Cosby references #MeToo in return to Philly

Angelo Anderson
January 13, 2018

Accused rapist Bill Cosby reportedly spent the evening of January 10 telling jokes in a "largely empty dining room", as he dined with an old friend in Philadelphia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But that was before the revelations about movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo movement burst into the public sphere.

According to the Associated Press, Cosby shook hands with a female reporter, and said, "Please don't put me on #MeToo", clarifying, "I just shook your hand like a man".

When a reporter asked Cosby about his upcoming retrial for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, he said, "We're ready".

Jurors couldn't agree the first time around whether to accept a woman's story that "America's Dad", Bill Cosby, sexually assaulted her over a decade ago.

Cosby's new trial was supposed to begin in November but was delayed until this spring so his new legal team could get up to speed. He has said Constand, a former executive with Temple University's women's basketball program, consented to their sexual encounter. Cosby claimed the incident was consensual sex, and that he had given her an herbal remedy. The judge in the sexual assault trial in June declared a mistrial after jurors said they were deadlocked after five days of deliberations.

"This is about whether you believe the victim or not, and the events of the previous year certainly make the case harder for Cosby", said Philadelphia criminal lawyer Alan J. Tauber, who isn't involved in the case.

That reputation was slowly torn to pieces as dozens of women came forward, beginning in 2014, and accused him of sexual misconduct.

"I think the shift is here to stay,"she said".

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