Archived: Bill Cosby Asks Black Media to Stay 'Neutral'

By Julissa Catalan

Bill Cosby finally broke his silence on Friday.

Though he did not respond to the mounting abuse allegationscurrently more than two dozen women, including supermodels Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson, have accused him of sexual assaulthe did have a message he wanted to send out specifically to Black news outlets.

“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 told the New York Post.

During his long career, Cosby has been known as a pillar in the Black community, consistently supporting Black education. He even made a $20 million donation to Spelman College.

When asked how his wife, Camille, was doing throughout the controversy, Cosby added, “Love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

Cosby then said, “They don’t want me talking to the media,” before hanging up with the reporter.

The they he was speaking of is his legal team, Martin Singer and John B. Schmitt, who have advised Cosby not to comment on the allegations.

Camille Cosby came to his defense on Monday when she released the following statement:

“I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were married in 1964. The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.”

Also addressing the media, Mrs. Cosby said, “There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before the stories are published or aired.”

“We all followed the story of the article in the ‘Rolling Stone’ concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heartbreaking, but ultimately appears to be proven untrue. Many in the media were quick to link that to stories about my husbanduntil that story unwound.”

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