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Tough-talking Cosby brushes off lawsuit

June 30, 2005 at 1:44 PM

PHILADELPHIA, June 30 (UPI) -- Comedian Bill Cosby, who faces a civil lawsuit for allegedly groping a woman, says his own behavior is irrelevant to his campaign for black self-empowerment.

Speaking to ABC's "Nightline," the 67-year-old said he would continue his year-old effort urging poor blacks to take more responsibility for their lives regardless of what's happening in his own life.

Cosby, who earned a Ph.D in education, has repeatedly denied accusations made by nine women who claim the entertainer sexually assaulted them.

A former Temple University employee has filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby, claiming he drugged and fondled her at his Philadelphia home. Prosecutors declined to file a criminal case.

Cosby's nationwide tour showcases people who have overcome drugs, teen pregnancy and violent neighborhoods. He also urges people to stop praying and take action.

"All you need to do is stop putting so much pressure on God and Jesus ... Do your own job," Cosby told a group of black parents in New York last month.

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