Bill Cosby's Lawyer Makes a Statement About Sexual Assault Allegations
By Rosalyn Oshmyansky
Bill Cosby's lawyer, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement today about Cosby's sexual assault allegations.
On the actor and comedian's website, Schmitt writes:
Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.
The statement comes after Barbra Bowman alleged that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby, and in a recent Washington Postpiece, she questions why she wasn't believed. She claims she was drugged and raped by him upon meeting him at the age of 17 in 1985.
Before this, Broad City comedian Hannibal Buress called him a "rapist" during a comedy show in Philadelphia in October. Online backlash resulted and just last week, when Cosby's social media team created a meme-generator to ask fans to meme him, Cosby's rape allegations became various memes.
The 77-year-old actor and comedian was scheduled to appear on the Late Show with David Letterman next Wednesday, and his spokesman confirmed that Cosby would not appear but did not give reason.
Back in 2006, Cosby settled a civil suit with another woman over an alleged incident two years before. The woman's attorney claimed she had 13 other victims willing to testify against the comedian for similar misconduct. Cosby has denied these charges.