8 Things You Should Know About Monique Pressley, The Black Woman Defending Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby just hired Monique Pressley, a super accomplished Black female attorney to represent him against his notorious sexual assault allegations, now in the dozens, and ongoing public scrutiny.
Cosby’s new attorney’s hire comes on the heels of Cosby’s admission from a 2005 lawsuit, when the comedy icon said he indeed purchased Quaaludes, a popular ’70s drug, with an intent to give them to women for sex.
Getting Pressley onboard is clearly strategic and a move by Cosby’s team to get in front of the comedian’s declining public reputation, particularly with recent reports he will have to testify to molesting a 15 year-old girl, which Pressley tried to get dismissed Wednesday.
Hiring Pressley to defend him might be sending a message that if she, an intelligent Black woman, believes he’s innocent, then he really must be innocent.
Pressley is a D.C.-based maverick and a Howard alum with loads of bragging rights under her belt, including TV legal analyst, minister, speaker and radio show host.
There’s no doubt Pressley has her work cut out for her and time will only tell how publicly defending the embattled TV legend will work out for her career in the long run.
We found out a few things you should know about Pressley and why the Black woman caping for Cosby should be on your radar!
1. She’s a longtime defender of Cosby.
Pressley is already on the television circuit with interviews on ‘Good Morning America,’ ‘The Situation Room,’ ‘NewsOne Now’ and ‘Inside Edition’ just to name a few. In defending Cosby, she has said, “The sheer volume or number of people saying the same thing, does not make it true.”
2. She’s a strong supporter of Bree Newsome.
If you scroll through Pressley’s Instagram feed, you’ll see a picture of Bree Newsome taking down the Confederate flag with the caption, “NOW THAT’S A WOMAN. #nogutsnoglory #theyearofthewoman #takeitdown #breenewsome.”
3. She has her own firm.
Pressley is the principal of The Pressley Law Firm, which is based in Washington, D.C. and specializes in complex civil litigation, new business incorporation and, development and church law issues.
4. Pressley is an ordained minister.
She’s been ordained since October 2007 and in 2013, she launched Monique Pressley Ministries, a world wide evangelical ministry. Not only does she want to spread the gospel, she also empowers people to live better lives using her legal experience.
5. She hosts a radio show.
Pressley hosts a radio show called, “Breathe Through It,” where she has interviewed attorney Benjamin Crump and Bishop T.D. Jakes.
6. Pressley’s a proud HBCU alum.
Pressley graduated from the Howard University School of Law.
7. She’s a southern girl with children.
Pressley is a native of Galveston, TX and is the mother of a daughter and son.
8. Pressley is dedicated to healthy living.
She developed a three-month health and wellness program for women that provides practical health and wellness information with the Biblical teachings related to good health and diet.