Bill Cosby’s wife said she is “very, very satisfied” with an appeals court’s decision to review her sexual assault conviction, and suggested that the #MeToo movement that took her husband to jail was fueled by racism .
Camille Cosby, in her first interview in six years, spoke to ABC News the day after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review two aspects of the case.
“The highest court in the state … has said: ‘Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for an appeal, ‘”he told the news network. “I am very, very happy.”
Her 82-year-old husband is serving a sentence of three to 10 years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
With Tuesday’s ruling, the court will review the judge’s decision to allow prosecutors to call five other accusers and introduce evidence that he had given the women Quaaludes.
Camille also criticized #MeToo activists in the lengthy interview, suggesting that the movement has its roots in racism.
“First of all, I don’t care what they feel,” he told ABC.
“The #MeToo movement and movements like them have intentional ignorance related to the history of white women in particular, not all white women, but white women in particular, who from the beginning, related to the slavery of Africans, accused the Black men of sexual assault without any proof, no proof, anywhere on the face of the Earth, “said Camille.
She also said that her husband’s case was no different than the allegations that led to the 1921 Tulsa, Oklahoma racial massacre, and said her previous comparison of Cosby’s conviction with the lynching of Emmett Till was warranted.
“The parallelism is that the same thing from yesteryear about particular white women making accusations against unproven black men: The result of Emmett Till, mutilating his body the way it was, was really so profoundly horrible,” she told ABC. .
“I mean, there is a lack of words for that kind of hatred. But see, years ago, I interviewed survivors of the Tulsa, Oklahoma riots in 1921, ”she added.
“And that was another case of a [white] woman making a sexual assault claim against a black man, which we all know if we know of the Tulsa, Oklahoma riots, “he said.
Camille also spoke about the current protests against police brutality and racial inequality that are emerging across the country, saying that she wished they were more “focused.”
“I am very concerned about so many young people with attention spans in nanoseconds. They can’t just be jumping from movement to movement, “he said.
Additional report by Lia Eustachewich