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NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Cosby said young people should separate what he has to say about their future from sexual assault allegations lodged against him.

The actor and comedian was in Alabama to speak with high school students as part of a nonprofit foundation’s campaign to improve education in the south-central part of the state. In a taped interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Cosby was asked how he would respond if a youngster pressed him about accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted a number of women over a period of decades.

“I think many of them say, ‘Well, you’re a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say the other,'” he replied. “My point is, ‘OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. You want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?'”

Cosby, 77, who has never been criminally charged, didn’t address assault claims made by more than 25 women and has largely maintained his silence since the allegations resurfaced starting last year. He faces two pending suits.

“I have been in this business 52 years. … I’ve never seen anything like this. And reality is the situation,” he said, adding, “and I can’t speak.”

He volunteered his time to bring exposure to area schools, Black Belt Community Foundation President Felecia Lucky has said. He was to meet students at Selma High School on Friday before marching with them across the historic Edmund Pettus Bridge. The bridge was the setting for Bloody Sunday in 1965, where police beat peaceful demonstrators marching in favor of voting rights.

Sitting with Cosby during the ABC interview, Lucky defended the decision to trade on his fame despite the allegations.

“At the end of the day, what is most important is … how do we make sure that the world knows that the Black Belt children matter,” Lucky said. The region is named for its fertile black soil but is stifled by low income and high unemployment.

Cosby was asked if he was concerned about his legacy and what he’d like it to be.

“I really know about what I’m going to do tomorrow. I have a ton of ideas to put on television about people and their love for each other,” he said.

Shortly after the scandal broke last year, NBC decided not to move forward with a planned Cosby sitcom. The star of the influential and popular 1980s family comedy “The Cosby Show,” he has long weighed in on the issues of education and personal responsibility in the African-American community. He and his wife, Camille, have donated millions of dollars in gifts to colleges and hundreds of thousands more for scholarship grants through the couple’s foundation.

ABC said more of the interview was to air Friday on “Nightline.”

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6 thoughts on “Bill Cosby Wants Young People To Separate Him From Sexual Allegations [WATCH]

  1. A tearful El Presidente Obama has just revealed when he was young he was raped by Bill Cosby. He took me to a sleazy motel room to talk about my future in politics. He gave me a glass of Kool aid and everything started to spin and the next thing I knew he was on top of me and I couldn’t fight him off. I told him I was a virgin and the beast didn’t use lubricant. Then he gave me cheap one ply toilet paper to wipe up the blood. He said if I kept my mouth shut his powerful friends in Hollywood could make me President. The rest is history Obama said while wiping off his tears.

  2. I am quite amazed at the naivte’ that exists out there about these rape allegations against show biz Icon, Bill Cosby. First of all, do you question why for decades, not a single woman had made any public allegations against Cosby, then, suddenly, there are 25-30 in a six-month span? Have you ever wondered why not a single one of these 25-30 accusers NEVER went to the police when these alleged rapes occurred nor, is there any evidence they even told anyone about the alleged drugging and rapes? Have you ever thought that maybe someone is behind the scenes orchestrating these allegations?————Yes, there is and her name is Gloria Allred, the woman’s lawyer. She is “finding” all of these Cosby accusers, hoping to tap into his considerable wealth without having to prove anything. And when her scheme eventually falls apart—-and it will, Gloria should be arrested for attempted extortion!

    • Uncle G,
      Have you ever been raped or sexually assaulted?

      Would you believe the “allegations” if your daughter, wife/girlfriend and/or Mother told you the same story?…about the “icon”?

  3. Zerkeise on said:

    Bill is still trying to maintain his “purpose” to the upcoming black kids. Kids want to believe there is someone out there that are being truthful as well as speak it.
    Its hard to do that when you are standing in the shade. The truth is in the light.
    But then – some people still listed to Eddie Long.

  4. specialt757 on said:

    “Cosby was asked how he would respond if a youngster pressed him about accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted a number of women over a period of decades.” That was a clever tactic or attempt by the interview, but no cigar. He didn’t take the bait.

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