Fresh off his mistrial for sexual assault, comedian Bill Cosby is reportedly planning to tour the U.S. to teach young people about sexual assault laws (video below).
Two of Cosby's spokespeople, Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson, told WBRC on June 21 that the 79-year-old comic will host some town halls to spread the word.
Wyatt dismissed notions of Cosby being retried for allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand:
Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work. We are now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city sometime in July ... Talk to young people. Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today. And they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing. And it also affects married men.
Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault dating back to the 1960s, which he has consistently denied through his lawyers.
Benson falsely asserted that "anything at this point can be considered sexual assault," and said that people need to be educated about sexual assault laws:
The laws are changing. The statute of limitations for victims sexual assault are being extended. So this is why people need to be educated on, a brush against a shoulder, anything at this point can be considered sexual assault, and its a good thing to be educated about the laws.
Cosby has not personally confirmed the town halls, but did tweet on June 21 about his publicists, notes TIME:
Thank You #GoodDayAlabama #WBRC #FOX6 and the most watched news anchor #JaniceRogers [Janice Rogers] [f]or having my publicists #AndrewWyatt and #EboneeBenson on your show.
Constand, who accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004, tweeted on June 19: "Thank you for the outpouring of love & kindness & support. I am eternally grateful for the messages I have received in recent days."
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office noted on Facebook on June 17 that Cosby would be retried: "DA Steele announces we will retry this case. William H. Cosby Jr. remains free on bail. New trial date will be set."
Tamara Green, a retired California lawyer who made allegations against the comedian in 2005, told PEOPLE: "It’s not an acquittal. I have faith in the jury system of the United States."
Kristina Ruehli, another woman who accused Cosby, gave her take on the hung jury:
This has been a particularly difficult case in it’s factual pattern. I think with a jury, perhaps some may have judged Andrea by what they would have done in her place -- perplexing to some -- rather than that in fact a non-consensual sexual assault did occur.
Sources: WBRC, TIME, Andrea Constand/Twitter, Montgomery County District Attorney's Office/Facebook, PEOPLE / Photo Credit: The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Flickr, Senator Chris Coons/Wikimedia Commons, Scott King via U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons