-- The first video message released by Bill Cosby since a barrage of sexual assault allegations shows the embattled comedian trying to win back his fans with laughter.
"And you know I'll be hilarious...can't wait," Cosby says in the video, released to promote his upcoming comedy performance in several cities.
Cosby, talking into a rotary phone and dressed in a pajamas-like outfit, makes no mention in the video of the women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault or their accusations.
More than 20 women have come forward with allegations against "The Cosby Show" star. Representatives for the 77-year-old comedian have issued a number of statements refuting many of the allegations and defending the comedian.
Three of the women have filed a defamation lawsuit against Cosby for some of those denials. Cosby is trying to dismiss the lawsuit, saying the denials were defensible either as opinion or statements of fact.
When women came forward in late 2014, a lawyer for Cosby, John P. Schmitt, said of the allegations in a statement, "The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true."
Another Cosby lawyer, Martin D. Singer, added: "These brand new claims about alleged decades-old events are becoming increasingly ridiculous, and it is completely illogical that so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years."
Cosby has not been charged with a crime and has not publicly addressed the allegations.
The 10-second video from Cosby is also accompanied by a message addressed directly to his fans.
"Dear Fans," the message reads. "I hope you enjoy my wonderful video message that’s filled with laughter."
"Hey, Hey, Hey -- I'm far from finished," Cosby writes.
Cosby’s next scheduled tour stop is Friday, March, 14, in Wheeling, West Virginia. =