Following the verdict in the Harvey Weinstein case on Monday, through his publicist, Bill Cosby issued a statement on the matter. Cosby used the statement as a way to establish a sense of solidarity with Weinstein in the wake of the #MeToo movement. He also goes as far as to claim Weinstein was subjected to unfair trial proceedings.
Cosby’s publicist Bill Wyatt wrote in a lengthy Instagram post, “This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion,” adding, “There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts.”
Wyatt goes on to write, “Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men…Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process?” He also noted, “if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System.”
Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of third-degree rape and criminal sexual assault but avoided the more serious charge of first-degree rape.