Comedy legend Bill Cosby has addressed rape allegations that are piling up against him over the course of the past two months. The actor and comedian has thus far declined to comment on the claims.
In a recent interview, Cosby said: “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
In the wake of the allegations, six dates have been cancelled and 25 shows remain on the schedule.
Bill Cosby is on a pretty successful tour. He was given standing ovation when he performed at Melbourne, Florida on Friday.
Last weekend, the actor’s lawyer said that he will not be commenting on the “decade-old discredited” allegations, and concluded the statement on the actor’s website with “The fact that 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.”
His lawyers were also busy this week. On Saturday, a 13th woman, Kristina Ruehli, accused Cosby of sexual assault, claiming that she was 22 when the alleged incident took place in 1965, in the comedian’s home. She alleges that he drugged her and attempted to sexually assault her.
Andrea Constand claimed in 2006 that the comedian had drugged and assaulted her in his Philadelphia mansion in 2004. Those allegations were also firmly denied by his lawyers. As many as 13 alleged victims were proposing to testify, but the civil case with Constand settled in 2006 under undisclosed terms.
Apart from Ruehli and Constand, Cosby was accused of rape of Tamara Green, Beth Ferrier, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Linda Joy Traitz, supermodel Janice Dickinson, and some others.
Cosby has never been arrested or charged with any offence from these allegations.