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Camille Cosby Defends Husband, Likens Rape Allegations to UVA Story

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 08:43 AM

Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, spoke out in a statement released this week to CBS News. In it, she defends her husband of 50 years against a number of sexual assault claims leveled at him in recent months by women who had contact with him in the 70s and 80s.

"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," Camille Cosby wrote Monday.

"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."

Camille Cosby then went on to compare the arc of the rape narrative to that of a University of Virginia student who alleged in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine that she was gang raped at a fraternity house. Rolling Stone later apologized for the story after its credibility was called into question by other reporters who spoke with friends of the young woman.

"We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heartbreaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue," she wrote. "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?"

Cosby has suffered a number of career setbacks as a result of the recent allegations, including canceled stand-up shows, the cancellation of his new sitcom with NBC, and the loss of a board of directors seat at Temple University.

On Friday, he spoke briefly with a New York Post reporter, praising his wife for standing by him.

"Love and the strength of womanhood," he said, explaining his wife's steadfastness. "Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love."

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Camille Cosby, Bill Cosby's wife, spoke out in a statement released this week to CBS News. In it, she defends her husband of 50 years against a number of sexual assault claims leveled at him in recent months by women who had contact with him in the 70s and 80s.
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