Jay Leno: “I Don’t Know Why It’s So Hard to Believe the Women” Accusing Bill Cosby

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Jay Leno attends Storytellers and the Shaping of Pop Culture: A Chat With Jay Leno at NATPE 2015 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on January 21, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida Aaron Davidson/Getty Images

Jay Leno is mystified by those who don’t believe the women who have come forward with accusations against Bill Cosby. The Tonight Show alum opened up about the accused Cosby Show star during a Q&A session at the NAPTE conference in Miami on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

“I don’t know why it’s so hard to believe women,” Leno told comedian Tom Papa, who moderated the conversation, when asked about the controversy surrounding Cosby. “You to go Saudi Arabia and you need two women to testify against a man. Here you need 25.”

As previously reported, dozens of women have come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault. During an interview with CNN, Janice Dickinson described her alleged encounter with the star, saying that Cosby, whom she called a “monster,” drugged and raped her.

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Bill Cosby performs at in Las Vegas on September 26, 2014 Ethan Miller/Getty Images

“The last thing I remember was blacking out and Cosby mounting me like the monster he was,” she said after explaining that he gave her a pill that she thought was for menstrual cramps. “And I was thinking, ‘What the heck?’ I remember passing out, but more specifically waking up. There was a lot of pain downstairs. There was semen all over me and that my pajama bottoms were off and my top was open and at that point — fight or flight! — I just packed up and got the hell out of there.” 

Despite questioning why some have been hesitant to believe the accusations, Leno praised the way in which the public got wind of the story.

“[Buress] made a flat-out statement that reverberated around the world,” Leno said in reference to the viral video made by Hannibal Buress. “On any other media that would have been edited. People are getting news unfiltered now. [That’s good].”

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