Camille Cosby Breaks Silence on Rape Allegations Against Husband Bill Cosby
Camille Cosby made her first public statement about the increasing number of sexual abuse allegations against her husband, comic Bill Cosby.
According to ABC News, the statement was released by Cosby spokesman David Brokaw, in which Camille said, “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.”
Camille then went on to compare what is happening to her husband to the recent article in Rolling Stone magazine “concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband - until that story unwound.”
She concluded, “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?”
Rolling Stone recently published an apology for its story regarding an alleged rape that took place at a University of Virginia fraternity house, noting that there were discrepancies in the accuser's account.
The 77-year-old comedian also spoke out recently, talking briefly with the NY Post on Saturday.
While he did not address the allegations directly, he praised Camille when asked how she was holding up. “Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”
Joining a list of nearly two dozen women, supermodel Beverly Johnson is the most recent alleged victim to speak up, claiming Cosby drugged her in the mid-'80s.
While representatives for Cosby have not responded to Johnson's claims, Cosby's lawyer, Marty Singer, released a statement last month regarding the "alleged decades-old events" against his client, saying they are "unsubstantiated stories” and asking the media to stop the "vilification of Mr. Cosby."
Cosby settled a civil suit with an alleged victim in November 2006.