Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby and his wife Camille released a scathing statement, rebuking Judge Stephen O'Neill in the ongoing battle to appeal his criminal conviction.
O'Neill, who presided over Cosby's criminal sexual assault case, wrote in a lengthy opinion filed Tuesday that he let five other accusers testify at the 2018 trial because their accounts had "chilling similarities" that pointed to a "signature" crime.
Cosby began serving a three- to 10-year prison term in September at a state prison near Philadelphia.
The Cosbys stood together in their denunciation of the judge.
Camille said in the statement, sent to USA TODAY by Cosby's spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, that the judge "tried to turn Bill Cosby into one of the most insidious stereotypes of African American men."
"Now, after more than 50 years of work, that humanized the dehumanized; which also challenged the perpetual architects of racist, exploitive and greedy maneuvers that have enabled them to divide and conquer … my husband has been severely redefined by Judge O'Neill, despite having zero proof."
"I stand firmly with my wife on the foundation of solidarity and truth," the disgraced actor added. "Camille has always been a fearless warrior against corruption and bigotry. She's not afraid of this unethical judge, nor am I afraid of O'Neill's grossly immoral tactics. Keep fighting...Dear...I Love You Very, Very Much."
Wyatt, in a statement, said O'Neill has a "habit of always trying to cover his many errors, which continues to show his hatred towards Mr. Cosby."
Contributing: Associated Press
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