Lena Dunham speaks out on Bill Cosby's mistrial
Bill Cosby's celebrity peers aren't shying away from sounding off about his mistrial, declared Saturday by a Pennsylvania judge.
Girls creator Lena Dunham sent a series of tweets Saturday morning, condemning the legal system and sending love to sexual assault victims.
Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby. When women see justice served, their own fear & trauma are eased. When they don't...— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017
Survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth. It is an unimaginable grind— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017
My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today. I see you. I love you.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017
ps It's okay to check out of the news and honor yourself today. Do whatever you need to feel whole.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017
Civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom was among the first to tweet after the mistrial announcement, encouraging people to continue to fight rape culture.
Olivia Wilde retweeted justice writer Shaun King, who said, "How will our justice system sensibly hold ANY men accountable for sexual assault when the President of the United States gets away with it?"
Andy Lassner, executive producer of The Ellen Show, wrote "I BELIEVE YOU" to the women accusing Cosby of sexual assault. He also referenced President Trump by retweeting Mark Gongloff and Adam Schiff.
Comedian D.L. Hughley focused on the deliberation. Cosby's jury took more than 50 hours to deliberate. The jury in the Philando Castile case took 27 hours.
Cosby faced three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault during a 10-day trial stemming from allegations made by Andrea Constand, a former basketball manager for Cosby's alma mater, Temple University. Constand says the star drugged and molested her in 2004 at his home outside of Philadelphia. Cosby, 79, claims she consented to their encounter.
Though Cosby did not testify, he attended proceedings every day.
His wife of more than 50 years, Camille Cosby, accompanied him Monday, and his onscreen daughter, Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show escorted him into the Montgomery County Courthouse on June 5.
- Fairfax Media with USA Today