On November 6, the Associated Press interviewed Bill Cosby and his wife Camille Hanks about the couple's collection of African-American art that was on display at the Smithsonian. As part of the interview, the reporter asked Cosby about the rape allegations that had started to cloud Cosby's comeback.
While Hanks sat quietly, Cosby said "we don't comment" and asked that the reporter move on.
At the end of the interview, while the cameras were still rolling, Cosby asked that that portion of the interview not be aired. The reporter said he would convey Cosby's request to his editor but couldn't guarantee anything. To diffuse the awkwardness of the situation, he reiterated to Cosby that they hadn't written about that story in the previous two months.
Now that Janice Dickinson has joined over a dozen other women in alleging that Cosby raped them, the AP decided to release the video.
That decision itself is drawing the AP some criticism from online commenters.
No word on whether the AP will be checking with COMMANDRofAWESUM before posting follow-up stories.