Bill Cosby Won't Testify at Sexual Assault Trial

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Bill Cosby Won't Testify at Sexual Assault Trial

Comedian Bill Cosby is preparing to stand trial for allegations of sexual assault brought against him by one of many accusers who has surfaced over the years.

"I just don't want to sit there and have to figure out what I believe is a truthful answer as to whether or not I'm opening a can of something that I - my lawyers are scrambling," Cosby said.

The 79-year-old comedian faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault - a felony - during an alleged 2004 encounter with accuser Andrea Constand. Cosby has pleaded not guilty.

Cosby's comments came during a 30-minute interview broadcast with Sirius XM radio host Michael Smerconish.

As a condition for participating in the interview, Cosby insisted that statements from his daughters be broadcast.

In her statement, daughter Ensa said, "Racism has played a big role in all aspects of this scandal."

"I just truly believe that some of it may very well be that," Cosby said.

Pressed by Smerconish to explain why so many women have spoken out against him, Cosby said, "I think that the numbers came because the numbers prior to the numbers didn't work. So, the piling on, so to speak, is a way - and certainly an impressive, impressive way - to get public opinion to come to the other side."

Cosby declined to characters the accusers' statements as lies, however, saying he was unwilling to expose himself to a defamation lawsuit.

Jury selection for Cosby's trial starts next week.