"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," Camille Cosby said in a statement. "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."
Bill Cosby, 77, stands accused of drugging and sexually assaulting more than a dozen women. Though the first alleged victims came forward years ago, their stories resurfaced in October, when Hannibal Buress referenced them in a stand-up routine. More and more accusers – including famous models like Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson – have since come forward.
In her statement, Camille Cosby likens the claims against her husband to the now divisive Rolling Stone article chronicling an alleged gang rape at a UVA fraternity. The magazine has since backtracked, casting doubt on on its own reporting.
"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," she said. "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?"
Cosby's lawyer, Martin Singer, has called the accusations against his client "unsubstantiated" and "fantastical."
Reporting by ELIZABETH LEONARD