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Bill Cosby Told an AP Reporter Not to Air Sexual Assault Denial

During an interview on Nov. 6 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art which featured Bill Cosby’s African-American art collection alongside African artworks, an Associated Press reporter nervously asked Cosby about the rape allegations.

“No, no we don’t answer that . . . there’s no response. There is no comment about that. And I’ll tell you why. I think you were told . . . I don’t want to compromise your integrity. But we don’t, I don’ talk about it.”

At the end of the interview, Cosby, who was still wearing a lapel mic, asked the reporter if he could not air any of that.

“Now can I get something from you? That none of that will be shown?”

“I know I didn’t say anything, but 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?”

“And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled.”

The reporter told Cosby he didn’t think it’d have value and that he’d send Cosby’s request to his editors. However, with the badgering to get AP to not air the quote, Cosby gave it value. He even went as far as to say if he wanted to consider himself serious “it would not appear anywhere.”

All the while, his wife is sitting there smiling which is all anyone can do in that situation because awk-ward.

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