Bill Cosby to host ‘educational tour about sexual assault allegations’

In what may be one of the most freakish twists of the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial, a spokesperson for the entertainer revealed Thursday on WBRC’s Good Day Alabama that Cosby will hold town halls to discuss sexual assault.Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Birmingham, Ala., TV station WBRC that Cosby intends to hold a series of town hall meetings to educate young men on the problems their behavior like “hanging out and partying” could create.”We’re going to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby“, Wyatt said.In an interview with CNN, Wyatt said there is no firm schedule but expected Cosby to make five to seven stops that would include Chicago, Detroit and Philadelphia, beginning sometime in July.Ebonee Benson, an associate of Wyatt’s who read comments from Cosby’s wife, Camille, following the end of the comedian’s trial in Norristown last week, added that “people need to be educated” about sexual-assault laws because “anything … can be considered sexual assault”.Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial on Saturday morning, and Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said he planned to retry the case.He said he found Cosby’s own words to be convincing.”I received hundreds of calls from civic organisations and churches requesting Mr Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system”.Prior to the trial, Cosby told CNN host Michael Smerconish on his Sirius XM radio show that he wanted to get back to comedy and motivational speaking after the case was over.Nearly 60 women have accused Mr. Cosby of a whole range of inappropriate acts, from unsolicited sexual touching to rape, regularly with the help of drugs that left them unable to defend themselves. Cosby and his legal team have vehemently denied all accusations against him throughout the highly-publicized process of the trial. Many of those alleged assaults date back decades, and the statute of limitations for bringing charges has expired in almost every case.Like most things Shonda Rhimes creates, her idea for a “town hall” to support sexual assault survivors knocks it out of the park.A spokeswoman for anti-sexual violence organisation RAINN said: “It would be more useful if Mr Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place”.The case is the only criminal prosecution to emerge from dozens of similar allegations against Cosby, dating as far back as the 1960s, with the other cases too old to prosecute.