Bill Cosby Will Not Testify During Trial
Bill Cosby‘s sexual assault trial is set to begin next month in Philadelphia, but the legendary actor and comedian said he will not be testifying.
In his first interview since 2015, before the floodgates of accusations resurfaced, Bill said:
When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, et cetera, et cetera, more than two sides to every story, sometimes it’s four or five and what people want to say and want you to say and how they maneuver, and, yes, I do have lawyers protect me — objection; sustained.
But I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer to whether or not I’m opening a can of something that my lawyers are scrambling.
Mr. Cosby went on to say why he decided to finally break his silence and do the interview:
I decided that I think it’s time for me to do something so that the people who still have faith in me, the people who are still wondering what I sound like as opposed to The National Enquirer, which is very interesting reading when they write about me.
When you look at the power structure and when you look at individuals, there are some people who can very well be motivated by whether or not they’re going to work or whether or not they might be able to get back at someone.
Bill Cosby also acknowledged the fact that even if a jury finds him not guilty, the court of public opinion will still be an issue.
If a jury says so forth and so on, there’s still public opinion and if the jury comes for the other side of the so forth and so on, it’s still public opinion. So I think it’s something that you never will be able to satisfy all minds and all behaviors. I know the side that I’m on and the side that I’m hoping for.
Listen to the interview below: