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Cosby's wife stands by her man despite accusations

Bill Cosby's wife has rejected sex assault claims against her husband, saying the veteran entertainer being accused by at least 15 women of drugging and having sex with them is "a man I do not know".

In a statement, Camille Cosby dismissed accusations that date back as far as the late 1960s and suggested that her husband, not the women, was the party being harmed.

"None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking a victim," she said. "But the question should be asked - who is the victim?"

Cosby (77) is being sued for defamation by one alleged victim and for sexual battery by another who says he forced her to perform a sex act when she was 15.

He has never been charged in connection with any of the accusations, and his lawyers deny many of them. He settled with a Pennsylvania woman who in a 2005 lawsuit said Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.

A new round of claims of sexual assault and rape began in early November, accusations Mrs Cosby said had not been properly vetted by the media.

Noting that she married Cosby in 1964, a year after they met, she said: "The man I met, and fell in love with, and whom I continue to love, is the man you all knew through his work. He is a kind man, a generous man, a funny man, and a wonderful husband, father and friend. He is the man you thought you knew."


The statement, released by Cosby spokesman David Brokaw, is the first public comment from Mrs Cosby since the renewed allegations began.

Since then, the comedian's tour has been whittled by cancellations and indefinite postponements of about 10 concerts in as many states reaching into next spring. A comedy special was canceled by Netflix and NBC scuttled his prospective new sitcom that had been in the works.

Yesterday Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, a historically black institution, announced it was suspending its endowed professorship with Cosby.

Mrs Cosby's defence of her husband came after the publication of a brief interview with Cosby in The New York Post, where he maintained his silence regarding the allegations while praising his wife for "love and the strength of womanhood" for weathering the public scrutiny raging against him.

Meanwhile, a lawyer for Judy Huth, who claims Cosby sexually abused her when she was 15, said he has interviewed two witnesses who corroborate her story.