Bill Cosby’s attorney Monique Pressley appeared on CNN’s “Legal View With Ashleigh Banfield” on Friday to condemn mass of accusations against her client, which she compared to the “lynch mobs” of the past.
“[T]hrough the decades, we have seen what we used to call lynch mobs, where people turned and pointed the finger at one person and accused that one person of doing something that they did not do, and they were filed into the court, one after another, to say, ‘He did it, he did it, she did it, she did it’ when it was not the case,” Pressley told Banfield. “That happened often in the ’60s and ’70s in this country.”
The attorney went on to say that Cosby’s case differs from the lynch-mob situation because the statute of limitations prevents the accusations from even making it to court.
“Mr. Cosby, as of today, is innocent until proven guilty. And there shall not be proof, because the statute of limitations has passed. People waited far too long to want to discuss these matters at all. So where we stand right now is with people attempting to do through media and through public opinion what they cannot do and have failed to do in a court of law,” Pressley told Banfield.
“Some say that the statute of limitations has expired and that’s convenient for Mr. Cosby. I disagree. I think it’s convenient for accusers, because then they’re not required to do what would happen if they actually had to be brought to court and stand under the scrutiny of examination for the allegations,” she added.
Banfield pressed the lawyer several times, pointing to the fact that 37 women with similar stories have publicly accused the comedian of raping or sexually assaulting them. Pressley, however, said she rejected the “clumping” that the women have done to make the allegations seem more credible.
“I know that it’s probably more impressive when we say numbers like 35 or 37, but 37 women are not saying that they were raped. Thirty-seven women are not saying that they were sexually assaulted,” Pressley said, in reference to the distinct differences in each of the accusers’ stories.
Pressley affirmed that Cosby is not obligated to speak on the allegations and that his lawyers are speaking out for him.
In recent months, Cosby has been accused of rape or sexual assault by dozens of women, with a common theme being that he allegedly drugged them beforehand.
Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, has denied such accusations in the past.
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