NPR Weekend Edition Reporter Scott Simon Takes to Twitter to Talk About Bill Cosby’s Silence on Sexual Assault Claims

Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)
Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art.
(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

NPR Weekend Edition reporter Scott Simon spoke out on Twitter Sunday night to address his recent interview with Bill Cosby in which the 77-year-old comedian refused to answer questions about multiple sexual assault allegations that have recently become public again.

In the interview, Simon asked Cosby about the “serious allegations raised” against him, and in response, Cosby remained silent, shaking his head “no.” When asked if he wanted to address allegations, Cosby again shook his head.

Simon’s tweets explain his reasoning in addressing the allegations, and clarify the conditions over which he held the interview.

Following the Weekend Edition segment, Cosby’s publicist, David Brokow, announced he would not appear on the Nov. 19 episode of The Late Show With David Letterman. His visit to The Queen Latifah Show on Oct. 30 was also postponed.

In a statement to the Associated Press Sunday, Cosby’s attorney said he would not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse.

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Source: USA Today | Lindsay Deutsch

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