A new video has surfaced of a seemingly awkward encounter with Bill Cosby and an AP reporter who questioned the comedian about his recent sex abuse allegations.
The reporter, who was interviewing Cosby and his wife during an art exhibit at the Smithsonian, asked the 77-year-old if he wanted to address the ongoing reports. In response, Cosby said “we don’t answer that.” When the reporter continued to prompt an answer, Cosby continued to say “no comment,” before becoming slightly defensive.
“There is no comment about that … I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it,” Bill explained. But then, he asked the reporter, “Now can I get something from you? That none of that be shown.”
“I’m asking your integrity that since I didn’t want to say anything, but I did answer you in terms of I don’t want to say anything of what value will it have,” Cosby said, before calling out a woman standing in the room who agreed that the question had no value.
The 77-year-old asked for AP to “scuttle” the tape and told the reporter “if you want to consider yourself to be serious, that it will not appear anywhere … We thought AP had the integrity to not ask.”
According to Cosby’s rep, who was in the room during the interview, three writers from AP previously contacted their team about whether or not they could ask about the allegations. Apparently, they all agreed that nothing would be discussed about Cosby’s alleged past.
As the discussion came to a close, Cosby told a rep in the room to call the reporters “people” immediately. It’s also worth noting that interview was shot on November 6, which means that AP held the interview until now.