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Cosby Says He Won't Testify at Sexual Assault Trial

Cosby Says He Won't Testify at Sexual Assault Trial

On Monday, Cosby's daughter released a statement to The Breakfast Club radio show, saying, "I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes that are alleged against him and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal".

"Could be, could be. There are so many tentacles. nefarious is a great word".

When Cosby sat down for an interview with CNN's Michael Smerconish that aired Tuesday, May 16, he told the news analyst that he wouldn't speak in his own defense during the trial because of concerns over what would happen when cross-examined by prosecutors.

Although more than 50 women have come forward accusing The Cosby Show star of sexually assaulting them, in most of those cases the statue of limitations have passed. So if it's in terms of whatever the charge is, I think you can also examine individuals and situations and they will come out differently.

Jury selection in comedian Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial begins next week.

"I want people to understand my work as an artist, a performer", Cosby told Smerconish towards the end of the interview. Sixty women have accused the comedian of sexual assault, with stories spanning decades.

"Things were rescinded", Cosby said, "and I'd like to get those things back because the people who chose to make that decision then saw they'd made a mistake".

Bill Cosby agreed with his daughter Ensa Cosby's recent assertion that racism played a major role in the sexual assault case filed against him. Asked to respond, he said: "It could be". But when Smerconish asked if he believed racism was a factor - a claim his attorneys have made before - Cosby suggested it might be.

During the 30-minute interview, Cosby also confirmed that he is registered in the state of MA as "legally unsighted".

Cosby, 79, has said little publicly since October 2014, when a stand-up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress encouraged people to Google "Bill Cosby rape". "I just think now in this time we are looking at law and not things with - I mean proof has to be brought to the front.

Gloria Steinem had a very interesting quote; she said 'The truth shall set you free, but first it might piss you off'".

"This is a civil rights/grassroots campaign and that's all that I'm going to say", Wyatt said in an email to USA TODAY.

"I can not understand how our society has permitted my father to be condemned so unjustly and cruelly in the court of public opinion without evidence or proof", she said. That deposition is central to the upcoming criminal trial against Cosby.

"I think about walking out on stage somewhere in the United States of America and sitting down in a chair and giving the performance that will be the beginning of the next chapter of my career", Cosby said in what Wyatt described as email exchange that began several months ago.