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Reactions to the Cosby Sentence: Accusers and Allies Speak

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Andrew Wyatt, Bill Cosby’s publicist, gave a scathing statement outside the courthouse, accusing prosecutors of fabricating evidence, referring to a “sex war” and to the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and saying that Mr. Cosby’s prosecution had “been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States.” He called Mr. Cosby “one of the greatest educators of men and boys over the last 50 years.” He also made several accusations:

All three of the psychologists who testified against Dr. Cosby were white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators.

It is no accident that the prosecutor still worked so close with anti-black and anti-male activist groups who tried to extort $100 million from Dr. Cosby in 2014 and continues to produce racist and sexist publicity against him through the 35 clients. What is going on in Washington today with Judge Kavanaugh is part of that sex war that Judge O’Neill, along with his wife, are a part of. Regarding the psychologist Kristen Dudley [an expert witness for the state] she is a practitioner of mindfulness. This is an eastern-inspired practice that is controversial in the field of psychology.

Camille Cosby, Mr. Cosby’s wife, also issued a statement outside the courthouse which was read by her publicist, Ebonee Benson, who said evidence in the case had been falsified:

We have now learned and will prove that Bill Cosby was denied his right to a fair trial because the D.A. of Montgomery County, Kevin Steele, used falsified evidence against him.

After being tipped off by a recent online publication that a tape recording Mr. Steele played during trial was doctored, Mr. Cosby retained a forensic expert to conduct an audio authenticity analysis of the recording. Gianna Constand, the mother of Andrea Constand, had surreptitiously and illegally made the recording of Mr. Cosby in 2005 without his knowledge or consent. That recording was provided to Bruce Castor while he was D.A. of Montgomery County.

Mr. Castor determined that Gianna Constand’s surreptitious recording constituted a potential felony under Pennsylvania’s law, required Miss Constand to obtain Mr. Cosby’s consent to the recording. Years later in 2014, Kevin Steele beat Mr. Castor for D.A. by unethically attacking him for not prosecuting my husband.

He thereafter used the illegal recording in both trials claiming that it was an authentic recording of the 2005 conversation. Mr. Steele relied heavily on the recording in both trials, ultimately convincing the jury in the second trial to return a verdict of guilty.

Sonia Osorio, president of the National Organization for Women, New York, issued a statement that said:

Bill Cosby seeing the inside of a cell sends a strong message that predators — no matter who they are, from Hollywood to Wall Street to the Supreme Court — can no longer be protected at the expense of victims.

The courageous survivors who spoke out and the diligent prosecutors made his trial and conviction possible. They exposed Bill Cosby, and they helped pave the way for the #MeToo movement that is transforming our world.

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