How to Avoid Sexual Assault Charges: Don’t Sexually Assault People

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There are conflicting accounts from the jurors in the Bill Cosby case as to why they ended up in a deadlock that resulted in a mistrial. One has said that the jurors were split almost half-and-half on votes for conviction or against it. Another has said that there were actually only two holdouts who refused to flip in favor of the conviction the 10 others were set on. They had spent at least 50 hours deliberating the evidence in a case where Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The allegations against Cosby include drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand as far as this specific trial. There have been dozens of other women who have come forward, either suing Cosby on similar allegations or giving media interviews. Prosecutors called at least one other woman who has accused Cosby to testify in Constand’s trial in order to establish a pattern of behavior for Cosby.

Some estimates put the number of accusers against Cosby at least 60 women. Many of the narratives share commonalities, reinforcing the likely validity of the accusations. The LA Times wrote ahead of the trial in 2016 that many of Cosby’s accusers “said they believed Cosby to be a father figure, and they recalled gaining consciousness in compromised sexual positions after ingesting a substance Cosby had provided.”

As the judge in the case released the names of the 12 jurors and 6 alternates, and as reports continue to develop as to the details of the deadlock, Cosby made a mind-boggling announcement Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson for Cosby, 79, reported to Good Day Alabama that Cosby intends on “going on tour” in a speaking series aimed at teaching teenagers and married men how to avoid sexual assault allegations.

Andrew Wyatt, speaking on behalf of Bill Cosby, appeared with Ebonee Benson, speaking on behalf of Cosby’s wife, Camille. When the show’s host asked if this tour would be more of a “do as I say not as I do thing,” the two men reportedly burst out laughing.

The first event is already in the works for an unspecified date in July.

The reaction to the announcement was mixed, with some in the media calling the tour a platform to teach kids how not to sexually assault others even though it seems clear that it is actually about how to avoid being accused of sexual assault. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on the part of some article title-makers and editors.

That holds with the general reaction to the news on social media, with one Twitter users tweeting: “Hey Bill Cosby! Wanna really teach young ppl ‘how to avoid being accused of sexual assault?’ Tell them not to sexually assault anyone.”

It is not clear as yet what the next step is for Cosby’s accusers; but, we are definitely likely to get a deluge of information as the jurors enter the spotlight and Cosby starts to speak.

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