By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A lawyer for Bill Cosby says the comedian will not dignify “decade-old, discredited” claims of sexual abuse with a response.
Cosby’s attorney John Schmitt released a statement Sunday on the comedian’s website in reaction to lingering allegations by more than a dozen women who say the actor and Philadelphia native sexually assaulted them.
“The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true,” the statement read in part. “Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”
The allegations resurfaced in October when a comedian, Hannibal Buress, assailed Cosby during a stand-up performance at the Trocadero, calling him a “rapist.” His remarks were captured on video and posted online. The video then went viral.
The accusations have caused the 77-year-old Cosby to cancel television appearances on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and “The Queen Latifah Show.”
Schmitt says these allegations were discredited years ago, and that there will be “no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives.”
In the statement, Cosby thanked all his fans for the outpouring of support.
Cosby was never criminally charged in any of the cases, but he did settle a civil suit in 2006 for an undisclosed amount with a woman in one of the alleged incidents.
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