Friday 22 February 2019

Cosby victim of mob justice, claims wife

Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby's wife has called for a criminal investigation into the suburban Philadelphia prosecutor behind his sexual assault conviction.

Camille Cosby said the case, which could put the 80-year-old comedian in prison for the rest of his life, was "mob justice, not real justice" and a "tragedy" that must be undone.

She made her first comments on the verdict in a statement sent to the media a week after a jury found her husband of 54 years guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.


She said chief accuser Andrea Constand was a liar whose testimony about being drugged and molested at Cosby's home in January 2004 was "riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions".

Ms Constand said in a tweet last week that "truth prevails".

Mrs Cosby compared the dozens of other women who have accused her husband to a "lynch mob" spurred on by the media's "frenzied, relentless demonisation" of him.

She likened his treatment to that of Emmett Till, the black teenager who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955.

Mrs Cosby (74) said her husband's prosecution was politically motivated, and repeated his legal team's contention that he had been a pawn in a heated race for district attorney.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attacked opponent Bruce Castor in campaign ads over his decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 and announced the comedian's arrest a month after winning the 2015 election.

Mrs Cosby said Mr Steele and his team were "exploitive and corrupt" and their "primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr Cosby's life".

The board of governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the annual Oscars, has voted to expel Cosby from its membership, along with film director Roman Polanski.

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