In a Friday interview with New York’s 105.1 Breakfast Club radio show, Damon Wayans offered a long and stereotypical defense of Bill Cosby. Cosby has now been accused by more than 45 women of rape and sexual assault. In July, 35 of those women—ranging in age from 44 to 80— appeared on the cover of New York magazine and shared eerily similar accounts of their rapes.
And yet, despite the large numbers of women who have come forward and overwhelming evidence that Cosby is a serial rapist, Damon Wayans sees it another way. “I just don’t believe it. I think it’s a money hustle,” Wayans said.
“Tell the truth, if I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink wink, give her all my money, and then I would go and do a deposition,” Wayans jokingly told the radio station. “I’d light [a] three-hour cigar, I’d have me some wine, and maybe a Quaalude, and I would just go off because I don’t believe he was raping.”
After offering such insight, Wayans continued:
“I believe he was in relationships with all of them and then he’s like, ‘You know what? [Cosby is] 78. It don’t work like that no more. I can’t get it up for any of y’all. Bye, bitches,’ and then they’re like, ‘Oh, really? Rape!’”
“And some of them, really, is unrapeable. I look at them and go, ‘No, he don’t want that. Get outta here!’ Look, I understand fame. I’ve lived it. Women will throw themselves at you. They just want be in your presence. There’s some that innocently will come up there, but not 40-something women. They’re not that naive.”
When Breakfast Club host Angela Yee pointed that many of the women had, in fact, come forward years before, Wayans dismissed her: “Bitch, how many times did it happen? Just listen to what they’re saying.”
Earlier today, Wayans tweeted that his words were being twisted and he urged his followers to listen to the interview. He pointed in particular to a segment of the interview where he expressed sympathy for Cosby’s victims, saying “my heart goes out to them.” You can listen to the entire interview below:
Image via AP; Video via The Breakfast Club.