Earlier this month, a reporter with the Associated Press asked Bill Cosby during a videotaped interview about the sexual abuse allegations against him that have resurfaced in recent weeks. Cosby, who was sitting next to his wife (who was smiling creepily through it all) responded with an awkward, “I don’t talk about it.” On a follow-up question, he added, “There’s no response. 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.”
That was awkward. What was even more awkward was that, when the interview ended and while the camera was still recording (though Cosby didn’t know it), Cosby requested that none of the footage about the sexual assault questions air. He tries to explain to the reporter that he didn’t ask them upfront not to ask about the allegations because he thought the AP had enough integrity not to ask those questions.
It’s a full two minutes of stammering awkwardness and “let me talk to your manager” bullshit that I could barely watch. The worst part, of course, is that Camille just sits there beaming, as though oblivious to the conversation or the fact that her husband had been accused of drugging, raping, and molesting as many as 15 women.
Warning: Painful to watch.