Bill Cosby Biographer Apologizes for Omitting Abuse Claims
Mark Whitaker tweets that he was "wrong" for leaving out the allegations against the comedian in his biography
Author Mark Whitaker admits he was wrong to not mention any of the sexual abuse allegations against Bill Cosby in his recent biography about the star.
In a Nov. 24 column, the New York Times' David Carr criticized Whitaker for ignoring the claims in his book Cosby: His Life and Times. Pointing out that four accusers had gone public by the time Whitaker was working on the book, Carr wrote that Whitaker should have investigated the claims, adding that "any book of the size and scope of Mr. Whitaker’s should have gone there."
Whitaker responded by acknowledging on Twitter that he regrets the oversight. "David, you are right," Whitaker tweeted Monday. "I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively."
Whitaker added that he has been "following new developments and will address them at the appropriate time. If true, the stories are shocking and horrible."
Since its publication in September 2014, Whitaker's biography has been questioned for leaving out any mention of the allegations, including Cosby settling out of court with accuser Andrea Constand in 2006.
Cosby has been hit with a litany of decades-old abuse allegations in recent weeks, leading to canceled comedy performances and a scrapped NBC project for the star. His attorney, Marty Singer, has dismissed the claims as "utter nonsense," while Cosby himself told a Florida paper Friday that he does not have to "answer to innuendos."
Whitaker's tweets can be seen below.
@carr2n David you are right. I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively.— Mark Whitaker (@Marktwhitaker) November 24, 2014
@carr2n I am following new developments and will address them at the appropriate time. If true the stories are shocking and horrible.— Mark Whitaker (@Marktwhitaker) November 24, 2014