Embattled TV icon Bill Cosby is suggesting that allegations of sexual assault that have been swirling around him may be motivated by racism. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Cosby, who is preparing to go on trial in June in a sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, talked about the race issue during a radio interview with Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM, which airs today.
Cosby was asked about racism allegations raised by his daughter Ensa, who released a statement Monday saying “racism has played a big role” in the scandal surrounding her father.
“Could be. Could be,” Cosby told Smerconish, following up on his daughter’s statement. “There are so many tentacles. So many different — ‘nefarious’ is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.”
Cosby also told Smerconish: “The piling on, so to speak, is a way — and certainly an impressive, impressive way — to get public opinion to come to the other side.”