Taking a page out of the Democratic Party’s playbook, Bill Cosby‘s defense is playing the race card in an attempt to flip the narrative on who the real victim is in the myriad of sexual assault complaints against the iconic comedian.
“The time has come to shine a spotlight on the trampling of Mr. Cosby’s civil rights,” said Cosby lawyer Brian McMonagle while addressing the press, according to ABC News.
A trial date of June 5, 2017, was set Tuesday in the case of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee Cosby is accused of drugging and molesting at his suburban Philadelphia home more than a decade ago — nearly 50 other women have made similar accusations against Cosby.
And McMonagle wasted little time in painting his client as the true victim while going after Gloria Allred, the high-profile attorney representing Constand.
“Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred, and throughout his career Mr. Cosby has always used his voice and his celebrity to highlight the commonalities and has portrayed the differences that are not negative — no matter the race, gender and religion of a person,” McMonagle said outside the Montgomery County courthouse.
“Yet over the last 14 months, Mr. Cosby and those who have supported him have been ignored while lawyers like Gloria Allred hold press conferences to accuse him of crimes for unwitnessed events that allegedly occurred almost a half-century earlier.”
Fortunately for Cosby, Allred is white.
“She calls herself a civil rights attorney, but her campaign against Mr. Cosby builds on racial bias and prejudice that can pollute the court of public opinion,” McMonagle said. “And when the media repeats her accusations — with no evidence, no trial and no jury — we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create.”
Allred dismissed the charges against her, releasing a statement that said Cosby “appears desperate.”
“With his latest pathetic attack on me, he unsuccessfully tries to portray himself as a victim rather than as a defendant in a criminal case accused of aggravated indecent sexual assault,” Allred said, according to ABC News. “This latest tactic will not work.”
“He complains about racial bias but what about the African-American women whom I represent who accuse him of sexual assault or rape and who refuse to remain silent about what they say they have suffered?” she continued. “I think they deserve a voice and I am proud to represent them. This is not an issue of racial bias. Instead, it is an issue of whether or not Mr. Cosby has committed acts of gender sexual violence.”
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