Bill Cosby's attorney has responded to what he calls "decade-old, discredited allegations" made against the 77-year-old star, who has been accused of sexual assault.
The lawyer, John P. Schmitt, issued a statement on the actor and comedian's official website on Sunday. A day earlier, NPR published an audio recording of part of an interview with Cosby, who reacted with silence when asked about the matter, which has never led to criminal charges.
"Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced," the lawyer said. "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment."
"He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work," the message added. "There will be no further statement from Mr. Cosby or any of his representatives."
The allegations resurfaced In October, when comedian Hannibal Buress brought them up and called the actor a rapist. Online backlash followed and Twitter users shared snarky posts in a botched request for memes.
One of Cosby's accused recently penned an op-ed in The Washington Post, in which she claimed the actor befriended her in 1985, when she was 17, and sexually assaulted her several times.
Amid the online backlash, two talk show appearances for Cosby were canceled, the most recent one, on The Late Show With David Letterman. The actor canceled a guest spot on The Queen Latifah Show himself last month.
The NPR journalist who spoke to Cosby, Scott Simon, had prefaced his question to Cosby by saying it gave him "no pleasure" to ask it. He tweeted that he said this because the actor's wife was there and "because Bill is so beloved."
The Cosby Show, which aired in the '80s and is still broadcast in syndication, made Cosby a star and America's favorite TV dad during its prime.
Simon said the actor "began to shake his head" as soon as he began to ask about the allegations.
"We both—we all—knew what I was talking about," he said.