Bill Cosby has temporarily escaped consequences for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004 — the prosecutor in the case has vowed to retry him — but representatives for the 79-year-old disgraced comedian say he already has new plans: a series of town hall meetings in which he will teach teenagers, young athletes, and married men about how to avoid being charged with a sex crime.
Appearing on Fox6’s Good Day Alabama, Cosby spokespersons Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson said that being charged with sexual assault was an issue that could “affect any young person” and even “married men.”
“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.”
Cosby, his lawyer said, is legally blind and walks with a cane. He often struggled to make it into the courtroom and his lawyer has worried about what a second trial might do to his health. But no such concerns about conducting a speaking tour were expressed by Cosby’s representatives.
The irony of a man accused of drugging dozens of women and molesting them while they slept advising anyone on how to avoid being charged with sexual assault may not have been entirely lost on Wyatt and Benson. Surely, after all, the best way to avoid such charges would be to not drug and sexually assault women? At one point in the show, Good Day Alabama host Janice Rogers touched on the obvious, asking if the town hall would be a “sort of a do as I say not as I do thing?” In response, both Wyatt and Benson burst into laughter.
Meanwhile, several jurors have spoken out anonymously and provided insight into why the jury ended up deadlocked in the case. One juror, NBC News reported, said the jury was evenly divided over whether to convict or acquit, and added that the disgraced entertainer “has already paid his price.”
Another juror from the case spoke anonymously to The Associated Press in a report published on Thursday and said he that he felt “politics was involved” in the decision to charge Cosby. The AP published 14 minutes of audio of the interview, allowing listeners to hear the juror explain in his own voice and words what was happening behind the scenes, and how he was perceiving the case.
The juror suggested that Constand having worn revealing clothes that showed “a bare midriff” while at Cosby’s house had influenced how he perceived the alleged assault. The fact that Cosby admitted to dosing Constand with sedatives before their sexual encounter, he said, did not sway his opinion on whether or not Cosby had been given consent by Constand before he allegedly penetrated her with his fingers.
“He openly admitted that what he gave ’em, he gave ’em pills,” said the juror. “He almost incriminated himself.”
However, the juror also expressed doubts about Constand’s credibility, saying that, “It took her one year to report it … to the police, after the incident. That was a big question.” The juror said that an expert testified that it’s rather common for sexual assault victims to not report an alleged crime, and try to “rectify it in their minds,” as the juror put it, or report it years later. “That’s hard for me to believe,” he said, “that I’ve been injured and it takes me a year to report it. That’s difficult for me to believe.”
Listen to the juror’s interview in the three segments below.