NEW YORK (PIX11) - Amid growing rape allegations, the Associated Press decided to publish an extended interview with Bill Cosby in which the comedian tries to convince a reporter to 'scuttle' his response to the questions.
This is a portion of the interview, originally recorded on November 6 and finally released Wednesday:
Reporter: I didn't want, I have to ask about your name coming up in the news recently regarding this comedian . . .
Cosby: No, no. We don't answer that.
Reporter: I just wanted to ask to see if you wanted to respond at all about whether any of that was true.
Cosby: There's no response.
The interview continued after Cosby refused to comment, but at the end, the 77-year-old comedian became concerned about the earlier rape-allegation questions.
Cosby: "Now can I get something from you? That none of that will be shown?
Reporter: I can't promise that myself, but you didn't say anything . . .
Cosby: I know I didn't say anything, but I'm asking your integrity that since I didn't want to say anything, but I did answer you, in terms of I don't want to say anything then what value will it have?"
He then asks someone standing off-camera, "Ma'am what did you say?" She responds, "I don't think it has any value either."
Cosby continues, saying, "And I would appreciate it if it was scuttled."
Cosby said he did the interview thinking the Associated Press had "the integrity" not to ask the question. He also demanded that one of his handlers get on the phone with the reporter's boss "immediately."
The Associated Press made the decision to release the footage after two more women came forward after the Nov. 6 interview.
"The interview was on record, the AP made no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations or to withhold publishing any of his comments at any time," according to the AP.