Bill Cosby’s Wife Issues Statement of Support, Decries Lack of ‘Vetting’ of Accusers

Camille Cosby Defends Bill Cosby
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Camille Cosby, the wife of Bill Cosby, issued a statement on Monday in which she took issue with the way that the media has covered accusations against her husband, even comparing it to the now-questioned Rolling Stone expose of rape allegations at the University of Virginia.

“A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months,” Cosby said in her statement. “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.”

Camille Cosby’s decision to issue a statement nearly a month after the allegations of sexual assault reached the crisis point for her husband raises the question of whether Bill Cosby’s legal team is in the process of mounting a broader defense to the allegations of sexual assault and drugging incidents recounted by two dozen women, some dating back more than 40 years.

Speculation about a heightened damage-control campaign was also fueled by the statement released Monday from Cosby lawyer John P. Schmitt about the comedian’s telephone contact with freelance journalist Stacy Brown that led to a New York Post story on Saturday. Cosby’s assertion that African-American media would give his story an unbiased hearing and that his wife’s love and “womanhood” was helping him get through the scandal were widely reported by other news outlets.

Schmitt’s statement claimed that Brown did not tell Cosby he was interviewing him for the publication, and, more seriously, did not inform Cosby that the brief conversation was being recorded — which illegal in some states although not in New York, where Cosby lives (although it’s not clear where he was at the time of the call. Brown made the media rounds with the interview during the weekend.

“In a discussion of journalistic standards, Mr. Brown failed to adhere to the most basic standards of his profession,” Schmitt said.

Brown defended his actions in an interview Monday with USA Today: “I’m not going to argue with him or the statement. But the call was so brief. It was two minutes. It just wasn’t a thing where I could say at the end, ‘Is this something you mind if I share?’ “

Meanwhile, Camille Cosby’s statement also comes on the same day that Spelman College in Atlanta moved to distance itself from Cosby, who has donated more than $20 million to the historically black college over the years.

Camille Cosby cited the coverage of the allegations of rape at the University of Virginia recounted in Rolling Stone. The magazine later issued a clarification, saying that there were “discrepancies” in the accuser’s account and that the story was still being investigated.”

“The story was heartbreaking, but ultimately appears to be untrue,” Camille Cosby wrote. “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?”

The Cosbys met in 1963 and were married in 1964. “The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all know through his work,” Cosby said. “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.”

The cascade of allegations against Cosby has cost the veteran entertainer his deal with NBC to develop a new sitcom, a Netflix standup comedy special and even the availability of reruns of his 1980s hit “The Cosby Show.” He resigned his seat on the board of Temple University under pressure, among other professional costs.

Model and actress Beverly Johnson was the latest to come forward with a disturbing allegations of having been drugged by Cosby while ostensibly auditioning for a part on “The Cosby Show” in 1986.

Cynthia Littleton contributed to this report.

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  1. robertffloyd2 says:

    CAMILLE COSBY KNOWS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE THE TYPE OF “MAN” BILL COSBY TRULY IS. MRS. COSBY PLAYS THE ROLE OF THE “PROTECTIVE MOTHER” WHO STANDS UP FOR HER BAD SEED “CHILD”, NO MATTER HOW EVIL HE ACTUALLY IS. I DON’T BELIEVE SHE IS IN DENIAL, I BELIEVE SHE HAS RESIGNED HERSELF TO A FAITHFUL ROLE TO BILL COSBY SIMPLY FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION. HOPEFULLY SHE WIL OUTLIVE COSBY AND BE COMPEN$ATED FOR HER 50 + YEAR COMMITMENT TO A DRUG-RAPING MORAL HYPOCRITE.

  2. I have just one question for Camille Cosby:
    Did you ever hear the expression “Fifty million Frenchmen can’t be wrong?”

  3. Artemis Rose says:

    Shame on Camille for NOT being a morally responsible wife and woman. A morally responsible wife would not deny the reality of what has happened, she would, have helped her “sick” husband seek professional therapy and treatment to address his socio-pathological character defects as an obsessive compulsive sex addict and, thus, preventing Cosby’s decades long, ongoing, never-ending, drugging and rapes of women.

    Camille is a co-conspirator and has enabled her husband, just as she is now, and doing nothing to help her husband or her family, or Cosby’s victims.

  4. Bernardine Lasse says:

    I’m sorry, Mrs. Cosby. Some years ago,I happened to be a member of a large party at a superb but smallish restaurant in Manhattan, having reserved months in advance a particular table we’d enjoyed there. We arrived just moments before you, your husband, and family for a holiday dinner. The headwaiter had already begun to show us to the secluded table when your husband erupted. In a fit of celebrity spleen, he insisted that we be intercepted and sent to a less desirable table near the door. There was some objection from the management as well as the host of our party. Dr. Cosby became quite loud, insistent and frankly nasty about it. So, of course, to avert a catastrophe in a very nice restaurant on a holiday, the management accommodated him and plied us with free wines and other emoluments at our lesser table.
    No, it’s not drugged rape, but it certainly wasn’t this kind, sensitive person you seem to perceive in him. You were standing right next to him, and none of your often-noted graciousness managed to emerge to do the right thing.

  5. Markus says:

    The fact has also escaped many that many of these women were teenagers and very young adults in the 80’s just like the priests who molested children many of those accusers were also silent for years. This is a typical pattern of victims particularly when the men who sexually abuse/molest them are such prominent and respected members of society. The very fact that they are held in such high regard is why they fully expect to be protected. I believe these women many who financially set and are all around the same age. Where there’s smoke there is fire. His wife will be his strongest ally denial will remain her best friend. But deep down I believe she knows and simply doesn’t care which makes her in my opinion an enabler. Bill Cosby expecting the “black journalist” to protect him is offensive to me as a person of color. There are some things you do not get protection from Sexual Predator and Bill Cosby are forever linked as far as I’m concerned. The fact that she is even suggesting to “vet” the accusers? Really lady? She is delusional and I say a deplorable human being. We have moved past “vetting” the accusers and that is PLURAL with an “s”!

  6. Drake L.A. says:

    right, blame the media… the same media that protected you for decades and no longer has a reason to do so. camille and bill should really listen to their lawyer and stay quiet because attacking the press is the worst imaginable thing they could do if they want these stories to disappear.

  7. Artemis Rose says:

    Shame on Camille for NOT being a morally responsible wife and woman.  A morally responsible wife would not deny the reality of what has happened, she would, have helped her “sick” husband seek professional therapy and treatment to address his socio-pathological character defects as an obsessive compulsive sex addict and, thus, preventing Cosby’s decades long, ongoing, never-ending, drugging and rapes of women.

    Camille is a co-conspirator and has enabled her husband, just as she is now, and doing nothing to help her husband or her family, or Cosby’s victims.

  8. Tom says:

    The fact that a large number of these women are so clearly speaking from the heart is “vetting” enough for me. By the way, someone should have her to listen to Cosby’s old standup routine (On youtube among other places) about how great it would be to drug women for sex.

    • Lance says:

      I’ve been a fan of Cosby for going on 40 years now and have never heard him denigrate women, not even at the many of his live, late-night performances I’ve attended. So you found something off-color on You Tube. Many performers make crude jokes about women in their routines. It’s a cheap laugh, but hardly evidence of abuse. I’m sure a lot of rap stars better hope they’re not the next to be accused without evidence and tried in the court of public opinion.

      Arguably, Cosby has done more to promote positive images of women than any other comedian in our time. Note the Mrs. Huxtable character in “The Cosby Show”. Yeah, whoever created that character must have really hated women.

      So speaking from the heart is vetting enough for you? I’m sorry but I thought the accusers were actresses, i.e., professional storytellers who can make you believe whatever they want you to believe. Maybe we should see if they have any evidence before we kill Cosby. Just sayin’.

      The fact these women chose to stay silent for so long should raise suspicions. We are told they waited because they didn’t want to risk their careers. Let’s pause to consider that. I don’t know about you, but if I’m drugged and raped on the job, I’m not going to protect the guy who did it to me in order to stay in the field. I’m going to take the SOB down, consequences be damned. All the women I’ve asked have said they would too and can’t comprehend how these women could have kept quiet just to “make it” in Hollywood.

  9. Amazing that all these accusations are coming out decades after they supposedly occurred. Personally, I don’t care unless there’s some proof either way, which there likely isn’t. What’s done can’t be un-done, and if everyone can move past it all, fine. I know that sounds callus and uncaring, but what’s happening right now, serves no purpose other than to keep the AP & Reuters busy.

  10. JOE S HILL says:

    Good for Her! finally,someone sane and brave enough,to stand by her husband,who has been the target
    of this campaign of defamation and lies,by unknown accusers,throwing charges and accusations,which have YET to show the tiniest piece of TRUTH in any of them! its totally insane,to believe such charges,
    when they’re 30 40 years old,and not holding ANY water to a single one of them! if these women were sexually attacked and drugged by Cosby,then it was their own personal responsibility to report these crimes WHEN THEY HAPPENED,and NOT decades ago! somebody sure went through a whole lot of trouble to dig-up as much dirt as they could on this guy,and that has to be motivated by either Hate,personal politics,or likely racism,,but whatever it is,its still going to be pretty tough to prove any of this,,but destroying the man’s reputation like this,and without the facts,is damned cold blooded!

  11. Name says:

    The Cosby’s keep flapping their gums, but he has yet to issue any kind of direct denial of any of the accusations. Again, if there was nothing to any of this, all of the dozens of accusers would currently be facing huge defamation lawsuits. The fact that neither that nor any kind of denial is forthcoming is more than a little suspicious, and everyone except the Cos knows it.

  12. michael Anthony says:

    I think settling a suit several years ago, which is when most if the women first came forward, gave the media plenty of time to vet their stories. Thus didn’t just start a few months ago.

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