Kanye West is weighing in on the controversy surrounding Bill Cosby.
The artist, 38, took to Twitter on Tuesday to, without much context, declare that the embattled comedian is “innocent,” rather emphatically.
It appears that West is referring to the current criminal charges against the 78 year-old comedian. At the end of December Cosby was formally charged in a suburb of Philadelphia for aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 encounter with ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand. Cosby’s legal team filed a motion to dismiss the charges and after a two day hearing last week, Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill rejected the motion. The case is moving forward, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8, where the focus will be determining whether prosecutors have enough evidence to put Cosby on trial.
The charges against Cosby come after nearly 60 women have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them in episodes dating as far back as the 1960s. The Pennsylvania case is the first time criminal charges have been brought against him.
Since the allegations began to make national headlines in the fall of 2014, celebrities and public figures have both condemned and defended Cosby. This appears to be the first instance West has spoken out on the subject.
His tweet drew ire from fans and celebrities alike.
SOURCE: Kelly Lawler