Sexual assault trial begins next month.
Jury selection will begin next week in Philadelphia in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. The defamed comedian and actor said he won’t testify, but had plenty to say to Michael Smerconish on Sirius XM.
Commenting on the more than 50 women who have come forth, charging him with drugging, sexual assault and rape as far back as the 1970s, Cosby suggested that many of the allegations are based on racism.
The case that will be heard beginning next month involves Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who claimed Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. It is the only criminal case that has resulted in a trial. The statute of limitation has run out for dozens of other accusers. Cosby said his encounter with Constand was consensual, and has sued some of the other women for defamation.
In an interview with Smerconish that aired Tuesday, Cosby said: "I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that (racism)." It is the first recorded interview since he was charged in December 2015.
The sitcom star spoke in vague, general terms, referring to his accusers as “individuals” and “some people.”
In regards to the racism claim, Smerconish pointed out that Cosby's accusers are both black and white. But Cosby insisted that some were motivated by racism and were out to get revenge:
"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," Cosby said.
He added: "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, it's not every, but I do think that there's some."
Last month, Cosby spoke with a consortium of black-owned newspapers. However, despite claims of racism, very few blacks outside Cosby’s circle of family and friends have come to his defense. Many in the black community were offended when the comedian harshly criticized poor black kids for wearing sagging pants and not speaking “proper English.”
The majority of women who accused Cosby of assaulting them decades ago maintain they didn’t come forward earlier because he was such a powerful figure in Hollywood. They felt no one would have taken them seriously.
The 79-year old comic faces 10 years in prison if convicted on felony sex assault charges. The trial begins on June 5.