Bill Cosby's wife Camille says her husband was the victim of "lynch mobs"

By Jeff Truesdell
May 03, 2018 11:17 AM
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Bill Cosby‘s wife Camille wants an investigation of the prosecutors who won a sexual assault conviction against her husband, calling them “a homogenous group of corrupt and exploitative people” driven by political promises to punish the now-disgraced entertainer.

In her first public statement after the April 26 verdict, issued by Cosby’s spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, Camille Cosby also claimed victim Andrea Constand’s testimony was “perjured” and that she was motivated by money.

Jurors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, found that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, a former employee of Cosby’s Temple University alma mater, at his Elkins Park mansion in 2004. He was convicted of three aggravated indecent sexual assault charges, each of which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.

Cosby, 80, did not testify during his trial, and has long denied Constand’s account — the first and only criminal sexual assault charge to be brought against him — as well as similar claims by more than 60 women, five of whom were allowed to testify against him in Constand’s case.

He claimed his contact with Constand was consensual, and his attorney said he will appeal.

Bill Cosby, left, with Camille Cosby in 2017
AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Camille Cosby railed against her husband’s conviction by comparing it to the mistreatment of black men in the Jim Crow era, saying Cosby was the victim of “lynch mobs.” She invoked the 1955 murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African American boy accused of flirting with a white woman who, decades later, said she fabricated her story.

“Since when are all accusers truthful?,” she asked. “History disproves that.”

She added: “In the case of Bill Cosby, unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs, who publicly and privately coerced cancellations of Bill Cosby’s scheduled performances; syndications of The Cosby Show; rescissions 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.”

She claimed Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele’s office perpetrated “the worst injustices,” adding: “Three criminal charges, promised during an unethical campaign for the district attorney’s office, were filed against my husband…all based on what I believe to be a falsified account.”

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“I am publicly asking for a criminal investigation of that district attorney and his cohorts,” she added. “This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life.”

The trial was the second one to present Constand’s claims to jurors, after a 2017 mistrial in which jurors failed to reach a verdict.

Constand first alerted the prosecutor’s office to the attack in 2005. When the prosecutor at the time declined to file charges, Constand filed a civil suit that Cosby paid $3.38 million to settle.

After statements made by Cosby in a deposition for that civil suit came to light — in which he admitted that he had acquired Quaaludes to have sex with women — Steele reopened the case and brought the charges that led to Cosby’s conviction. No date has been announced for his sentencing.

Constand: ‘Truth Prevails’

Reacting to the verdict the next day, Constand tweeted, “A very profound and heartfelt thank you to the Commonwealth of PA, Montgomery County, for their service and sacrifices. Congratulations. Truth prevails.”

Immediately after the verdict, previous Cosby accusers wept outside the courthouse.

At a press conference immediately after, Lili Bernard, who has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 1992, called Constand the “Joan of Ark on the War on Rape.”

“Can you pinch me? I feel like I’m dreaming,” Bernard said.

“I feel like my faith in humanity is restored,” she added, thanking the jury “for positioning themselves on the right side of history.”