Bill Cosby has been criticized by Jimmy Kimmel for defending R. Kelly after the singer’s conviction for racketeering and sex trafficking.
Cosby faced his own fall from grace in 2018, when he was convicted of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. However, Cosby was released from prison in June this year, after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court vacated his conviction.
“I Believe I Can Fly” singer Kelly—whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly—is now awaiting sentencing after his conviction in a New York court on Monday. Prosecutors said the 54-year-old had sexually abused women, girls and boys for many years.
But Cosby, through his spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, has expressed support for Kelly. On Tuesday, Wyatt was asked by TMZ what the 84-year-old former comedian thought about the conviction. Wyatt replied: “We talked about it today, and the first thing he said was, ‘Look, the guy was railroaded.’