Comedian Damon Wayans responded Sunday to Internet outrage over his comments that many women's accusations of sexual misconduct against comedy icon Bill Cosby were "a money hustle."
"Stop twisting my words," Wayans, 55, tweeted. "Watch the entire interview before u condemn me!" he wrote, referring to the video of a 33-minute interview he gave to the WWPR / 105.1 FM morning show "The Breakfast Club" in New York on Friday, his birthday. He repeatedly posted to Twitter a seven-second excerpt in which he says that if the allegations are true, "My heart goes out to [those women]. For anybody who was raped by Bill Cosby, I'm sorry. And I hope you get justice."
This followed him saying, "I don't believe that he was raping. I think he was in relationships with all of them" decades ago when the alleged incidents occurred. And now that he's an older man and no longer seeking those relationships, Wayans said, Cosby tells the women "Bye. . . . ' And they're like, 'Oh, really? Rape!' Because, I mean, 40 years. . . . " he said.
Co-host Angela Yee said some of the dozens of women came forward many years ago. "But if you listen to them talk," Wayans retorted, "they go, 'Well, the first time . . . ' The first time? . . . How many times did it happen? Just listen to what they're saying." He called some of them "unrape-able."
Wayans allowed that, "If it was my daughter, then I would've killed Bill Cosby. But just sitting back lookin' at it, I just don't believe this. I think it's a money hustle."
Cosby's representatives have consistently denied all allegations and Cosby has never been charged with a crime. Because of statutes of limitations, only one case, involving a then-minor, is going forward.