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Bill Cosby’s Wife Camille Insists On His Innocence, Compares Him To Emmett Till

In a three-page statement, Camille Cosby called her husband’s conviction a tragedy. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Bill Cosby’s wife Camille Cosby has a lot to say about her husband’s recent conviction.

After being accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women, the 80-year-old actor and comedian was convicted last month of drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004. Judging by the language Cosby used in the courtroom, he was none too pleased with the verdict, and it seems that his wife Camille feels the same. In a lengthy statement, Cosby’s wife of 54 years blasted the media and her husband’s accusers, and even compared his plight to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, ABC News reports.

“Once again, an innocent person has been found guilty based on an unthinking, unquestioning, unconstitutional frenzy propagated by the media and allowed to play out in a supposed court of law,” Camille Cosby wrote in a three-page statement. “This is mob justice, not real justice. This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country.”

She accused Constand of lying about being sexually assaulted for money, and claimed that her testimony about the night Cosby allegedly drugged and molested her was “riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions.”

She also called for a “criminal investigation” into Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, whose office prosecuted Cosby’s case.

“This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosby’s life,” she wrote. “If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone.”

She went on to compare her husband’s plight to notable cases of black boys and men being wrongly convicted after being accused of sexually assaulting white women.

“Since when are all accusers truthful? History disproves that...for example, Emmett Till’s accuser immediately comes to mind,” she wrote, referencing the 14-year-old boy who, in 1955, was lynched by white men after being accused of whistling at and touching a white woman. His accuser, Carolyn Bryant Donham, admitted that she lied decades later.

Cosby concluded her statement, “Someday the truth will prevail, it always does.”

A spokeswoman representing the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said that prosecutors do not have a response to Camille Cosby's statement, NPR reports, while Dolores Troiani, attorney for Andrea Constand, commented, “Twelve honorable people — a jury of Cosby's peers — have spoken. There’s nothing else to say.”

Bill Cosby is currently on house arrest in Philadelphia while awaiting sentencing. He’s facing up to 10 years in prison.

(Photo: Actor Bill Cosby and wife Camille Cosby arrive at Bill Cosby Trial at Montgomery County Courthouse on June 12, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. By Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)