Kanye West’s ‘Bill Cosby Innocent’ tweet sparks outrage

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Kanye West accepts the video vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

(CNN) — With just one tweet, Kanye West succeeded at creating yet another Twitter storm.

The rapper caused an uproar on Twitter Tuesday, when he tweeted: “BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!”

West gave no explanation as to how he got to such a conclusion or any context as to why he made such a controversial comment. In fact, he moved on and posted about another hot topic — NBA star Lebron James’ new NIKE sneakers.

West’s declaration of innocence for Cosby — who is charged in a sexual assault case in Pennsylvania and has been publicly accused of assault by more than 50 women — did not sit well with many people, including celebrities like actress and comedian Sarah Silverman.

“Kanye!! You can’t be for real. FIFTY WOMEN. With nothing to gain thank to a statue of limitations ON RAPE. Oy,” Silverman wrote.

Host of TruTV’s “Billy On The Street” also weighed on the controversial tweet.

“Are we sure Kanye isn’t just a character from Zoolander?” Billy Eichner wrote.

Many more people took to Twitter to vent their displeasure with the artist.

“Awh man. This isn’t good. Don’t… man… You’re putting me in a weird position here,” one user wrote to the artist.

“You’re really upsetting me and all women pls stop,” another person wrote.

In the Pennsylvania case, Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand in his home in 2004.

Some wonder if all of this is a stunt so that the spotlight can be on West’s next allbum, “T.L.O.P,” set to be released Thursday?

Discrimination lawyer Gloria Allred, who is noted for taking high-profile and often controversial cases, issued the following statement in response to West’s tweet:

Kanye West has a lot of nerve to have tweeted “Bill Cosby innocent!”. I doubt that he has spoken to Andrea Constand, the alleged victim in the criminal case in which Mr. Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent sexual assault or that he has detailed knowledge of the evidence that the prosecutor may have.

This is a serious criminal case and guilt or innocence should be for the jury to decide, not Kanye West.

Ms. Cosby’s innocence or guilt should be determined in a court of law after a trial and will not be decided by a tweet.

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