Comedian and actor Bill Cosby has been under fire lately over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women years ago.
NPR broadcast an interview with Cosby and his wife Camille yesterday on “Weekend Edition Saturday" in which host Scott Simon asked Cosby about the rape allegations (audio below).
“This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days,” asked Simon, noted Mediaite.com.
Moments later, Simon stated, “You’re shaking your head 'no.' I’m in the news business. I have to ask the question. Do you have any response to those charges?”
“There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this,” added Simon. “I want to give you the chance.”
Cosby still refused to answer.
When Simon ended the interview, Camille said “thank you," but her husband did not speak.
Cosby was scheduled to appear on "The Late Show" this Wednesday, but his appearance was canceled, although it's not clear if he pulled out of the show or if the show axed the segment.
“We can’t comment on the booking process,” Kim Izzo-Emmet, a spokeswoman for the "The Late Show," told The New York Times on Friday.
Cosby's appearance on the Queen Latifah talk show was recently canceled as well.
A woman named Barbara Bowman recently came forward and accused Cosby of drugging and raping her in the 1980s while he was starring on “The Cosby Show.”
There have been 13 other women who have made similar claims. One of the women, Andrea Constand, sued Cosby in 2005 and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.
Cosby's lawyer John P. Schmitt recently stated on BillCosby.com:
"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. 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. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."