Bill Cosby is eager to get back to work now that his sexual assault case has ended in a mistrial, and the disgraced comedian already has a tour in the works according to his spokesperson.
Andrew Wyatt appeared on Good Day Alabama on Wednesday, and announced that the 79-year-old actor plans to host a series of town halls educating teenagers, young athletes and even married men about how to avoid being charged with a sex crime.
It was then revealed by Wyatt that one of those town halls would be taking place ‘some time in July’ in Birmingham.
Wyatt appeared on the show along with Camille Cosby’s spokesperson and fellow Alabama native Ebonee Benson in their first televised interview since the case ended in a mistrial on Saturday.
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From trial to teacher: Bill Cosby (above on Saturday) will hold a series of town halls around the country to teach young people about sexual assault
Big news: His spokesperson Andrew Wyatt announced the tour on Wednesday while appearing on ‘Good Day Alabama’
Reason: ‘The laws are changing, the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated,’ said Ebonee Benson (above)
‘We’re going to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby,’ explained Wyatt.
‘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.’
He then added: ‘And it also affects married men.’
That is when the host of the show, Janice Rogers, said: ‘Is it sort of a do as I say not as I do thing.’
The reference to Cosby’s infidelities with a number of other women and admission to giving some of those women Quaaludes caused both Wyatt and Benson to burst out in laughter.
Benson then hopped in to explain the dangers facing young people when ti comes to the subject of sex crimes.
‘The laws are changing, the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated on a brush against the shoulder,’ said Benson.
‘Because anything at this point can be considered sexual assault and it is a good thing to be educated about the laws.’
On the topic of law, Wyatt said early in the interview that he was not surprised at all with the verdict in the case.
‘[Cosby] has always said, “I don’t want people coming in deciding if I’m guilty or innocent. I don’t want them to take that stance. I want them to hear the truth,”‘ said Wyatt.
‘And I knew that once they heard the truth it was either going to be a mistrial or a verdict of not guilty.’
He claimed that there was ‘so many inconsistencies in Ms. Constand’s testimony.’
Wyatt then added: ‘She gave a different testimony to the Toronto police department and then to Montgomery County and then to the DA Castor at that time, which is why they decided not to press charges [in 2005].’
He also claimed the 52 hours that the jury tried to come to a verdict last week was the ‘longest deliberation ever in the history of Montgomery County’
As for his client, Cosby is doing better than ever according to Wyatt.
‘He’s great, I talked to him this morning,’ said the spokesperson.
‘He was excited to go home – and his life was at stake, his freedom was at stake – to go home and spend time with Mrs. Cosby and the children and just celebrate Father’s Day’
Free: Cosby will be back in court in as soon as four months as the DA attempts to quickly retry the comedian in the case (alleged victim Andrea Constand leaving court on Saturday)
Peas in a pod: Cosby, Wyatt and Benson exiting the Montgomey County Courthouse after his mistrial on Saturday
Cosby was just as happy as he walked out of the courthouse with Wyatt on Saturday, who raised a single fist in the air and declared that the comedian’s ‘power’ was back.
He also quoted Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panrthers, by stating: ‘Power is the ability to define phenomena, and make it act in a desired manner.’
Then, to close it out, he attacked those who represented the women accusing Cosby.
‘The jurors, they used their power to speak, and Mr. Cosby’s power is back,’ said Wyatt.
‘So the legacy didn’t go anywhere, it has been restored. And for all those attorneys who conspired like Gloria Allred, tell them to go back to law school and take another class.’
Camille Cosby, the comedian’s seldom-heard-from wife, also jumped into the fray with a statement of her own, which was read outside the courthouse by Benson and later posted on her husband’s Twitter account.
In it , she called District Attorney Steele ‘heinously and exploitevly ambitious,’ Judge O’Neill ‘overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney,’ the media as ‘blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.’
She did not attack the accusers, but did label their legal counsel as ‘totally unethical.’
Benson spoke about Camille’s statement in her interview on Wednesday.
‘It was a very direct statement. It was a very truthful and pure statement,’ said Benson.
‘I think the feedback only came from those who did not come and listen for the evidence for themselves.’
Benson also said in the interview that Cosby’s relationship with Constand, which she states was rape and he describes as a mutual affection, helped him in the case even though it revealed he had cheated on his wife.
‘I think [the jury] definitely thought about it, because this case, this trial happened years before we made it into a courtroom,’ said Benson.
‘This trial sort of played out in the eyes of the media, so public opinion was definitely a factor.’
She went on to say: ‘I think seeing Mrs Cosby in the courtroom the day that she did come, on closing arguments, and also hearing that statement from her afterwards, I think that resonated with the jury.
‘It took away the celebrity aspect and made them more like regular people.’
Benson then closed out by explaining: ‘Everyone has issues in a marriage, everyone has problems in a marriage.’