Bill Cosby says racism could be behind sexual assault allegations

In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2014, entertainer Bill Cosby pauses during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution is mounting a major showcase of African-American art and African art together in a new exhibit featuring the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection will join 100 pieces of African art at the National Museum of African Art. The exhibit “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” opens Sunday and will be on view through early 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

With his trial just weeks away, Comedian Bill Cosby does not expect to give evidence at his sexual assault trial and suggested racism “could be” behind the accusations against him. Cosby, 79, believes about 60 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct came forward only after earlier allegations raised a decade ago died down.

One of the actor’s daughters, Ensa Cosby, recently said in a statement she believed her father was innocent and “racism has played a big role in all aspects of the scandal”. In an interview with SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish, Cosby agreed and said, “Could be, could be”. He later added: “I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.”

Another daughter, Erinn, said her father has been condemned “unjustly and cruelly” in the court of public opinion. “Like the cruel history of our people, the legal system and the protections of the law do not seem to exist for him today,” she said.

Cosby described his health as generally good but said glaucoma has left him legally blind. He said he did not do the interview to try to influence the jury: “You can’t aim at jurors.”