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CNN Responds to Cosby Lawyer’s ‘Dishonesty’

Bill Cosby‘s lawyer Martin Singer accused CNN in a letter of “one-sided reporting” for not interviewing a witness of an alleged sexual assault, but CNN fired back in a letter today against Singer’s “dishonesty.”

The letter, signed by CNN’s David Vigilante and obtained by Mediaite, was sent in response to Singer accusing the network of not interviewing Mark Burk, who was the live-in boyfriend of Beverly Johnson around the time she claims she was raped by Cosby, because he wouldn’t give them the answers they wanted. He wrote, “CNN has abandoned journalistic rigor on this story, blindly ignoring and deterring exculpatory information while essentially becoming a willing broadcast agent for any allegation about my client.”

Vigilante starts out the letter by saying, “Your letter is remarkable for its dishonesty.” He says Burk had “no specific knowledge of Ms. Johnson’s claims,” and furthermore there were details that they left out:

“What you neglected to inform CNN about Mr. Burk was that he has a history of threatening and abusive behavior towards Ms. Johnson. Indeed, he is the subject of multiple restraining orders relating to her. This includes choking Ms. Johnson and even threatening to kill her, for which he pled guilty, was convicted and a criminal protective order was issued.”

There is also an individual identified as Mr. Gipple who Vigilante also says did not know Johnson “at the time the alleged incident occurred” and also happens to be a convicted felon, a detail––he again writes––”you again omitted in your prior correspondence.”

You can read the full letter here:

And you can watch Johnson’s CNN appearance here:

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