Camille Cosby—Bill Cosby's wife—spoke out against the heavily scrutinized #MeToo movement in her first interview in six years.
She said that she is "very, very pleased" that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to take look at two aspect of her husband's case.
Cosby has been sitting in a suburban Philadelphia prison for nearly two years after a jury found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in his home back in 2004. The maximum penalty for his crime could be a full 10 years in prison, according to Global News.
The court is also set to consider whether the jury that found Cosby guilty should have listened to his own deposition testimony about giving Quaaludes to women.
The court will also look into Cosby's argument that he apparently made an agreement with a former prosecutor that would involve Cosby never being charged in the case.
Cosby admitted in his deposition that he had a string of consensual relationships with women, but many of the women said that they had been drugged and molested.
Cosby's wife fired shots at the #MeToo movement in suggesting that it has "an intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women."
“First of all, I don’t care what they feel,” she said.
“The #MeToo movement and movements like them have intentional ignorance pertaining to the history of particular white women—not all white women—but particular white women, who have from the very beginning, pertaining to the enslavement of African people, accused Black males of sexual assault without any proof whatsoever, no proof, anywhere on the face of the earth.”
"And by ignoring that history, they have put out a lie in itself and that is, ‘Because I’m female, I’m telling the truth.’ Well, history disproves that as well, and gender has never, ever equated with truth. So, they need to clean up their acts. And it’s all of us as women who have not participated anything nefarious—we know how women can lie. We know how they can do the same things that men do—that some men do—because there are good men and bad men. There are good women and bad women.”
She also defended her previous comparison of her husband with the lynching of Emmett Till in Mississippi in 1955.
“The parallel is that the same age-old thing about particular white women making accusations against Black men that are unproven—Emmett Till’s outcome, to mutilate his body in the way that it was, was just really so deeply horrendous,” she continued.
“I mean—there’s a lack of words for that kind of hatefulness. But see, years ago, I interviewed the survivors from the Tulsa, Oklahoma riots in 1921. And that was another case of a wife [sic] female making a claim of sexual assault claim against a Black male, which we all know if we know about the Tulsa, Oklahoma riots. It gave licence to mobs of white people converging on a very independent—economically independent, educationally independent—Black community, named Greenwood and Topher, and hundreds of people were killed,” she said.
“You feel that if your husband were not a Black man that these accusations would not have been made and he would not be in prison?”
“I don’t know that,” she added, “because some white men have… there are some who have been sent to prison. But… it’s not the same situation as the history (of) a particular white women with Black men."
The #MeToo movement has also come under criticism recently for its failure to address Tara Reade's claim that presidential candidate Joe Biden sexually assaulted her digitally while working for him in 1993.
There is currently no evidence available to suggest that the women who have come forward against Cosby were motivated by his race.
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