Bill Cosby’s strategy to just keep quiet about the seemingly never-ending rape allegations is not working. People want him to talk about these horrible claims, even though we all know what he’s going to say. Cosby must think his tactic is smart, because he even pressured an AP reporter to delete questions about the rape from a video interview.
On November 6, an AP reporter asked Cosby about the allegations during an interview about his art collection. Cosby replied “There’s no response. There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I don’t want to compromise your integrity, but I don’t talk about it.”
As the interview ended, the camera was still running. Cosby then tried pressure the reporter to omit the rape questions. “I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” said Cosby. “I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious that it will not appear anywhere. If you will just tell your bosses the reason why we didn’t say that up front was because we thought that the AP had the integrity to not ask.”
The AP didn’t initially publish the rape exchange with the interview, but as more allegations came forward, the agency decided to release the full video. One thing that sticks out to us? Cosby questioning someone’s integrity. The irony is disturbingly thick.