Bill Cosby gave his first exclusive interview since 2015 on Sirius-XM radio on Tuesday, May 16, and in the 30-minute chat, he addressed a range of topics, from his childhood to his children, including the death of his son in 1997. But of course, the most pressing questions posed by Michael Smerconish explored his outlook on the sexual assault cases that have all but tarnished his legacy and now threaten to send him to prison.
With his trial for an alleged 2004 drugging and assault of a Temple University staffer only one month away, it was in having his fans on his mind that Cosby said he decided to finally come forward. He believes it is time to let the public hear his voice on the allegations, as opposed to leaving what he claims to be the truth, up to the tabloids to tell. But while he returned to share his side of all stories first hand, the 79-year-old actor/comedian confirmed that he is putting his faith in his attorneys and will not be taking the stand.
“When you have to deal with examination, cross-examination, et cetera, et cetera, more than two sides to every story, sometimes it’s four or five,” he told Smerconish. “And what people want to say and want you to say and how they maneuver, and, yes, I do have lawyers protect me — objection; sustained. But I just don’t want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer to whether or not I’m opening a can of something that my lawyers are scrambling.”
Thus, Cosby is leaving the law to the legal experts.