Camille Cosby has come forward in defense of her husband of 50 years. She says the man that the media has put on trial in the last few months after more than two dozen accusers stepped forward accusing Bill Cosby of rape and sexual assault throughout their marriage have not given him the benefit of the doubt.
The normally private wife and mother released a statement today.
Here it is in its entirety:
“I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were married in 1964. The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.
A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man I do not know. It is also a portrait painted by individuals and organizations whom many in the media have given a pass. There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before stories are published or aired. An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral.
We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue.
(Editor’s Note: While some of the circumstances of the story in Rolling Stone are now in question, no one, including the victim’s friends, who have now come forward and identified themselves has said that a rape did not take place.)
Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband – until that story unwound.
None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim. But the question should be asked – who is the victim?”
Do you believe her? Do you think Cosby is the victim of a media witch hunt or do you believe the allegations?