In his first interview in more than two years, Bill Cosby says racism could be tied -- at least in part -- to the sexual assault allegations against him.
Cosby spoke with Sirius XM host Michael Smerconish for the 30-minute-long interview, which aired uncut on Sirius XM POTUS, channel 124 Tuesday morning.
When played a recording from his daughter Ensa Cosby discussing the pending litigation, in which she argued that "racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal," Bill Cosby replied to Smerconish that she may well be correct.
HOST, MICHAEL SMERCONISH: Ensa delivered a statement of her own, and that’s something else that’s been provided to me. Here’s just a short clip from what your daughter Ensa had to say.
RECORDING OF ENSA COSBY: I strongly believe my father is innocent of the crimes alleged against him, and I believe that racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal.
SMERCONISH: Do you agree with that?
BILL COSBY: Could be. Could be. Um, 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.
SMERCONISH: But your accusers are both black and white.COSBY: Well, 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, it’s not every, but I do think that there’s some.
In a separate portion of the interview, Smerconish asked Cosby about the sheer number of accusers, and whether or not that provides basis and lends credence to the allegations against him. Cosby replied that "piling on" was an "impressive way to get public opinion to come to the other side."
HOST, MICHAEL SMERCONISH: What do you say to the person who puts credence in the charges against you because of the number of women who have come out and said the similar thing?
BILL COSBY: I think, that the numbers came because the numbers prior to the numbers didn’t work. So, the piling on, so to speak is a way — and certainly an impressive, impressive way to get public opinion to come to the other side.
SMERCONISH: Are you telling me that they’re all lying?COSBY: You know better than that.
The other big takeaway from the conversation is that Cosby says he does not plan to testify in his own defense in the upcoming trial.
SiriusXM's The Michael Smerconish Program airs weekdays from 9am to 12pm ET on SirusXM POTUS, channel 124.