Bill Cosby's wife speaks out calling conviction 'mob justice'


"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", she wrote in her statement.

The wife of Bill Cosby on Thursday slammed as "mob justice" her husband's conviction by a U.S. jury of sexual assault, attacking the media, prosecutors and his accuser in a tirade-laden statement.

She also argued that the media coverage made it impossible for him to have a fair trial.

She went on to target Andrea Constand - Bill Cosby's chief accuser and the only one of dozens whose statute of limitations had not run out - saying her testimony was "riddled with innumerable, dishonest contradictions" and accusing her of lying to extort money from her husband. "This is mob justice, not real justice".

Bill Cosby has been removed from the Advertising Hall of Fame following his sexual assault conviction.

"Since when are all accusers truthful?" she asked in her statement.

In other news surrounding Bill, the Television Academy has removed his name from the list of honourees on their official website.

Yet, the tone of her statement underscored the fiercely protective role Camille Cosby has played in shaping her husband's career and public image for more than five decades.

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Jurors in the case, in their own statement, said earlier this week that they unanimously arrived at a far different conclusion after hearing Constand confront Cosby in court over two days.

As for Constand, Camille Cosby wrote: "I firmly believe her recent testimony during trial was perjured. Are the media now the people's judges and juries?".

Cosby's wife of more than five decades also equated Cosby's fate to the death of Emmett Till, the black teen who was lynched in MS in 1955 after witnesses said they saw him suggestively whistling at a white woman.

Camille Cosby said her husband, once a beloved actor and comedian thought of as "America's Dad" for his role in a popular 1980s TV show, was railroaded by a self-serving system that she said demanded a criminal investigation of his prosecutors.

"Twelve honorable people - a jury of Cosby's peers - have spoken", Troiani said. "If they can do this to Mr. Cosby, they can do so to anyone".

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele attacked opponent Bruce Castor in campaign ads over his decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 and announced Cosby's arrest a month after winning the November 2015 election. A jury found him guilty of sexual assault and he is facing up to 30 years in prison as a result.

Steele's office declined to comment.