Bill Cosby has briefly broken his silence since a wave of sexual allegations resurfaced against him, asking the media to stay “neutral” and saying that his wife is holding up amid the scandal.
Cosby has largely stayed silent since allegations became public once more, but spoke to the New York Post’s Page Six when the publication reached him at his Manhattan home, reportedly sounding upbeat on the phone.
“Let me say this,” he said. “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.”
When asked how his wife is holding up, he said, “Love and the strength of womanhood.”
“Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood,” he added. “And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
He then reportedly cut off the conversation, saying, “They don’t want me talking to the media.”
More than 20 woman have gone public with varying accusations of drugging and sexual assault against the 77-year-old comedian. The latest is model and actress Beverly Johnson, who told Vanity Fair that she was not raped by Cosby, but that he did drug a cappuccino he gave her in 1986.
In another recent development, 55-year-old Judy Huth came forward to accuse Cosby of raping her at the Playboy mansion when she was 15 in 1974.
Cosby is being represented by attorneys Martin Singer and John B. Schmitt. While Cosby has largely stayed quiet, Singer has been vocal in his denial of claims, calling Huth’s accusations “unreliable” and “untimely.”