Bill Cosby has spoken out following the premiere of W. Kamau Bell’s docuseries We Need to Talk About Cosby at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.
“Mr. Cosby has spent more than 50 years standing with the excluded; made it possible for some to be included; standing with the disenfranchised; and standing with those women and men who were denied respectful work… because of race and gender… within the expanses of the entertainment industries,” a representative for the actor and comedian said in a statement to EW, the subject line of which read: “Official Response to PR Hack W. Kamau Bell’s Showtime Documentary, We Need to Talk About Cosby.”
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The statement went on, “Mr. Cosby continues to be the target of numerous media that have, for too many years, distorted and omitted truths… intentionally,” with Cosby’s representative adding that despite reports of allegations, “none have ever been proven in any court of law.”
“Mr. Cosby vehemently denies all allegations waged against him,” the statement concludes. “Let’s talk about Bill Cosby. He wants our nation to be what it proclaims itself to be: a democracy.
Bell, a popular comedian and writer who created and starred in Totally Biased With W. Kamau Bell and United Shades of America, directed the in-depth docuseries, which chronicles Cosby’s storied professional career as well as his downfall following accusations of sexual harassment and assault by more than 60 women.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bell responded to the statement from Cosby’s representative, saying: “The funny thing about this is, because of how America works and how racism works here, there are ways in which a system of white supremacy would target a powerful Black man to bring him down — and that has happened throughout history in this country. But that doesn’t always mean that the Black man didn’t do something wrong.” He continued: “There are racist forces that are happy for Bill Cosby’s downfall, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t more than 60 women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, and those aren’t credible accusations.”