Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino Sept. 26, 2014, in Las Vegas.
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Amid a welter of decades-old allegations of sexual assault, embattled actor and comedian Bill Cosby broke his silence recently, placing the burden on black media outlets to remain neutral in the widening scandal, the Hollywood Reporter writes, citing a piece at the New York Post.

"Let me say this," Cosby told the New York Post Friday. "I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that, you have to go in with a neutral mind."

Cosby, who spoke to Stacy Brown at the Post, kept the conversation short and refused to address the allegations. But he did discuss how his wife of 50 years, Camille, is handling the scandal, including a charge by famed model Beverly Johnson that Cosby drugged her coffee beverage decades ago. Johnson is the latest in string of women to accuse the star, not only of serving tainted beverages but also of sexually assaulting them.

"Love and the strength of womanhood," Cosby said of how Camille has handled the allegations against him. "Let me say it again: love and the strength of womanhood. And you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love."

Read more at the Hollywood Reporter and the New York Post.