Timothyna Duncan, Daily Mail, May 16, 2017
Bill Cosby says racism could be to blame for his sexual assault lawsuit during his first interview on the allegations in two years.
Cosby, 79, sat down with Sirius XM host Michael Smerconish, 55, during an interview that will air on Tuesday, and answered ‘could be’ when the presenter asked about his daughter’s claim that ‘racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal’.
‘So many different — nefarious is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.’
But Smerconish also noted that both Black and White women had accused him.
To which the fallen comedian answered: ‘Let me put it to you this way: When you look at the power structure, and when you look at individuals, there are some people who can very well be motivated by whether or not they’re going to work.
‘Or whether or not they might be able to get back at someone. So if it’s in terms of whatever the choice is, I think that you can also examine individuals and situations and they will come out differently.
‘So it’s not all, not every, but I do think that there’s some.’
But Lili Bernand, a Cosby accuser who was born in Cuba but identifies as Black, has reiterated that racial discrimination has ‘nothing to do with it’.
‘What about us black women whom he sexually violated?’ Bernard told NBC in November 2016.
‘We’re talking about a man who serially raped at least 60 women and that’s where the focus must be, race has nothing to do with it.’
This isn’t the first time Cosby and his legal team have cited racial discrimination as the basis for the allegations. Last October, his attorneys filed a motion to a Pennsylvania criminal court and called the ‘racial bias’ against their client ‘unfortunate’.
‘We cannot ignore the unfortunate role that racial bias still plays in our criminal justice system,’ the attorneys wrote in their motion to dismiss.
Last May, a Pennsylvania judge said there was enough evidence to try Cosby, who is facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault, each charge carrying a ten-year maximum sentence.