Bill Cosby releases video message for fans

(REUTERS) - Legendary comedian Bill Cosby has kept quite while more than three dozen women have publicly accused him of sexual misconduct in recent months. On Monday, Cosby broke the silence in a video message inviting fans to an upcoming show in Wheeling, West Virginia.

In the video, Cosby appears on the phone saying he will be 'hilarious'. The video does not address any of the sexual assault accusations.

Many of the allegations of sexual misconduct date back to the 1960s. Cosby has denied all the claims, most of which have seen the statute of limitations run out.

The allegations have tarnished the comedian's reputation. Online streaming service Netflix and NBC both canceled projects with Cosby after accusations went public.

Cosby is best known for playing Cliff Huxtable, the father of an affluent black family on the TV sitcom The Cosby Show.