- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Bill Cosby’s lawyer said Tuesday that his client — who will stand trial in June for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman — is a victim of “racial bias and prejudice.”

In a written statement, Mr. Cosby’s legal team blasted attorney Gloria Allred, who has represented many of the comedian’s accusers.

“Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred, and throughout his career Mr. Cosby has always used his voice and his celebrity to highlight the commonalities and has portrayed the differences that are not negative — no matter the race, gender and religion of a person,” his lawyer Brian McMonagle told reporters outside a Pennsylvania courthouse, ABC News reported.

“Yet over the last 14 months, Mr. Cosby and those who have supported him have been ignored while lawyers like Gloria Allred hold press conferences to accuse him of crimes for unwitnessed events that allegedly occurred almost a half-century earlier,” he continued. “[Ms. Allred] calls herself a civil rights attorney, but her campaign against Mr. Cosby builds on racial bias and prejudice that can pollute the court of public opinion. And when the media repeats her accusations — with no evidence, no trial and no jury — we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create.”

Mr. Allred fired back in a statement, obtained by ABC News, calling the attack “pathetic” and ineffectual.

“With his latest pathetic attack on me, he unsuccessfully tries to portray himself as a victim rather than as a defendant in a criminal case accused of aggravated indecent sexual assault. This latest tactic will not work,” she stated.

“He complains about racial bias but what about the African American women whom I represent who accuse him of sexual assault or rape and who refuse to remain silent about what they say they have suffered? I think they deserve a voice and I am proud to represent them,” she said. “This is not an issue of racial bias. Instead, it is an issue of whether or not Mr. Cosby has committed acts of gender sexual violence.”

More than 50 women have accused Mr. Cosby of sexual assault or misconduct. The 79-year-old former star of “The Cosby Show” is charged with sexual assaulting Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 — the only criminal case stemming from those allegations. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail until his trial on June 5, 2017. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

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