Bill Cosby's wife broke her silence Monday on the mounting rape and drugging allegations made against her husband, calling the media coverage unfair.
In her statement, Camille O. Cosby opened by calling her husband a "kind man, and generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father, and friend."
Bill Cosby, she said, "is the man you thought you knew."
She then went on to address the media's coverage of women who say the comedian drugged and raped them:
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.
We all followed the story of the article in the Rolling Stone concerning allegations of the rape at the University of Virginia. The story was heart-breaking, but ultimately appears to be proved to be untrue. 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?
Bill Cosby also recently broke his silence, telling freelance journalist Stacy Brown his wife of more than 50 years was holding up due to "love and the strength of womanhood."
Camille Cosby's statement came just days after supermodel Beverly Johnson became the latest of several women to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging or sexually assaulting them.
In an essay in Vanity Fair that published Friday, Johnson recalled her decision to confront Bill Cosby about the alleged drugging, which she said occurred at his New York City home in the 1980s. When she called his private number, Camille Cosby answered the phone.
Johnson said she did not tell Camille or anyone else what happened.
Jason Wells is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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