Camille Cosby: Undo Bill's Conviction for America

Comedian's wife fires off lengthy statement attacking legal system, 'unconstitutional frenzy'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2018 9:25 AM CDT
Camille Cosby: Conviction Is 'Mob Justice'
In this April 24, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby, left, arrives with his wife, Camille, for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

(Newser) – In the wake of his conviction for sexual assault, we've heard from Bill Cosby and the women who've accused him. Now Camille Cosby, who's been married to the disgraced comedian for almost 55 years, is taking her turn at the podium, via a statement released Thursday that calls what happened to her husband "mob justice," per Deadline. Taking aim at the media, accuser Andrea Constand, and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, among others, Camille Cosby blasts the "frenzied, relentless demonization" of her husband and "unproven accusations [that] evolved into lynch mobs," which led to a series of inconvenient and embarrassing consequences for the Cosbys (she mentions show cancellations, a "vindictive attempt" to shut down their exhibit at the Smithsonian, and the rescinding of honorary degrees).

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Cosby goes on to compare her husband's trial to that of Emmett Till ("Since when are all accusers truthful?") and says she wants a criminal probe into Steele, whose office she says ran an "unethical campaign." She also tries to appeal to the readers' patriotism, noting "if they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone." "How much longer will we, the majority of the people, tolerate judicial, executive, legislative, media, and corporate abuses of power?," she continues. "We, the majority of the people, must make America what it has declared itself to be … a democracy … not to be destroyed by vicious, lying, self-absorbed paradigms of evilness. … This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country." Read more from Camille Cosby's scathing statement here. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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