Black group defends Bill Cosby from 'opportunistic' women
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A prominent group of African-American conservatives is defending Bill Cosby from dozens of "opportunistic” women who have accused the longtime comedian of sexual assault.

Project 21, a conservative African American public policy group, says Cosby, 77, was treated unfairly by a federal judge this week who unsealed documents in which the comedian admits to secretly giving women drugs with whom he wanted to have sex.

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The documents had been sealed since 2006, but were released after a lawsuit by the Associated Press. 

Project 21 says the judge’s decision to release the documents was biased and unfair to Cosby.

Archbishop Council Nedd II, a founder of Project 21, accused the women who say Cosby raped them of being “opportunistic.” After waiting so many years to come forward, the women should be prepared to "live with whatever transpired," he suggested.

“What we have seen over the last year is Bill Cosby repeatedly attacked and tried in the media,” Nedd said in a statement. “Based on the fact that none of the accusers, seen on the variety of news and talk shows, saw fit to push for criminal charges when the events occurred, tells me that they made a personal and calculated decision to live with whatever transpired. To me, it seems opportunistic to seek media headlines now.”

Judge Eduardo Robreno argued that Cosby's stance on other issues meant that the documents should be unsealed.

“The stark contrast between Bill Cosby, the public moralist and Bill Cosby, the subject of serious allegations concerning improper (and perhaps criminal) conduct, is a matter as to which the AP — and by extension the public — has a significant interest,” the judge reasoned.

Project 21 noted that they were not defending Cosby’s alleged actions, but merely the process by which the judge decided to unseal the documents.