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Bill Cosby Calls Reports of Sexual Assault ‘Town Halls’ False ‘Propaganda’

Variety logo Variety 6/27/2017 Gene Maddaus
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Bill Cosby has ruled out holding a series of “town halls” to discuss sexual assault, an idea first floated by his publicists last week.

“The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false,” Cosby said in a statement, issued by spokesman Andrew Wyatt. “Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate time.”

A Pennsylvania jury failed to reach a verdict earlier this month on charges that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. The district attorney has announced he intends to retry the 79-year-old comedian.

Cosby’s publicists took the outcome of the trial as a victory. Wyatt and a colleague, Ebonee Benson, went on WBRC, a local Fox affiliate in Birmingham, Alabama, to discuss Cosby’s plans for the future. They indicated that Cosby would share lessons on how to avoid being falsely accused of sexual misconduct.

“We’re now planning town halls and we’re going to be coming to this city sometime in July… to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt said. “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.”

However, it appears they got ahead of themselves. On Tuesday, Angela Agrusa, one of Cosby’s defense attorneys, said she “can’t imagine” that his legal team would allow him to discuss sexual assault while the charges remain pending.

“He doesn’t take lightly these criminal charges,” Agrusa said, according to the Associated Press. “He would never do anything that undermined the importance of this issue. I don’t see him speaking publicly like that.”

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