Bill Cosby's wife Camille breaks silence

Camille Cosby, right, released a statement today defending her husband Bill Cosby, who has been accused of numerous rape allegations over the past months. (Evan Vucci / AP)

Camille Cosby, wife of comedian Bill Cosby, released a statement today regarding the numerous rape allegations that have surfaced against her husband in recent months.

Camille Cosby's statement, obtained by ABC News, compares her husband's allegations to the Rolling Stone University of Virginia rape story.

Statement of Camille O. Cosby

I met my husband, Bill Cosby, in 1963, and we were married in 1964. The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew.

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 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?


Over a dozen women have come forward over the past months with accusations of being drugged and raped by Bill Cosby. Model Beverly Johnson, the most recent woman who has accused Cosby of rape, recounted her allegations on The View on Monday.

Cosby recently commented to New York Post reporter Stacy Brown on how his wife is holding up with the numerous rape allegations that Cosby has received.

"Love and the strength of womanhood. And you could put it, reverse it. The strength of womanhood and love," Cosby said.

One of Cosby's accusers, Tamara Green, recently filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, alleging he "publicly branded" her a liar after he refuted her claims.

Rolling Stone recently published an apology over its story regarding an alleged rape that took place at a University of Virginia fraternity house, noting that there were discrepancies in the accuser's account.
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