Now that the number of women accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault has topped 50, the comedian might finally be ready to address the ever-worsening scandal publicly.
Of course, he won't be doing so without a carefully coordinated media strategy, and he certainly won't be admitting to any wrongdoing.
Radar Online is reporting that the comedian's team has worked up a strategy that will allow Cosby to play the victim - no easy feat, given all the monstrous things he's been accused of.
Sources familiar with the strategy say that reps for Cosby will use terms like "lynching," "witch hunt" and "persecution" to make the public doubt the accusers.
They'll also argue that as white women accusing a black man in the 1960s and '70s the women wouldn't have had any fears about coming forward with their allegations:
“Look, it’s not rocket science and it’s not hard to understand, particularly if you’re African-American, that no matter if an individual has fame and fortune, if he supposedly drugged and raped a white woman, he’s very much susceptible to swift and harsh punishment,” says Monique Pressly, a D.C. attorney who's now working for Cosby.
“So, what [the team] wants to do and will do on Mr. Cosby’s behalf is simply put to the public a scenario that everyone knows makes sense."
"Nearly all of these women are white and most of them said that this happened in the 1960s and 1970s. I don’t care if you’re Bill Cosby or any other black celebrity, you can’t tell me that a white woman’s claim of being assaulted in any way by a black man would be ignored."
“Bill Cosby was a black man in America. If we look back on our own history and see what was happening during those times, he would have been target No. 1 in those days."
“I’m saying, based on what I know of our country and our country’s history, and when we look back on the kinds of things that were being done to African-American males, I find it incredulous that no one would have believed [his white accusers] enough to check their story."
Not surprisingly, Pressly has refused to speak publicly about the revelation that Cosby admitted to drugging women in order to have sex with them over a decade ago.
She's also ignored the fact that several of Cosby's victims, such as supermodel Beverly Johnson, are African-American.
Insiders say Cosby and his team will go public with this strategy sometime this week.