Bill Cosby’s wife said she’s “very, very pleased” with an appeals court’s decision to review his sexual assault conviction — and suggested the #MeToo movement that landed her husband behind bars was driven by racism.
Camille Cosby, in her first interview in six years, spoke to ABC News a day after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to review two aspects of the case.
“The state’s highest court … has said, ‘Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for an appeal,’” she told the news network. “I’m very, very pleased.”
Her 82-year-old husband is serving a three- to 10-year sentence after a jury found him guilty 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 to introduce evidence that he’d given women Quaaludes.
Camille also slammed #MeToo activists in the wide-ranging interview — and suggested the movement is rooted in racism.
“First of all, I don’t care what they feel,” she told ABC.
“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,” Camille said.
She also said her husband’s case was not unlike the accusations that sparked the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre in 1921 — and said her previous comparison of Cosby’s conviction to the lynching of Emmett Till was warranted.
“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 told ABC.
“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,” she added.
“And that was another case of a [white] female making a claim of sexual assault claim against a black male, which we all know if we know about the Tulsa, Oklahoma, riots,” she said.
Camille also spoke about current protests against police brutality and racial inequality that are sprouting up across the country, saying she wished they were more “focused.”
“I’m very concerned about so many young people with nanosecond attention spans. They cannot be just jumping around from the movement to another,” she said.
Additional reporting by Lia Eustachewich