Bill Cosby’s attorney compared the comedian’s seemingly endless list of sexual assault accusers to a “lynch mob” during a spirited TV interview defense of her client this week. You can pretty much say the same for his ever-dwindling list of supporters.
Tom Werner is attending the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, promoting his Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, but The Hollywood Reporter asked the famed producer about his former – and most successful – series: The Cosby Show.
“We have responsibility for our bodies, we have responsibility for our decisions, we have responsibility for the way we conduct ourselves.The only way for a woman to get the justice that she seeks – and that, if her allegation is true, that she deserves – is to come forward [soon after the crime]”.
He chose instead to focus on the collateral damage the scandal caused for the legendary sitcom.
“I find it hard to believe a majority of white females saying an African-American male did this, [that] none of them would have been believed”, Pressley said, noting that they “would have been coming forward in the late ’60s and early ’70s” and “Bill Cosby was then, as he is now, a black man in America”. It continued in the ’80s what “Good Times” and “The Jeffersons” started in the ’70s – trying to break down stereotypes of black families.
Tom Werner, producer of Bill Cosby’s show, has broken his silence.
Last month, Cosby’s lawyer Monique Pressley defended the actor, who has remained nearly entirely tight-lipped about the allegations. “But I’m hoping that time will pass and that all that great acting and the great stories and the memorable moments will still be able to be viewed”.