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Bill Cosby says he won't testify in upcoming trial

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Elaine Woods | 17 May, 2017, 13:27

Despite being "paralyzed", she told investigators she was aware that Cosby was "fondling her breast, put his hands into her trousers, and penetrated her vagina with his fingers".

When pressed further, Cosby said he would continue to defer to his lawyers.

Their pre-recorded statements were provided by Cosby's publicist.

"The public persecution of my dad, my kids" grandfather, and the cruelty of the media and those who speak out branding my father a "rapist' without ever knowing the truth and who shame our family and our friends for defending my dad, makes all of this so much worse for my family and my children", she wrote.

In a Facebook video, Smerconish explained that he had been approached by Cosby's PR team and asked to air audio of statements of support from Cosby daughters Ensa and Erinn, as well as a long conversation between Cosby and Erinn about his life before the scandal.

The daughters have not appeared in traditional interviews, which may be part of their PR strategy.

Both black and white women have made allegations against Cosby, a fact the actor suggested was irrelevant because of systemic racism. On Tuesday, he tweeted love to his wife and four daughters, and invoked the spirit of his murdered son, Ennis.

Cosby said he did not do the interview to influence jurors.

Bill Cosby broke his silence on his impending criminal trial, attributing accusations of rape made against him to racism, CNN reported.

"Once again, I go back to my lawyers", he said.

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SMERCONISH: Are you telling me that they're all lying?

With the trial looming, Cosby said that he is not at liberty to discuss any allegations against him.

It's a PR issue that Cosby's lead attorney Angela Agrusa is well-aware of. "The burden of proof for this one human being has shifted", Agrusa said to THR in April.

"Could be. Could be", Cosby replied. "All I have to do is say something similar to that and the next thing I know the postman is carrying a big bag.saying defamation, defamation, defamation".

"I think it's time for me to do something so that the people who still have faith in me and the people who are still wondering what I sound like", he said. So it's not all, it's not every. "So I think it's something that you never will be able to satisfy all minds and all behaviors".

Almost 60 women have come forward with lurid stories relating the Cosby's amorous antics.

Nearly all of the accusers have no legal recourse as the incidents took place decades ago, and the statute of limitations has expired.

His criminal trial is set to begin next month in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Cosby used the words "attack" and "nefarious" to describe the two years since December 2015, when he was accused of sexually assaulting Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of Temple University with whom he had previously settled a civil suit.

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