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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11:  Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City.  (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund) By Larry French WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund) By Larry French
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11:  Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund) By Paul Morigi WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11: Bill Cosby speaks onstage at the Thurgood Marshall College Fund 25th Awards Gala on November 11, 2013 in Washington City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Thurgood Marshall College Fund) By Paul Morigi
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26:  Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) By Ethan Miller LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 26: Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) By Ethan Miller
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03:  Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation) By Stephen Lovekin NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation) By Stephen Lovekin
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03:  Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation) By Stephen Lovekin NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 03: Bill Cosby speaks at the Jackie Robinson Foundation 2014 Awards Dinner at Waldorf Astoria Hotel on March 3, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for the Jackie Robinson Foundation) By Stephen Lovekin

 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Bill Cosby will not dignify "decade-old, discredited" claims of sexual abuse with a response, his attorney said Sunday, the first reaction from the comedian to an increasing uproar over allegations that he sexually assaulted several women in the past.

 
   In a statement released to The Associated Press and posted online, attorney John P. Schmitt said the fact that the allegations are being repeated does not make them true.
 
   He doesn't intend to "dignify" the allegations with a comment.
 
   There has been a growing uproar over allegations that Cosby assaulted several women in the past.
 
   The renewed attention to a dark chapter for Cosby began last month when a comedian, Hannibal Buress, assailed the veteran entertainer during a stand-up performance in Philadelphia, calling him a "rapist." His remarks were captured on video and posted online, gaining wide exposure.
 
   One of Cosby's accusers, Barbara Bowman, recently leveled allegations of sexual assault against him in interviews and in an online column.
 
   Cosby, who was never criminally charged in any of the cases, settled a civil suit in 2006 with another woman over an alleged incident two years before.
 

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