Bill Cosby planning speaking engagements about sexual assault, rep says

Gladys Abbott
June 24, 2017

After getting a mistrial in the case in which a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her, Bill Cosby is now planning to host town halls to educate young people on sexual assault laws to protect themselves against false charges.

Cosby. 79, was charged in 2015 with sexually assaulting Andrew Constand more than a decade ago, but jurors at his trial earlier this month in Norristown, PA, were unable to render a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts.

"Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work", Wyatt said in an interview on Wednesday with "Good Day Alabama", in Birmingham.

Ebonee Benson, the spokeswoman for wife Camille Cosby, said the comedian wants to warn young people that "anything" can be considered sexual assault.

He further added, "This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today".

In an email to The New York Times, Wyatt said that his client has received "hundreds of calls from civic organizations and churches requesting for Mr. Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system".

Although there is no official schedule of the town halls, his team is planning on at least five city tours that would include stops in Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia.

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Bill Cosby walks from the courtroom during a break in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

Cosby still faces several civil cases from a few of the almost 60 women who have come forward in recent years, accusing him of decades-old sexual assault. The juror said he heard scuttlebutt that a judge reached out to Constand and reopened the case because the statute of limitations was about to expire. One alternate who was not part of any deliberations said he would have voted to convict Cosby, who denies Constand's allegations and the accusations of other women.

"The statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended", Benson said.

Delaney Henderson, a PAVE ambassador who attended the Cosby trial to support Constand, offered her own advice to Cosby.

The announcement of Cosby's how-to sexual assault tour has not gone over well. Burress' act and the release of the 2015 civil court transcript rekindled the focus on Cosby, and since then, dozens of other women have come forward with their stories.

The decision not to charge Cosby in 2005 also was a sticking point for the juror, who said he didn't understand why the investigation was reopened.

The juror said the panel was nearly evenly split in its deliberations, with a similar number of jurors wanting to convict the 79-year-old entertainer as acquit him.

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