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Bill Cosby won’t ‘dignify’ rape claims with response

RAPE CLAIMS: Bill Cosby (PA)

DESPITE REMAINING silent over allegations of sex abuse, comedian and actor Bill Cosby has had his lawyer issue a statement claiming the accusations are a “decade old” and discredited”.

The veteran TV star’s legal representative John Schmitt released the first public statement in response to claims that his 77-year-old client has sexually assaulted more than one woman.

The allegations gained prominence following a video that went viral featuring comedian Hannibal Buress, who, while doing a stand-up routine in Philadelphia, called Cosby a “rapist”.

In reaction to the furore, Schmitt said: “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.”

Schmitt added that Cosby “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.”

Cosby was quizzed over the allegations when he appeared for an interview with NPR’s Scott Simon, who received no answer on the matter.

One of Cosby’s alleged victims – Andrea Constand – claims that the actor touched her breasts and vaginal area after giving her pills when she visited his home in January 2004. According to reports of court documents, she also alleges that the performer rubbed his penis against her and digitally penetrated her.

Following Constand’s allegations, several other women came forward to report that they had been abused by Cosby.

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