Jill Scott, who took to social media earlier this month to retract her statements in defense of Bill Cosby, now has more to say on the matter.
Once standing on Cosby’s side and giving him full support, Scott withdrew her support, once Cosby’s 2005 deposition revealed that he did in fact buy drugs with the intent to give them to his sex partners.
“Proof will always matter more than public opinion,” she wrote on social media. “The sworn testimony is proof. Completely disgusted. I stood by a man I respected and loved. I was wrong. It HURTS!!! When you get it ALL right, holla.”
Yesterday, Scott spoke with the Huffington Post about her recent thoughts on the comedian. While she no longer backs Cosby as being innocent in the ongoing situation, Jill Scott believes that it is unfair for his “legacy” to be dismantled if you will, and other celebrities don’t suffer the same consequences.
“I’ve watched—let’s say for instance, Phil Spector. I don’t know if that was a proclivity or a moment of insanity, or whatever it was. But he killed a woman,” she said. “And he was tried and convicted and is serving time and is still in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I’m noticing that Bill Cosby—or the legacy—is being pulled apart inch by inch. I’m saying what is fair for some should be fair for all, where if the punishment fits the crime then it should be dealt with for everyone not just some.”
Cosby has since the allegations hit the media, lost ties with TV networks, universities, long time supporters, and more, ultimately tearing Cosby from his adored pedestal.
Scott also stated in the conversation, “I’m just saying being a creator or being an artist that is a Black man—that is beloved—is one of the most dangerous positions you can ever be in. Respected is one thing, but beloved is dangerous. And more importantly than everything else, they’re just people. Fallible and sometimes f*****d up.”
Scott has recently released her fifth album, Woman. In the music business for 15 years, the award winning artist hasn’t always been as vocal about her views and opinions. Recently that has changed, and she owns it fully.
Scott told the Huffington Post, “Finally I can say ‘I’m a grown ass woman.”