Evin Cosby has written a strong defense of her father, Bill, ahead of his June 5 trial.
In a piece for Black Press USA, Cosby wrote about the toll that the accusations against her father have taken on her family, and denied that her father has ever been sexually violent with women. More than 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual abuse or rape, and in an upcoming trial, he’s facing charges for drugging and molesting former Temple University women’s basketball coach Andrea Constand in Pennsylvania in 2004.
She placed much blame on “the cruelty of the media” for targeting her father.
“The public persecution of my dad, my kids’ grandfather, and the cruelty of the media and those who speak out branding my father a ‘rapist’ without ever knowing the truth and who shame our family and our friends for defending my dad, makes all of this so much worse for my family and my children,” she wrote. Cosby also said that the media was “only interested in the stories of women.”
She wrote nostalgically about her childhood with her famous father, and credited her parents for keeping her and her siblings down to earth in the midst of their father’s success.
“I felt loved and remembered loving the moments that my parents shared with us by exposing us to all types of people from all walks of life,” she wrote. “We grew up appreciating my father’s success because we knew the prejudice and racism he endured getting to where he got and how hard he worked for our family.”
Cosby also paints a very, very different picture of her father than the one that has been painted by the many women who spoke up about his alleged abuse. She writes:
My dad broke barriers and raised the conscious of America on important topics, especially for the advancement of women. On “The Cosby Show” he only depicted women as smart and accomplished. On “The Cosby Show” and on “A Different World,” he took on then taboo subjects like menstrual cycles and rape, and even did a show on AIDS before anyone else would bring it up. I am his fourth daughter. He raised me to go to college, start my own business, and be my own woman. He is helping me raise my children and teach them family values. I know that my father loves me, loves my sisters and my mother. He loves and respects women. He is not abusive, violent or a rapist.
Billy Cosby will go to trial on June 5 to defend himself over Constand’s accusations. Of his 50+ accusations, this is the only one for which he is being criminally charged.
Read the rest of Cosby’s letter over at Black Press USA.