Bill Cosby doesn’t have much faith in the media. Amid reports he raped at least a dozen women, the former sitcom star and longtime comedian spoke out to the New York Post's Page Six Friday, saying he anticipates that only members of the press who work for outlets owned by African Americans can remain impartial.
“Let me say this. I only expect black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he said.
Cosby, 77, did not directly address allegations by numerous women that he raped and drugged them over the course of four decades. The actor said he has been advised by his attorneys not to discuss the reports in which women— two of whom are models Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson — accuse him of illegal behavior.
Despite coming under fire for his alleged actions and rumors of a potential divorce, Cosby said his wife of 50 years, Camille, is standing by his side. “Love and the strength of womanhood," he said when asked how his wife was able to hold up under the recent media scrutiny. "Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love."
Johnson, 62, was the last woman to come forward with allegations against Cosby. In a Vanity Fair essay, the model said that at some point during the 1980s the actor promised to help her with her Hollywood career and after inviting her to his house he slipped drugs into her cappuccino. “I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged— and drugged good,” she wrote.
While Cosby has claimed innocence since the first allegations were released, it has had a noticeable effect on his career. Not only did TV Land discontinue reruns of his popular 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” other organizations have also cut also ties with the actor. In November, a sitcom he had been working on for NBC was also dropped. Earlier this month, the Temple University Board of Trustees announced that Cosby, a member of their board, had resigned. His star on Hollywood’s walk of fame has also recently been vandalized with the word “rapist.”
Although no criminal charges have been filed against Cosby, two women are taking legal action against him. Former model Tamara Green, who claims the actor drugged and raped her in the 1970s, has filed a defamation suit. Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times reported that claims made by Judy Huth, who says Cosby molested her at the Los Angeles Playboy Mansion when she was a minor, prompted an investigation by the LAPD.