A November 6 interview, in which the Associated Press asks Bill Cosby to comment on recent allegations of rape and sexual assault, has been released.
The interview, which was supposed to be about Cosby’s art collection being exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington D.C., took a dramatic turn when the interviewer questioned Cosby about the recurring sexual assault accusations he’s faced over the years.
The comedian refused to address the accusations.
"No, no. We don't answer that...There is no comment about that...And I'll tell you why. I think you were told. I don't want to compromise your integrity, but we don't, I don't talk about it."
Cosby then asked the reporter to “scuttle” that portion of the interview.
“I would appreciate it if it was scuttled,” Cosby says. “I think that if you want to consider yourself as serious, then it will not appear anywhere.”
With Cosby facing an increasing number of sexual assault allegations, the AP decided to release the interview in its entirety, saying, "The interview was on record - the AP made no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations or to withhold publishing any of his comments at any time."
Watch the entire exchange in the video above.