Last month, Bill Cosby was found guilty of three accounts of sexual assault, each carrying a sentence of 10 years in prison, after a retrial of a 2017 case in which a mistrial was declared.
Seven days after the verdict, his wife, Camille Cosby, who has kept silent until now, has spoken out in a lengthy statement.
Nearly 800 words long, the statement compared his treatment to the injustice of Emmett Till – a black teenager who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955. She also recounted the case of Darryl Hunt:
“Are the media now the people’s judges and juries? Since when are all accusers truthful? History disproves that…for example, Emmett Till’s accuser immediately comes to mind. In 1955, she testified before a jury of white men in a Mississippi courtroom that a 14-year-old African American boy had sexually assaulted her, only to later admit several decades later in 2008 that her testimony was false. A more recent example is the case of Darryl Hunt, an African American who in 1984 was wrongfully convicted for the rape and murder of a white woman, only to have DNA evidence establish in 1994 that he did not commit the crime. Nonetheless he was held in prison until 2004, serving almost twenty years behind bars, until the true rapist confessed to the crimes.”
Camille Cosby also attacked the chief accuser Andrea Constand, suggesting she was a liar and her testimony about being drugged and molested at Cosby’s home in 2004 was “riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions”. Constand sued Cosby in 2005, and settled for over $3.4 million.
No sentencing date has been set yet for the criminal case.