Camille Cosby says the man depicted in the media since Hannibal Buress called Cosby a rapist during a stand-up performance in October, and which led to the deluge of allegations against Cosby in the weeks since, is not the man she knows.
"The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work," she said in a statement released to ABC News. "He is a kind man, a generous man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew."
The comedian's wife also slammed the media for not investigating allegations from the women coming forward, likening it to the fallout from a recentRolling Stone article about a rape victim at the University of Virginia that the magazine later admitted was not properly fact-checked prior to print.
"There appears to be no vetting of my husband's accusers before stories are published or aired," she wrote. "An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral."
Cosby continues to perform stand-up around the country amid the allegations. He has remained relatively quiet on the topic, first stating that he didn't need to respond to innuendos before telling the New York Post this week that the media should have a "neutral mind."
On Tuesday, Barbara Bowman, who was the first woman to accuse Cosby of wrongdoing in this recent wave of allegations, responded to Camille's statement. "I can't imagine the torment, anguish and deep disappointment Camille Cosby must be experiencing now," Bowman told Access Hollywood. "As she comes to terms with the raw reality of what her husband has caused as his partner of 50 years, she must be shedding tears for her family and for other families across the nation. Bill Cosby is not the man I thought I knew."
You can read Camille Cosby's entire statement below:
NEW: Camille Cosby releases statement defending Bill Cosby; questions news coverage of sexual assault allegations: pic.twitter.com/6C0815uHPV— ABC News (@ABC) December 15, 2014