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Cosby says racism could be to blame for lawsuits

CONTROVERSY: Bill Cosby

BILL COSBY has said racism could be to blame for his sexual assault lawsuit during his first interview on the allegations in two years.

Cosby, 79, sat down with Sirius XM host Michael Smerconish, during an interview that will air on Tuesday (May 16), and answered 'could be' when the presenter asked about his daughter's claim that 'racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal'.

'Could be, could be,' Cosby told Smerconish. 'I can’t say anything, but there are certain things that I look at, and I apply to the situation, and there are so many tentacles.

'So many different — nefarious is a great word. And I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that.'

However, Smerconish mentioned to Cosby that both black and white women had accused him – to which the former comedian replied: 'Let me put it to you this way: When you look at the power structure, and when you look at individuals, there are some people who can very well be motivated by whether or not they’re going to work.

'Or whether or not they might be able to get back at someone. So if it’s in terms of whatever the choice is, I think that you can also examine individuals and situations and they will come out differently. 'So it’s not all, not every, but I do think that there’s some.'

This marks the second time Cosby and his legal team have cited racial discrimination as the basis for the allegations, as his attorneys filed a motion to a Pennsylvania criminal court and called the 'racial bias' against their client 'unfortunate' in October 2016.

However, in May 2016, a Pennsylvania judge said there was enough evidence to try Cosby, who is facing three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault with each charge carrying a ten-year maximum sentence.

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