Cosby equates rape with bullying in 2011 interview
LOS ANGELES- Bill Cosby’s comments calling rape a form of bullying and “annoying” have been released by a filmmaker who interviewed the comedian in 2011.
Documentary filmmaker Cassidy McMillan said Cosby made unsolicited comments about rape during the interview, which was to discuss a project she was working on about bullying and violence faced by some young girls.
“This rape thing is annoying, it is sickening,” Cosby is heard on three minutes of audio posted on the website RadarOnline, which is owned by the National Enquirer. The magazine ran a story last week with a headline on its cover, “Cosby Confesses.”
The comments were made during part of a broader discussion about the bullying and McMillan’s work chronicling the story of a 12-year-old Canadian girl who killed herself after being bullied, according to a partial transcript of the conversation posted on the website www.ourweekly.com. The partial transcript was posted by a freelance journalist who was on the phone when McMillan and Cosby spoke.
McMillan provided audio of the hour-long interview with Cosby to the Enquirer, and RadarOnline posted a three minute clip on Monday.
Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer did not return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.
The comedian also discussed how his own daughter had been bullied and how he and his wife handled it.
Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct, including allegations by many that he drugged and raped them in incidents dating back more than four decades. Cosby, 77, has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations. AP