Bill Cosby‘s wife, Camille, has been sent a letter from the mother of a woman counted among the 33 women accusing the comedian of sexual misconduct.
Judy Thompson told the Associated Press she sent Camille the letter three weeks ago in order to communicate “mother to mother.” Her now 44-year-old daughter, Jennifer Thompson, claims Cosby paid her $700 after pressuring her to give him a handjob in his home in 1988.
“This letter was written from my heart,” Judy said, and explained that Camille’s defense of Cosby inspired her to reach out.
“Your husband crossed boundaries that never should have been breached,” Judy wrote in the letter. “He shattered her innocence.”
Camille released a statement in December questioning the validity of the claims against her husband.
“A different man has been portrayed in the media over the last two months. It is the portrait of a man that I do not know,” said Camille, who has been married to the comedian since 1964. “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?”
Judy maintains the victim was her daughter, who was 17 when she met Cosby and even introduced him to her parents. Cosby promised he would personally take care of her while persuading them to allow Jennifer to leave her home in Maryland in order to pursue a modeling career in New York City.
Since Jennifer’s encounter with Cosby, Judy claims she watched her daughter go from an ambitious teen to a woman “with an inner light extinguished.”
“To be so hurt and violated, and then not be believed! Resolution has not been easily forthcoming,” Thompson wrote in the letter. “We all remained in the shadows of your husband’s sick behavior.”
Judy does not know if Camille has read the letter, which concludes: “May you and Bill speak the truth and be afforded peace for your souls.”