Bill Cosby's wife has hit out at the media, prosecutors and his accuser after the comedian was convicted of sexual assault, branding it "mob justice".

Camille Cosby, who has been married to the Cosby Show star for more than 50 years, issued a statement on social media after the 80-year-old was convicted of drugging and molesting a woman.

"This is mob justice, not real justice," she said.

"This tragedy must be undone not just for Bill Cosby, but for the country."

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Image:The couple have been married for more than 50 years

The three-page statement follows a trial at which 12 jurors last week found Cosby guilty on three counts of sexual assault for attacking the woman at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

They reached a unanimous verdict after 14 hours of deliberations.

His first trial ended in June last year with a hung jury.

Actor and comedian Bill Cosby arrives for first day of retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in... 0:31
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Mrs Cosby called for a "criminal investigation" into the district attorney "and his cohorts" for an "unethical campaign" after they brought charges "all based on what I believe to be a falsified account by the newly elected district attorney's key witness".

She added: "This is a homogeneous group of exploitive and corrupt people, whose primary purpose is to advance themselves professionally and economically at the expense of Mr. Cosbys life.

"If they can do this to Mr Cosby, they can do so to anyone."

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after the first day of his sexual assault retrial
Image:Cosby's lawyers have vowed to appeal against the conviction

The 74-year-old television producer also claimed the media's "relentless demonisation" of her husband had "eliminated the possibility of a fair trial".

"Bill Cosby was labelled as guilty because the media and accusers said so… period," she said.

"And the media ensured the dissemination of that propaganda by establishing barricades preventing the dissemination of the truth in violation of the protections of the First Amendment. Are the media now the people's judges and juries?"

Mrs Cosby suggested her husband was the victim of racial discrimination and cited "many tragic instances of our justice system utterly and routinely failing to protect African Americans falsely accused".

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The TV star remains at home on a $1m (£736,000) bail awaiting sentencing, with each count carrying a maximum of 10 years in jail.

His legal team has said it will appeal against the conviction.

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