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Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify at sex assault trial

17 May 2017

But, in his often long and rambling responses to Smerconish's questions, the entertainer said he feels that the charges against him could be racially motivated and that so many women came forward accusing him of sexual assault as a "piling on" to sway public opinion against him.

On Monday, the former Cosby Show star's daughter, Ensa Cosby, said on The Breakfast Club that her father was unfairly targeted because of "racism," and he quickly spoke out to agree with her, in his first interview in almost two years.

He said, "Could be, could be. So many different-'nefarious' is a great word", Bill stated.

"I just don't want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer as to whether or not I'm opening a can of something that I - my lawyers are scrambling", he said.

He made the statement while speaking with SiriusXM host Michael Smerconish.

"I think the numbers came because the numbers prior to [these] numbers didn't work", Cosby said, likely alluding to a few decades-old accusations that only recently gained traction.

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Disgraced US megastar Bill Cosby says he does not expect to testify when he goes on trial for sexual assault next month, breaking his silence in a rare interview broadcast Tuesday. I don't think she wants to hear about anyone being abused, especially by someone she spent so much time with.

Jury selection in Cosby's trial begins May 22.

"Boy, the education I'm getting is absolutely fantastic", he said.

'Could be, could be, ' Cosby told Smerconish.

In a clear sign that Cosby hopes to be acquitted, he said he felt he had "an very bad lot to offer" in terms of writing and performing.

Continuing with his rant, Cosby claimed that media reports that characterized him as lawyering up amid the scandal were "unfair".

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Cosby says he isn't trying to influence jurors, who will be selected next week for the June 5 trial.

The judge will allow one of the other accusers to testify for the prosecution and said prosecutors can reference Cosby's testimony about getting quaaludes in the 1970s to give women before sex.

In the 30-minute interview, Smerconish attempted to get some details about the trial, but the comedian was mostly silent on the matter, deferring to his lawyers and saying he wasn't at liberty to discuss them. "When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, etcetera, etcetera more than two sides to every story, sometimes it's four or five".

Bill Cosby described his health as generally good but said glaucoma has left him legally blind.

"It's the way it was put out and the way many people saw it, and you just said it, and I think the safest way to put it is, I agree with you", Cosby said.

CBS News declined a previous offer from Cosby's representatives to publish a written statement from another daughter, Evin.

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Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify at sex assault trial