Report: Bill Cosby breaks silence, ‘sounded upbeat’

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(CNN) — Amid mounting allegations against him, Bill Cosby has broken his silence. Well, sort of.

Cosby, accused of rape and other misdeeds by an increasing number of women, was reached at home on Friday by a New York Post reporter.

While Cosby offered more than the now-infamous head-shake that caused several moments of awkward radio silence during an interview with NPR, he did not address the allegations.

Instead, he offered his expectations for how the media — specifically, “the black media” — should cover the story.

“Let me say this,” the 77-year-old said. “I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

Writer Stacy Brown said Cosby “sounded upbeat on the phone,” especially when it came to a question about how his wife, Camille, is holding up.

“Love and the strength of womanhood,” Cosby said. “Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

The actor then resumed his public relations posture of late and ended the conversation, saying, “They don’t want me talking to the media.”

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