Kanye West Declares Bill Cosby Is ‘Innocent’

Kanye West decided to spend his Tuesday afternoon declaring Bill Cosby’s innocence on Twitter. Sure one could say there was some logic or publicity timing behind it but it was simply another case of “Kanye being Kanye.”

The Cos has been charged with aggravated indecent assault in a 2004 incident at his suburban Philadelphia home in which a former Temple University women’s basketball assistant accuses him of drugging and molesting her.

Dozens of other women also have come forward to accuse Cosby of rape and unwanted sexual contact in incidents going back to the 1960s. Several of those women have sued Cosby for defamation. Cosby has denied wrongdoing.

West was quickly denounced for Tuesday’s tweet.

“Kanye West has a lot of nerve to have tweeted ‘Bill Cosby innocent!’” attorney Gloria Allred, who represents 29 women accusing Cosby of misconduct, said in a statement. “This is a serious criminal case and guilt or innocence should be for the jury to decide, not Kanye West.”