Bill Cosby's continued insistence on not discussing the mounting rape allegations against him is not working in his favor. In the wake of even more women, including supermodel and reality star Janice Dickinson, coming forward with assault allegations, The Associated Press has decided to release previously held footage of Cosby being confronted with the claims.
"There is no comment about that. And I'll tell you why. I don't want to compromise your integrity, but I don't talk about it," Cosby said during the Nov. 6 interview, which featured him side-by-side with his wife Camille.
The AP originally released the interview with Cosby with the focus solely on his art collection becoming an exhibit at the Smithsonian. The video's accompanying article mentioned that Cosby "declined to comment" on the allegations, but nothing more.
In light of recent allegations, the AP has now released the full interview, which also shows Cosby asking the reporter that none of the footage regarding the rape claims be shown. "I would appreciate it if it was scuttled," Cosby said.
The reporter said he couldn't make any promises, but another AP employee agreed with Cosby that his response had no "value."
"I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious, that it will not appear anywhere," Cosby said. "If you will just tell your bosses the reason why we didn't say that [the rape claims were off limits] up front was because we thought that AP had the integrity not to ask," he added.
Watch the new footage of Cosby's response below: