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Damon Wayans Dismisses Bill Cosby Rape Accusations as ‘Money Hoax’

Damon Wayans has made some controversial remarks about the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations, calling it a “money hoax” by “unrapeable” women.

Speaking in an interview with New York station Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club,” Wayans dismissed allegations, saying, “I just don’t believe it. I think it’s a money hustle.”

“If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all my money, and then I would go do a deposition,” Wayans said, prompted by the question of what advice he would give to Cosby. “I would light one of them three-hour cigars. I’d have some wine and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off, because I don’t believe that he was raping.”

Wayans further called out the women for timing, adding, “How big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for 40 years?”

After backlash started to come in as Wayans’ comments circulated, took to Twitter to defend himself: “Stop twisting my words,” he wrote on Saturday. “Watch the entire interview before u condemn me!”

More than 40 women have now come out with sexual assault accusations against Cosby, with many of the alleged rapes having occurred in the ’70s and ’80s.

“Some of them really [are] un-rape-able,” he said of the accusers. “I just look at them and go, ‘You don’t want that. Get out of here.'”

Wayans also pointed to white men in Hollywood, namely “7th Heaven’s” Stephen Collins and Woody Allen, noting that Collins’ show is still airing and Allen is still making films despite sexual assaults allegations brought against them.

Wayans didn’t leave Hannibal Buress out, either, saying of the comedian who helped resurface the claims against Cosby, “I wonder how he feels, being the dude that destroyed Bill Cosby?”

Wayans also talked about being fired from “Saturday Night Live,” co-creating “In Living Color” and Tracy Morgan’s car accident, claiming that Morgan will receive $90 million in his settlement with Walmart. Watch the full interview below.

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