‘Please, Don’t Put Me on Me Too,’ Bill Cosby Asks Female Reporter at Dinner
At a dinner in Philadelphia on Thursday, comic Bill Cosby requested a feminine reporter to not flip his handshake right into a “#MeToo” second, proper as he prepares to go to trial for alleged sexual assault.
“Please don’t put me on MeToo,” Cosby mentioned to a feminine reporter as he shook her hand, in response to the Philadelphia Inquirer. The dinner was for Cosby, his publicist and members of the media they invited, and “was a decidedly odd affair,” the Inquirer reporters wrote.
The 80-year-old entertainer might be going through a retrial in April for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, the lady who says Cosby drugged and sexually abused her in his residence in 2004. In the summer time of 2017, jurors reached a impasse and a decide declared a mistrial. When a reporter requested him about it on Thursday, he responded, “We’re prepared.”
Constand is one in all over 50 accusers who’ve come ahead since 2014. Cosby claimed the incident was consensual intercourse, and that he had given her an natural treatment. A former basketball star, Constand got here ahead in 2005, however a district legal professional declined to pursue prices. The trial will happen in April in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and a jury might be chosen from Allegheny County.
Cosby doesn’t intend to testify, in response to a Sirius XM radio interview he gave in May final 12 months, wherein he additionally recommended that racism may have performed a task within the rising controversy surrounding him.
News emerged in November that Cosby had paid hundreds of thousands of to Constand, in response to a lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. Cosby has been the topic of nationwide controversy and has not emerged publicly usually because the allegations got here to gentle.
At the time the allegations, President Donald Trump tweeted of the previous actor, “I’m no fan of Bill Cosby however never-the-less some free recommendation – if you’re harmless, don’t stay silent. You look responsible as hell!”