Bill Cosby blames racism for sexual assault allegations

  • 17/05/2017
Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping women (file)
Cosby has been accused of drugging and raping women (file)

Comedian Bill Cosby will not give evidence when he stands trial for sexual assault next month.

But he has given an extraordinary interview to a radio programme in which he appears to suggest racism could be behind the many claims against him.

The entertainer spoke to SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish.

Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

Dozens of additional women have gone public with similar stories. He says his accusers were "piling on".

The comedian insists he is not trying to influence jurors but the interview could be seen as a way to soften his image.

For two years or more, there has been relentless publicity against him. However the 79-year-old says he feels he still has a lot to contribute as a performer.

Cosby also says his health is generally good, but glaucoma has left him legally blind and he says he has never lost the support of his wife during the scandal.

CBS News.