Don’t expect any defense, explanations, or responses from Bill Cosby anytime soon. Earlier today Cosby’s lawyer, John P. Schmitt, released an official statement indicating that Cosby will not publicly respond to the sexual assault allegations brought against him publicly.
Although the allegations are decades old, they received new attention when standup comedian Hannibal Buress began talking about Cosby’s alleged sexual misconduct, the video became quite popular and reminded the world that the allegations were brought forth with no conclusion.
In his statement, Schmitt stated:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
This sudden statement was brought up after the events of this weekend. Cosby appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, where he refused to speak when asked about the allegations. Barbara Bowman, one of the women who stepped forward in the past, wrote a column for the Washington Post as well, asking why, after 30 years, the story is finally getting the attention it deserves. In light of the issue, the Late Show with David Letterman canceled Cosby’s appearance on the show.