PHILADELPHIA (AP) – An attorney attacked by Bill Cosby’s spokesman and legal defense team says the comedian appears to be desperate in his fight against criminal sexual assault charges lodged against the actor in Pennsylvania.
Attorney Gloria Allred rejected accusations by Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt that her representation of several women accusing the comedian of drugging and sexually abusing them was built on racial bias and prejudice.
Allred writes in a statement that several of the women she represents are African-American and she thinks their voices should be heard. Allred has held numerous press conferences with women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, although it is not clear whether she represents any of the 13 women prosecutors want to testify against the comedian in the criminal case.
She represents a woman suing Cosby, claiming he forced her to perform a sex act at the Playboy Mansion around 1974, when she was underage.
Allred writes that ultimately the Pennsylvania case is about whether or not Cosby is guilty.