Comedian and actor Bill Cosby is finally speaking out about rape allegations made against him by dozens of different women.
The interview with ABC News' Linsey Davis (video below) marks the first time Cosby, 77, has spoken about the allegations since they hit the headlines late last year.
Davis broached the topic during an interview to promote Cosby’s work with the Black Belt Community Foundation.
“Are you prepared for backlash? If a young person comes up to you and says, ‘My mom says you’ve done some bad things,’ how will you answer them?” She asked. “If they are pressing you, ‘Are you guilty? Did you do it? Are the allegations true?’”
“I am prepared to tell this young person the truth about life,” the comedian responded. “I’m not sure that they will come like that. I think many of them say, well, you’re a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say the other.”
Cosby continued, “My point is, OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you’re driving, you’re going to go into water and it looks like it might only be 3 inches deep, but you and your car are going to go down.”
“Now, you want to go here, or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message,” he added.
Cosby’s response comes in the wake of abuse allegations from more than 30 women in the past several months. A few of the women accuse the comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
He has not been criminally charged.
Cosby has recently been working on promoting education initiatives throughout Alabama.
Davis added, “Are you concerned at all that, given the allegations, that may overshadow your message?”
“I’ve been in this business 52 years,” Cosby responded, “and I’ve never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation. And I can’t speak."
Photo Credit: Screenshot via ABC