Jill Scott Withdraws Support for Bill Cosby: 'His Own Testimony Offers Proof of Terrible Deeds'
Shortly after 2005 court document excerpts surfaced that reveal the comedian admitted to giving Quaaludes to a young woman before having sex with her, the singer took to Twitter to announce she no longer stands by the man she called her mentor.
“About Bill Cosby,” she started off a series of Tweets on Monday. “Sadly his own testimony offers PROOF of terrible deeds, which is ALL I have ever required to believe the accusations.”
Scott went on to explain that she previously didn’t believe the women’s accounts because there was no evidence to prove them at the time.
“I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla,” she wrote before her final Tweet, which featured an image that read, “Everyone has a chapter in their life that they don’t read out loud.”
Last year, the 43-year-old singer took heat after she defended Cosby on her Twitter account as his legal drama escalated, writing at the time, “I’m respecting a man who has done more for the image of Brown people that almost anyone EVER.”
She went on to call the allegations, which have now come from more than 40 women, “insane” and stated that she “know[s] Bill Cosby.”
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Scott was one of a handful of women who stood by the comedian – who has denied the accusations – after the number of allegations of sexual assault mounted over the past several months. Others who gave Cosby the benefit of the doubt were Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Bonet and Raven-Symoné.
On Monday, a Pennsylvania judge unsealed a motion, at the request of the Associated Press, from a 2005 federal sex-assault case brought by a woman named Andrea Constand. The papers include an admission from the actor that he gave Quaaludes to the woman and then slept with her.
“I meet Ms. [name redacted] in Las Vegas,” Cosby said in the deposition. “She meets me back stage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex.”