Bill Cosby’s wife Camille says the #MeToo movement needs to ‘clean up their act’ and that she doesn’t ‘care’ about the feelings of the more than 50 women who have accused her husband of drugging and sexually assaulting them.
Camille Cosby, 76, spoke to ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis over the phone on Tuesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed to hear part of her husband’s appeal on his 2018 sexual assault conviction.
‘My first reaction is hopefulness, possibilities,’ Camille said in her first major media interview in six years.
‘The state’s highest court has said: “Wait a minute. There are some problems here. They can be considered for an appeal.” I’m very, very pleased.’
Asked by Davis if she is concerned about ‘blowback from the #MeToo movement and those who feel you’re on the wrong side of history,’ Camille replied: ‘First of all, I don’t care what they feel.’
Camille Cosby said she is ‘very pleased’ with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to hear her husband’s appeal on his 2018 conviction for sexual assault. Bill and Camille are pictured together outside the Montgomery County Courthouse during his trial in 2017
She illustrated her second point by reciting an iconic line from the late novelist and civil rights activists James Baldwin’s 1972 book No Name in the Street: ‘Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.’
‘And I’m going to add the word “intentional,”‘ Camille 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.
‘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.’
Bill Cosby, 82, is currently serving three to 10 years in prison for sexual assault
Camille went on to defend comparisons she made in the past between the accusations against her husband and the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy who was kidnapped and murdered after witnesses said he whistled at a white woman in a Mississippi grocery store in 1955. The woman who made the claim in the first place admitted years later that it never happened.
‘The parallel is that the same age-old thing about particular white women making accusations against black men that are unproven,’ Camille said.
‘Emmett Till’s outcome, to…