Bill Cosby’s Latest Response To His Rape Allegations Was Painfully Awkward
The resurfacing of rape allegations against Bill Cosby has plagued the comedian/actor in recent weeks, and he literally has nothing to say about it. In an interview with NPR’s "Weekend Edition Saturday," Cosby and his wife Camille appeared on the show to discuss their lending of artwork to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. But when the conversation took a turn towards the controversy, Cosby immediately shut down. "This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days,” host Scott Simon said. Cosby’s response? Dead silence. Shaking his head, Cosby refused to offer a reply to Simon who attempted to ask the question again. "I'm in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?" The actor continued to shake his head. "There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance," Simon said, only to receive more silence. Simon took to Twitter following the interview to share that his sentiments about having to inquire about the rape allegations:
I'll respond to @BillCosby questions later. For moment: yes, I hated to have to ask about charges in front of Mrs. Cosby.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) November 15, 2014
Earlier this week, an attempt to allow his fans to create memes of Cosby went terribly wrong. He has since also cancelled his scheduled appearance (Nov. 19) on The Late Show With David Letterman. Listen to the NPR clip below.