Bill Cosby’s attorney has issued a statement on Friday blaming the “fantastical stories” that have surfaced lately and criticizes the media for publicizing “ridiculous allegations.“
“The new, never-before-heard claims from women who have come forward in the past two weeks with unsubstantiated, fantastical stories about things they say occurred 30, 40 or even 50 years ago have escalated past the point of absurdity,” lawyer Martin Singer said in a statement.
“These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”
“Lawsuits are filed against people in the public eye every day,” the statement continued. “There has never been a shortage of lawyers willing to represent people with claims against rich, powerful men, so it makes no sense that not one of these new women who just came forward for the first time now ever asserted a legal claim back at the time they alleged they had been sexually assaulted. This situation is an unprecedented example of the media’s breakneck rush to run stories without any corroboration or adherence to traditional journalistic standards … It is long past time for this media vilification of Mr. Cosby to stop.”
The comedian has so far refused to discuss the s-xual assault allegations but on Friday he decided to break his silence and address the claims.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything,” Cosby told Florida Today. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
Following the scandal, both Netflix and NBC have cancelled upcoming comedy projects with the 77-year-old actor.
However, the public seems to be unaffected by the multiple s-xual assault allegations he is facing.
Cosby took the stage at The Atlantis Bahamas on Thursday, Nov. 20, and was welcomed with a standing ovation be the audience.