Wayans also said that some of the alleged victims were "un-rapeable". Cue massive social media storm...
Damon Wayans has made a controversial intervention in the Bill Cosby scandal, coming out with a series of comments about the multiple allegations of sexual assault made against Cosby in the last year, dismissing them as a “money hustle”.
The 55 year old actor and stand-up comedian made the incendiary remarks during an interview with New York radio station Power 105.1’s ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Friday (September 4th). He began by saying that he didn’t believe that Cosby was a rapist, before claiming that “some of them, really, [are] un-rapeable”.
Furthermore, Wayans argued that the continued outrage against Cosby is mainly due to his race, citing the recent allegations against Stephen Collins and Woody Allen as evidence that white celebrities who are supposed to have committed the same offence and yet have not received similar backlashes.
51 women have so far come forward to detail stories of being drugged and / or sexually assaulted by Cosby. However, Wayans doubted the accuracy of their stories, questioning why it took so many of the victims such a long time to come forward. When co-host Angela Yee reminded him that many of them had first come claims decades ago, he pressed the point further.
“But if you listen to them talk, they go, ‘Well, the first time…’ The first time? B****, how many times did it happen? Just listen to what they’re saying.”
In a desperate attempt to backpedal later in the interview, he said his “heart goes out” to those women who really were assaulted. “For anybody who was raped by Bill Cosby, I'm sorry and I hope you get justice,” he said.
Wayans’ opinion was initially given in response to the question of what advice he would offer Cosby, to which he first replied: tell the truth. “If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all my money, and then I would go do a deposition. I would light one of them three-hour cigars. I'd have some wine and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off, because I don't believe that he was raping.”
When the interview predictably kicked up a storm of angry responses on social media, Wayans took to Twitter later on Saturday to defend himself. “Stop twisting my words. Watch the entire interview before u condemn me!”
Well, you can watch the clip here for yourself…