Cosby accuser says legal system ‘threw us really under the bus’
One of the women who accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault said the legal system threw the women who spoke out “under the bus.”
“I’m angry at the legal system because they threw us really under the bus,” Victoria Valentino told NBC News’s Kate Snow on “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.”
Eight of Cosby’s accusers joined the show that will air Wednesday evening.
Cosby was released from prison last week after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found that then-Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor in 2005 promised he would not prosecute Cosby if he agreed to testify in a civil lawsuit that was brought on by an alleged accuser.
When the next district attorney, Risa Vetri Ferman, took over the case, she did not abide by the agreement and even used part of Cosby’s testimony in the civil suit to get him convicted criminally.
The Supreme Court said not abiding by the agreement violated Cosby’s due process rights, prompting his release from prison.
“It’s really lit this fire under us. These women that are all speaking tonight, we’re all angry now. You know, I think many of us have processed what has happened and now are angry about it, and it’s only going to reignite our passions for supporting others in the same position,” Janice Baker-Kinney, another accuser, said.
Cosby is currently out of prison and is reportedly mulling a return to comedy clubs.
“When I was called and found out that he was getting out of prison, I mean, I was so stunned. I just couldn’t even think straight. And as the day went on and I had to continue talking about it to the media, the anger just kept growing and growing and growing. And by the end of the day, I was just livid, just livid,” Valentino said.
When asked if they regretted testifying, accusers Lise-Lotte Lublin and Barbara Bowman both said no.
“Absolutely not. I would go back and do it again, and I would do it for anybody who came up at this point. And you know, if there was a new case with someone else, I would testify again. I don’t, I don’t feel like I have been, you know, set back to day one because this man has spent two years and nine months in jail. This man has lost his entire reputation. He’s lost every bit of credibility that he’s ever had,” Lublin said.