In the wake of his sexual assault conviction, Bill Cosby has found an unlikely sympathizer in Akon.
The “Don’t Matter” singer came to Cosby’s defense while talking to TMZ at LAX on Monday (May 7), just two weeks after the comedian was found guilty on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. He faces up to 10 years of prison for each count, or 30 years total.
“You don’t really know if he did it or he didn’t do it,” Akon told the cameraman, who then reminded the singer that Cosby has been convicted. “Yeah, but it’s been a lot of people convicted that’s been innocent,” he responded.
“In situations like this you just…I don’t know. I’ve already been painted a picture of Bill Cosby. He’s a hero to me from the pictures that’s been painted. It’s hard to flip that around because I grew up as a child looking up to this man. And I wasn’t there at the trial, so whatever was revealed or whatever was. These are allegations from 30 to 40 years ago.”
He ended the conversation by noting, “If the law doesn’t catch you, karma will eventually.” See the full clip below.