A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the goal of the comedian's planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault.
His sexual assault case ended with a deadlocked jury and mistrial.
"Mr. Cosby's so called workshops appear to be a transparent and slick effort to attempt to influence the jury pool from which jurors will be selected for his second criminal trial", Allred said in a statement to ABC News.
Angela Rose, the executive director of the sexual assault survivors group Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), said the town halls were a form of "victim blaming". It's the media, argued Benson, who made the proposed town halls about sexual assault, not Cosby's team. This comes from Deadline, which says Cosby's publicist Ebonee Benson is claiming that the town hall meetings were never about sexual assault, and that they'll actually be focused on "the restoration of [Cosby's] legacy", which was "destroyed by the media" even before he went to court.
Later that day, Mr Wyatt told Rolling Stone: "It's important to educate people that you could be at a baseball game and it could be crowded and a young man could try to squeeze through and accidentally touch a young lady's butt or breast by mistake and that could be considered sexual assault".
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Bill Cosby is taking his act on the road, which is a great reason to stay off the road, unless you want a final glimpse of the fetid image occupying the sewer that runs alongside it. "You know, this, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today", Wyatt said.
Reached for comment about his remarks, Wyatt said in an email Thursday afternoon that Cosby intends "to speak to young men and women about the judicial system", specifically how "people in the judicial system can use their powers to annul deals for personal agenda and political ambitions".
Dugan said "I would say I was a fan", of Cosby and he didn't initially believe the defendant was guilty but was eventually swayed by "people's opinions and hearing their arguments".
A town hall will be held in Birmingham in July, Wyatt said. While this might sound like an admission of guilt, "doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing", Cosby's spokespeople were adamant that the seminars were important.
Hmmm. that sure sounds like a discussion of sexual assault and sexual assault legislation to us! "And it's. a good thing to be educated about the law". Cosby was tried on charges stemming from an encounter with former Temple University worker Andrea Constand, who alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004.
Instead, frustrated jurors paced around during deliberations. After the mistrial, Steele declared he would retry the case (O'Neill will rule on that within a few months), so how the jury voted and what hung them up would be of crucial importance to both sides' strategies at a new trial in order to avoid a repeat. Now that he's not sitting in jail for sexual assault, he's going to embark on a national tour that tells people how they can avoid sitting in jail for sexual assault.