Bill Cosby’s Attorney Says All Women That Are Sexually Assaulted Have A “Responsibility” To Immediately Report It
After unsealed court documents from Bill Cosby’s 2005 deposition were released the actor and comedian has been put through the ringer. Under oath, Cosby admits to drugging numerous women with the intent of having sex with them by giving them Quaaludes.
Since its release, The New York Daily News labeled him “America’s rapist,” Spelman College ended its endowed professorship with him, and New York Magazine created a compelling cover story covering the stories of 35 women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault.
Despite the criminalizing stories, Cosby is finally fighting back with attorney Monique Pressley. Widely acclaimed and seasoned in her profession, Monique specializes in complex civil litigation, new business incorporation and development, and church law issues. Pressley joined HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill to discuss the allegations being brought against her client.
In the 47-minute video, she explains why she took on the role of Bill’s attorney, saying that he should be entitled to a “good and capable defense.” Throughout the interview, she stands her ground, making it clear that her standpoint on the case is that of a lawyer: innocent until proven guilty.
Pressley’s reaction to the sexual allegations was that all women who are sexually assaulted have a “responsibility” to immediately report it to create evidence of the crime, further explaining that the justice system can’t work unless women report sexual assault promptly:
“I’m not speculating, I’m not thinking, I’m not opining… What I’m saying is women have responsibility. We have responsibility for our bodies, we have responsibility for our decisions, we have responsibilities for the ways we conduct ourselves… I’m not talking about these women, I’m saying all women have responsibility… If a woman is violated by a man, and does not report, for whatever reason… in a court of law, the entire situation will never be brought forward for purposes of justice.”
Watch the video below.