With the ongoing scandal involving the re-emergence of decades old rape allegations, Bill Cosby has once again broken his silence on the issue. This time he spoke to Black media saying that “I only expect the Black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that, you have to go in with a neutral mind.”
Cosby has been raked over the coals by various media outlets both White- and Black-owned, but this is the first time he has specifically addressed the role of Black media. According to the New York Post, the conversation took place over the phone and Cosby also addressed how his wife of 50 plus years, Camille, is handling the scandal, Cosby stated “Love and the strength of womanhood. … Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.” Cosby refused to answer any other questions related to the allegations, including the recent statements by Black supermodel Beverly Johnson.
Johnson claimed that Cosby gave her drugged coffee in his New York townhouse during the 1980s. For many, Johnson’s statements bring newfound credibility to previous accusations because of her own fame and celebrity status.