— -- Bill Cosby briefly broke his silence amid sexual assault allegations to address how his wife has been coping with the scandal.
Speaking to freelance journalist Stacy Brown on Friday for an article published over the weekend in The Washington Informer and also the New York Post, Cosby declined to directly address the allegations but when asked about his wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, he became sentimental.
Asked how his wife has been holding up, he said, "Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love."
Before cutting the conversation short because, he said, "They don’t want me talking to the media," the 77-year-old comedian told Brown that he hoped at least the black media would be impartial about the at least 19 women who have publicly claimed that he drugged and raped them.
"I only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellent journalism," he told Brown in an audio recording of the conversation. "And when you do that, you go in with a neutral mind."
Brown told "Good Morning America," He didn't sound like a person under any stress. In fact, I'd say that he sounded upbeat."
As for his wife, Brown told "GMA," "He spoke with such reverence and such appreciation that I have to believe that she's standing by him."
Cosby's attorney Martin Singer has called the allegations against the comedian "unsubstantiated, fantastical stories."