Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit


Benson's statement comes after Benson and Wyatt appeared on Good Day Alabama on Wednesday and said that Cosby was planning town halls after a mistrial was declared in a sexual assault case against him from accuser Andrea Constand.

The plans drew harsh criticism from women's advocacy groups, who called it "disgusting" and "outrageous".

Bill Cosby, center, gestures while exiting the Montgomery County Courthouse with his publicist Andrew Wyatt, second from left, after a mistrial was declared in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The announcement came less than a week after Cosby's high-profile trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault ended in a mistrial.

A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the objective 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.

On Twitter on Tuesday, Cosby said any information about public plans "will be given at the appropriate time". I will repeat: "These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault". "He never meant to speak about sexual assault".

Cosby, she said, wants to perform again but is unlikely to do so until all criminal charges are resolved, adding, "He doesn't take lightly the charges against him".

Instead of sexual assault, Benson said, "it is about continuing on with what Mr. Cosby started 50 years ago when he began in the entertainment business, which is the importance of community, importance of education". "He would never do anything that undermined the import of this issue".

Last week, a spokesperson said Cosby would be touring the nation, lecturing people and "married men" about sex crime accusations. "So I don't see him speaking publicly like that, no".

Two cases are headed for back-to-back trials in California next summer.

Judy Huth has accused Cosby, 79, of giving her alcohol and then sexually abusing her around 1974 when she was 15 at the Los Angeles mansion famed for hedonistic parties.

Judge Craig Karlan tentatively scheduled that trial for July 30 next year with the expectation it would occur after a retrial in Pennsylvania. Cosby faces a number of civil lawsuits in addition to the potential retrial of his criminal case. Agrusa said Tuesday he still feels that way. "I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault", she told CNN.