In what appears to be a gesture of support, Bill Cosby’s publicist criticized the Harvey Weinstein verdict, calling it a “sad day in the American judicial system,” and posted the statement to Bill Cosby’s media accounts.
As we reported yesterday, Weinstein was found guilty in a New York court of third-degree rape of a former aspiring actress and a count of criminal sexual assault in the first degree. Andrew Wyatt said the verdict shows that the judicial system is not fair for “wealthy and famous men” seeking due process.
“Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men,” Andrew Wyatt wrote in a statement posted to Cosby’s social media accounts. “Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process?”
“Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System,” Wyatt concluded along with the hashtags, “#FreeBillCosby, #FarFromFinished, #DueProcess, #JusticeReform.”
Even though the jury deliberated for five days, Wyatt questioned their ability to do their jobs “impartially,” claiming that because they were not sequestered and had access to media coverage, they were potentially affected by public opinion.
Keep in mind, the jury was cautioned on several occasions to not read any media and there is nothing to indicate that the jury looked at media reports during the course of the trial.
Cosby has been in prison since he was found guilty in 2018 of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his home in 2004. He was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.