a representative for Cosby said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “Mr. Cosby continues to be the target of numerous media that have, for too many years, distorted and omitted truths… intentionally.” Cosby’s rep went on to add that despite reports of allegations, “none have ever been proven in any court of law.”
“Mr. Cosby vehemently denies all allegations waged against him. Let’s talk about Bill Cosby. He wants our nation to be what it proclaims itself to be: a democracy.”
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bell responded to Cosby’s statement.
The funny thing about this is, because of how America works and how racism works here, there are ways in which a system of white supremacy would target a powerful Black man to bring him down — and that has happened throughout history in this country,” he said. “But that doesn’t always mean that the Black man didn’t do something wrong.” He continued: “There are racist forces that are happy for Bill Cosby’s downfall, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than 60 women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, and those aren’t credible accusations.”
The four-part documentary series We Need To Talk About Cosby premieres on Showtime Sunday, January 30th at 10 PM ET/PT.
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