NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Bill Cosby interview

"We could not duck asking," NPR host Scott Simon said of questioning Bill Cosby about renewed sexual assault allegations.

By Kate Stanton
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NEW YORK, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- NPR's Scott Simon took to Twitter to provide additional context to Saturday's Weekend Edition interview with Bill Cosby, who remained silent when questioned about sexual assault allegations that have resurfaced in recent weeks.

Simon tweeted Sunday that he did not look at Cosby's wife when he asked the 77-year-old comedian to comment on renewed allegations that he drugged and assaulted a number of women over multiple decades.


"I did not see Camille Cosby's reaction because I looked directly at Mr. Cosby. That question was for him alone, not her," Simon wrote.

Simon also referenced Barbara Bowman, who recently revealed details of her alleged assault by Cosby in the Washington Post and Daily Mail.

"Barbara Bowman & Tamara Green have been outspoken, & not in settlement. Mr. Cosby free to talk," Simon added. "& charges are worth reading. Not just personal philandering. Serious physical assault of many women over time."

Though Cosby was interviewed about his art collection, Simon said that he "could not duck asking questions" about the assault allegations.


"We even felt he might welcome the chance to say, 'It's not true,'" Simon added.

"A last thought now: Mr. Cosby was w/ his famous Hollywood PR man. He could not have been "ambushed" by my question."

On Sunday, Cosby's lawyer released the following statement:

Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.

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