Bill Cosby has given a response, albeit a brief one, to the growing number of allegations against him. At least 23 women have spoken to the media and accused the 77-year-old actor and comedian of rape and other sexual assaults.
New York Post reporter Stacy Brown reached Cosby at home on Friday. Cosby told the reporter that he expects "the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism." He did not directly address the allegations.
While this is not the first time allegations of this sort have been made of the actor, this time around Cosby is experiencing some very public consequences. On Monday Spelman College announced it was indefinitely suspending the Cosby Chair for the Humanities. The position was created after Cosby and his wife Camille donated $20 million to the historically black school in the late 1980s.
Cosby has also stepped down from the board of Temple University. He attended the school in the early 1960s.
Brown, the Post reporter, wrote that Cosby "sounded upbeat on the phone." He ended the conversation by reiterating that his team doesn’t want him talking to the media. Brown said in an interview that he had been in talks with the comedian’s team for the past three and a half weeks.
Brown thought he was close to securing an interview until the team changed their minds. The conversation left him with the impression that Cosby wants to tell his side of the story, but is listening to his advisors instead.
Beverly Johnson, the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Vogue, is one of the most recent women to come forward with a story about Cosby. In an article written for Vanity Fair last week, she claimed Cosby drugged her and tried to attack her in the 1980s when she was interested in appearing on The Cosby Show.
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