In newly released footage of an interview with the Associated Press taped Nov. 6, Bill Cosby refuses to answer questions about allegations that he sexually assaulted women.
With his wife seated next to him, Cosby says, “There’s no response,” when he’s asked about the allegations. The couple reportedly took part in the interview to talk about artwork they had loaned to a Washington, D.C., exhibition.
“There is no comment about that, and I’ll tell you why,” Cosby said. “I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.”
In footage recorded after the main part of the interview, with Cosby and his wife still wearing microphones, Cosby requests that the exchange not be released, discussing his position both with the reporter and with people behind the cameras.
He requests that no footage be released from the part of the interview in which he was asked about the allegations. “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” Cosby says.
At one point Cosby tells the reporter: “I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, that it will not appear anywhere.”
Cosby adds: “We thought, by the way, because it was AP, that it wouldn’t be necessary to go over that question. … If you will just tell your boss the reason why we didn’t say that up front was because we thought that AP had the integrity to not ask.”
Here’s the video released by the AP: