Cosby’s wife unleashes after verdict
THE long-suffering wife of Bill Cosby has broken her silence, calling for a probe into the "corrupt" office of the prosecutor who finally brought down America's Dad.
"I am publicly asking for a criminal investigation of that district attorney and his cohorts," Camille Cosby, the disgraced comedian's spouse of 54 years, wrote in a blistering statement. "This is a homogeneous group of exploitative and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr Cosby's life. If they can do this to Mr Cosby, they can do so to anyone."
The comments came a week after Cosby was convicted of three charges of aggravated indecent assault following a three-week retrial in suburban Philadelphia, reports the New York Post.
The charges against Cosby were filed more than a decade after Andrea Constand, a former university basketball administrator, accused the actor of drugging and sexually assaulting her in January 2005.
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, who prosecuted the case, campaigned on a promise that he would try Cosby after his predecessor declined to do so.
"In the case of Bill Cosby, unproven accusations evolved into lynch mobs, who publicly and privately coerced cancellations of Bill Cosby's scheduled performances; syndications of The Cosby Show; rescissions of honorary degrees and a vindictive attempt to close an exhibition of our collection of African-American art in the Smithsonian Museum of African Art," Camille Cosby wrote.
The 74-year-old's statement also took aim at the media, which she blamed for "frenzied, relentless demonisation of [Cosby] and unquestioning acceptance of accusers' allegations."
The protest echoed statements made by her husband's spokesman Andrew Wyatt last week. Both compared the entertainer's verdict to the fate of Emmet Till.
Till, a 14-year-old African-American, was lynched in Mississippi in 1955 after a white woman accused him of flirting with her.
No sentencing date has been set for Cosby, who remains under electronic monitoring in his Pennsylvania home.
He faces up to 10 years in jail on each count.
This story was originally published in the New York Post and is reprinted with permission.