Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille, issued a scathing statement on Thursday against his accusers, Pennsylvania prosecutors and the media — calling his sexual assault conviction “mob justice.”
“In the case of Bill Cosby, unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs,” Camille Cosby said in a statement Thursday morning sent by Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt.
One week ago, Bill Cosby, once the lovable father in an iconic sitcom, was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against one of his accusers, Andrea Constand. Although Cosby has faced dozens of sexual misconduct allegations spanning decades, he has been charged criminally only in the Constand case.
Cosby’s wife went on to compare her husband’s case to that of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was kidnapped and lynched by white men in 1955 after being falsely accused of whistling at a white woman.
She said not all accusers are “truthful,” referring to the white woman who claimed Emmett had whistled at her and clasped her waist, using vulgar language. That woman confessed to a historian last year that the claims were not true.
Ebony Tucker, advocacy director for Raliance, a Washington-based nonprofit dedicated to ending sexual violence, said that Cosby’s wife’s comments reinforced a culture of “blaming victims.” “We tend to not believe women and I think she is playing on that,” Tucker said.
Camille Cosby also lashed out at media coverage of her husband, saying “their frenzied, relentless demonization of him and unquestioning acceptance of accusers’ allegations without any attendant proof” violated her husband’s Constitutional right to a fair trial.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Daniella Silva