Exactly one week after her husband was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, Bill Cosby’s wife released a strongly worded statement charging that the key witness in the trial gave false testimony and the media violated the Constitution in its coverage of the story.
In the long, searing statement, posted on her husband’s official social media accounts, Camille Cosby went after Bill Cosby’s accuser, the district attorney, the media, and appeared to compare her husband to Emmett Till, a black teenager who was killed in Mississippi in 1955 for allegedly whistling at a white woman.
“This is mob justice, not real justice,” she wrote. :This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country.”
Bill Cosby was found guilty last week on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in 2004. Of the dozens of women who have accused the comedian of similar acts, only Constand’s allegations resulted in criminal charges.
On Andrea Constand:
In her statement, Camille Cosby said that Andrea Constand’s testimony during the trial “was unsupported by any evidence and riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”
She said that not all accusers are “truthful,” pointing to white women who have accused black men — such as Emmett Till — of crimes they did not commit.
On the media:
The comedian’s wife blamed the media for disseminating “propaganda” regarding the case, and said that “unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs, who publicly and privately coerced cancellations of Bill Cosby’s scheduled performances; syndications of ‘The Cosby Show;’ rescissions (sic) of honorary degrees and a vindictive attempt to close an exhibition of our collection of African American art in the Smithsonian Museum of African Art.”
On the District Attorney:
She also called for a criminal investigation of the Montgomery County District attorney and his team, who she said tried her husband solely for career advancement. “If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone.”