“Bill Cosby, in the midst of a serious PR crisis as accusations about him sexually assaulting women make headlines around the world, has decided to stay silent,” reports The Washington Post.
Here is Cosby being asked about the allegations on a NPR (National Public Radio) show that was broadcast today, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. Asking the questions is Scott Simon, a longtime NPR reporter and host who is the anchor of Weekend Edition Saturday.
The Post story continues, “The interview comes a couple days after Cosby’s name quietly disappeared from the ‘Late Show With David Letterman’ guest line-up for next week. Cosby was supposed to appear on the show on Wednesday. Then, late this week, his name was gone and replaced with talk show host Regis Philbin.
“There’s no word on whether the cancellation was Cosby’s idea or the show’s. Letterman’s publicist told the Associated Press, ‘We can’t comment on the guest booking process.’ ”
The Post adds, “Although Cosby [now 77 years old] has been accused of sexual assault in the past by more than a dozen women — including in a civil lawsuit settled in 2004 — the story didn’t get much consistent mainstream attention until this fall, when during a stand-up routine, comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist.
“This point was made by an op-ed in The Post that went viral this week, as actress Barbara Bowman detailed her experience in a first-person account called ‘Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?’ ”