Cosby accuser Lili Bernard, an actress who said Cosby drugged and raped her, told CNN that today’s verdict was a “hallelujah moment” for her despite feeling “mixed emotions” over its length.
“This is a momentous decision in the me-too era,” Bernard said. She added:
“It’s incredibly important. I do have mixed emotions. On the one hand I feel absolutely elated that justice was served. On the other hand I also feel disappointed because clearly the three-year minimum sentence does not adequately reflect the havoc this man, this rapist, has inflicted on so many women including myself.”
“It does indicate there is now a shift in the legal system that is now going to reflect modern culture and that now women’s voices are being believed and women’s lives are being valued.”
Bill Cosby’s PR representatives read out statements following the sentencing, decrying a “sex war” and referencing Jesus.
“I believe and think it is important to point out that this has been the most racist and sexist trial in the history of the United States,” said Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s publicist. He claimed that some of those who testified against Cosby were “white women who make money off of accusing black men of being sexual predators.”
Wyatt also tied Cosby’s verdict to the accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming both were victims in a “sex war.” He did not elaborate.
Wyatt later referenced the persecution of Jesus, saying, Cosby “knows that these are lies. They persecuted Jesus and look what happened. Not saying Mr. Cosby’s Jesus, but we know what this country has done to black men for centuries.”