Camille Cosby has condemned the trial of her husband, Bill Cosby, who was found guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004, as “mob justice” — comparing her husband’s case to past instances in which black men were jailed for sexual assault. In a dramatic public statement shared with the media and on Facebook, Camille compared the dozens of women who had accused her husband of drugging and raping them to a “lynch mob,” and declared that “once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law.”
Alluding to the case of civil rights icon Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after a 21-year-old white woman falsely claimed he had sexually harassed her, Camille painted her husband’s conviction as one of “many tragic instances of our justice system utterly and routinely failing to protect African Americans falsely accused in so-called courts of law and the entirely unfair court of public opinion.” Camille further alleged that Constand had lied about her husband in an attempt to get money out of him, and accused the district attorney of bringing up the case for his own political ends.
In her statement, Camille neglected to comment on her husband’s past admission that he had given quaaludes, a form of tranquilizer, to women with whom he wanted to have sex — a revelation that one jury member said was a deciding factor in his conviction.
Asked about Camille’s statement, Constand’s lawyer, Dolores Troiani, said, “Twelve honorable jurors — peers of Cosby — have spoken. There is nothing else that needs to be said.”
Read Camille Cosby’s full statement below.
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