Eight Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out Against His Release in Joint Interview

 

Eight of Bill Cosby’s sexual assault accusers expressed their shock and disappointment

in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the comedian’s conviction.

NBC senior national correspondent Kate Snow followed up with seven of the 27 women

she spoke with in 2015 about Cosby’s alleged misconduct. Two of the women testified

against Cosby in court and shared the other accusers’ anger in the legal system.

“I’m angry at the legal system,” said Victoria Valentino. “We put our necks on the line

and then the legal system yanked the rug out from under us.”

“I’m feeling frustrated and upset because I feel like a bully has been let go,” added

Marcella Tate.

Kathy McKee and Linda Kirkpatrick added that they were “sickened” and “disgusted” by

Cosby’s release. Janice Baker-Kinney pointed out that Cosby was release was due to a

due process issue and not because he was innocent.

“He was not proclaimed innocent,” Baker-Kinney said. “They didn’t say he wasn’t guilty.

He’ll never be innocent. And I think those of us in our sisterhood need to hold on to

that.”

While some of the women believed the overturned conviction would prevent more

victims from coming forward, Lise-Lotte Lublin stated she would do it all over again.

“I would go back and do it again,” Lublin said. “This man has spent two years and nine

months in jail, this man has lost his entire reputation. He’s lost every bit of credibility

that he’s ever had.”

The women also rejected Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt’s claim about the role race

played in Cosby’s conviction.

“This is not about race, it’s about rape,” said Lili Bernard. “The only place that race plays

into this is the fact that Bill Cosby was disproportionately targeting Black women.”

About 60 women have publicly accused Bill Cosby of rape, sexual assault, and sexual

misconduct. During Thursday’s interview, the eight accusers declared their intent to

fight for change in the legal system, particularly changes to the statute of limitations on

sexual assault.

“There’s a fire inside of me,” Lublin said. “That just made me want to go out and make

change even more than I did in 2015. This has lit me up in the sense that I need to do

something, I need to do more.”

Source: USA Today

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