More than a dozen accusers have come forward, but Camille Cosby stands by her husband. After weeks of silence, the comedian’s wife came forward and defended “The Cosby Show” star after high-profile accusers like Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson claimed he drugged and -- in most cases -- sexually assaulted them.
"I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were marred 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," she 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."
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— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) December 15, 2014
She then said the man “portrayed in the media” is not to person she knows. Camille went on to compare the sexual assault allegations to the way Rolling Stone covered the rape allegations at the University of Virginia. “The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proven untrue,” she wrote. “Many in the media were quick to link that to stories about my husband -- until that story unwound.”
She finished her statement by questioning the “real” victim. “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?”
Since the accusations, Cosby’s public persona has gone into a tailspin. While there are some who defend him -- like Whoopi Goldberg -- the rape allegations have led the U.S. Navy to strip him of his honorary title, he stepped down from Temple University Board of Trustees, stations like TV Land dropped “Cosby Show” reruns and he canceled numerous appearances.
After supermodel Beverly Johnson penned her story in Vanity Fair, Cosby spoke out again. He asked the “black media” to stay impartial. “Let me say this. I only expect black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” he told the New York Post’s Page Six. Then, he mentioned his wife of 50 years, Camille, and said she was holding up with “love and the strength of womanhood.”
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