Bill Cosby is now claiming to be a victim of racism in the case his lawyers are trying in the court of public opinion. According to the New York Post, Cosby’s attorneys are speaking out about the fact that 12 of the 13 accusers in the criminal case against Cosby are white.
Cosby’s legal team raised the issue on the courthouse steps Tuesday after a hearing in his criminal sex assault case in suburban Philadelphia. Whether they intend to bring up race in the courtroom remains to be seen. At a minimum, some legal experts said the defense is trying to influence potential jurors.
Cosby’s attorneys’ other tactic, it appears, is blaming Gloria Allred, the plaintiff’s attorney who never met a press conference she didn’t like.
“Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred,” his lawyers said in a statement. “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.”
In fact, Cosby, in his infamous “Ghettosburg Address,” had a few things to say about discrimination and racial hatred.
“I’m talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don’t know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don’t you know where he is? And why doesn’t the father show up to talk to this boy?” Cosby said in the speech, delivered on the 50th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. “You’re raising pimps. That’s what a pimp is. A pimp will act nasty to you so you have to go out and get them something. And then you bring it back and maybe he or she hugs you. And that’s why pimp is so famous.”
And Cosby—accused of drugging and assaulting women and using his considerable power and influence to keep them from reporting it—seems like he might know from experience.
Editors Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the accusers as jurors. It has since been corrected.