Bill Cosby believes pedophile rapist R Kelly was ‘railroaded’ during ‘racist’ sex crimes trial and claim his appeal will be successful
The comedian blamed racism for Kelly’s conviction on several counts on Monday, and said any appeal the singer made would likely be successful.
Cosby himself was recently freed from prison after his sexual assault conviction was unexpectedly overturned in July.
In an interview with the New York Post, Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt said the 84-year-old felt Kelly ‘got railroaded’ and ‘wasn’t going to catch a break’ in his month-long trial.
‘The deck was stacked against Robert,’ Wyatt told the paper, using Kelly’s first name.
The Cosby rep also criticised lawyer Gloria Allred who represented victims in both Kelly and Cosby’s cases.
‘[Cosby] said that Gloria Allred did the same thing [with Kelly] that she did with him,’ Wyatt told TMZ.
‘You parade women out and you stir up the public sentiment to go against him and that’s what they did to R Kelly.’
Bill Cosby he believes disgraced singer R Kelly was ‘railroaded’ during his sex trafficking trial, according to his rep [File photo]
Kelly (center) was found guilty of all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking by a federal jury on Monday during his sex trafficking trial where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex [File photo]
Wyatt went on to claim that Kelly’s case was an example of ‘an assault on black men’ in America today.
‘This is an assault on successful black men who are doing great things,’ he said.
‘I see R Kelly having a strong case on appeal, and I think when he gets to the appellate court and when he gets to the highest court in the land, I think we’ll see a conviction overturned.’
The rep claimed to the Post that Kelly’s constitutional rights had been ‘grossly abused,’ pointing to the influence a documentary on allegations against the singer-songwriter appeared to have played in getting the case to court.
‘I don’t know anywhere but in this country, in the United States, that a documentary can bring someone to court,’ Wyatt said.
He claimed that Kelly, who at the peak of his fame was estimated to have earned some $100million, did not have the means or resources for his legal fight.
Wyatt also hit out at Kelly’s lawyers, saying ‘no one fought hard for him’.
Kelly, 54, was found guilty of all nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking by a federal jury on Monday during his sex trafficking trial where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.
A jury of seven men and five women reached the verdict after nine hours of deliberation and a six-week long trial featuring lurid testimony.
He faces up to 100 years in prison – 20 years for racketeering, 10 for each of the sex trafficking convictions. Sentencing is expected to take place on May 4, 2022.
Kelly has remained in custody after being denied bail in his New York City case in October 2019.
In April 2018, Cosby was convicted of sexual assault spent just two-and-a-half years behind bars before his conviction was overturned this summer.
The shock decision came after Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court found that the district attorney in 2005 had made a secret deal with Cosby.
The verbal agreement was that Cosby would not be criminally charged if he admitted to what he had done.
In July, a court ruled that the current DA had to honor the 2005 agreement.
Bill Cosby (left) is pictured with his publicist, Andrew Wyatt in July 2021