“It’s definitely a weird situation. I get a lot of messages from people about it,” Buress told Jimmy Kimmel on Wednesday night. “You know, the weird thing about getting a death threat from a male bodybuilder/stripper on Facebook is when you click on his profile and see that you have one mutual friend.”
Although allegations against Cosby first emerged in 2005 when a woman named Andrea Constand took him to court, a video of Buress calling the 77-year-old TV icon “a rapist” during a stand-up set that went viral last fall, and more women began speaking out shortly after.
“Bill Cosby has the f–ing smuggest old-black-man public persona that I hate,” Buress said during a Philadelphia comedy show. “‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches. I don’t curse on stage. But yeah, you’re a rapist.”
“I want to just at least make it weird for you to watch ‘Cosby Show’ reruns,” Buress added. “If you don’t know about it, trust me. When you leave here, Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.”
To date, over 30 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Most recently, one of his alleged victims testified in Nevada last week to support the first bill in the country that would eliminate the statute of limitations for those accused of rape and sexual assault.
Under current law, Cosby cannot be criminally prosecuted for the alleged victim’s claims.