The group, sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, released a statement condemning the judge who unsealed Cosby’s 2005 deposition, calling the decision “appalling.”
“A decision to unseal documents is a weighty one and should only occur under exceptional circumstances – circumstances that have nothing to do with the popularity (or lack thereof) of one of the litigating parties,” said Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21.
The group argues that the Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, who cited Cosby’s infamous “Pound Cake” speech in his decision to unseal the documents on Monday, was wrong to use his past comments as justification.
Cosby had been testifying under oath during a sexual assault civil suit brought by a former Temple University employee. In the deposition, Cosby admitted to obtaining prescriptions for Quaaludes with the intention of giving them to women for sex.
“What we have seen over the last year is Bill Cosby repeatedly attacked and tried in the media,” said Archbishop Council Nedd II, one of the co-founders of Project 21. “Without commenting on the allegations against Dr. Cosby, or the credibility of the accusers, based on the fact that none of the accusers, seen on the variety of news and talk shows, saw fit to push for criminal charges when the events occurred, tells me that they made a personal and calculated decision to live with whatever transpired. To me it seems opportunistic to seek media headlines now.”