Just days after comedian Bill Cosby broke his silence in regards to mounting allegations of sexual assault against him, his wife, Camille Cosby, released a statement to the press.
Cosby’s wife of more than 50 years reportedly defended him, and criticized media outlets that she says have been quick to rush to judgment.
She cited the comedian’s character and body of work in her defense:
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.
She went on to express her opinions of Cosby’s portrayal in the media, and questioned the journalistic integrity of new reports of his alleged victims:
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.
She also likened the media’s handling of the allegations to a recent Rolling Stone article regarding rape accusations at the University of Virginia.
“We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue,” she said. “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,” she said. “But the question should be asked, who is the victim?”
Bill Cosby has been accused of sexually assaulting at least 20 women since October, after comedian Hannibal Buress publicly called him out during a show in Philadelphia.
Supermodel Beverly Johnson is the latest woman to come forward, claiming Cosby raped her inside his home in the 1980s.