Camille Cosby broke her silence on Monday in light of the many sexual assault allegations brought against her husband.
In the statement, she defends her husband, saying the allegations show “a portrait of a man I do not know” and rebuked the media for not “vetting” his accusers. She drew comparison to the recent Rolling Stone story about about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia, which the magazine issued an apology and acknowledged the story’s discrepancies after it was discovered that the reporter did not reach out to the alleged aggressors for comment. Several members of a fraternity on campus have refuted claims in the story as false.
Here’s her full statement:
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.
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. 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. But the question should be asked — who is the victim?
Her statement comes just a few days after Bill Cosby, too, broke his silence, also berating the media for not fact-checking.
“I know people are tired of me not saying anything,” he told Page Six. “People should fact check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”