Not less than a week after escaping a sexual assault conviction when the jury deadlocked 10-2 against him, legendary comedian Bill Cosby wants to host a series of town halls educating other men on how they can avoid being accused themselves of sexual assault or rape.
I’m not making that up.
Cosby’s spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson, are from Alabama, so they were invited on the local FOX affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., for Good Day Alabama with host Janice Rogers.
While on air, Wyatt announced Cosby’s intentions to tour with his sexual education town halls.
“Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby, this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today,” Wyatt told Rogers. “They need to know what they are facing when they are hanging out and partying, when they are doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing — and it also affects married men.”
Benson added that men need to know how to behave, especially she said, since legislation has allowed longer statutes of limitations for women or men to come forward to report rape, sexual assault and molestation. “Laws are changing,” she said. “So this is why people need to be educated against a brush against the shoulder — anything at this point can be considered sexual assault. It’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”
In an additional statement, Wyatt said they’d “received hundreds of calls” from supporters asking for Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system. They argued that Cosby’s settlement of a civil suit against him in 2004 should have prevented this criminal case coming to trial.
Gloria Allred, an attorney representing some of the 60-plus women who have accused Cosby of raping or assaulting them over the decades, fired back: “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 continued: “Under the circumstances Mr. Cosby should not be conducting sex assault workshops, but if he does do them then the best advice he can give to those attending is that if you do not drug and sexually assault women, then you need not worry about being charged with a crime.”