Bill Cosby to host seminars on sexual assault

Josephine Rozenberg-Clarke

Last week Bill Cosby faced court over the alleged sexual assault of Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004, with jurors unable to reach a verdict.

The judge then declared it a mistrial.

Bill Cosby pictured with his rep Andrew Wyatt outside court this month. Source: Getty

Now, the former Cosby Show star has set his sights on a new career: motivational speaker.

His representative, Andrew Wyatt, spoke on TV show Good Day Alabama about his client’s post-trial plans.

The Cosby Show was a huge hit in the 80s. Source: Supplied

“We are going to wait and see what this district attorney is going to do. This case is so polarising. I don't know how you come back after a mistrial and try to retry Mr. Cosby,” Wyatt said in the interview. “I think we move on now. Mr. Cosby wants to get back to work. We are now planning town halls and we are going to be coming to this city sometime in July.”

The spokesperson for the 79-year-old star explained that he wanted to “talk to young people” about sexual assault allegations and the legal system.

Cosby plans to talk to young people about sex assault and the law. Source: Getty

“Because this is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today,” Wyatt said. “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.”

Wyatt later emailed the show, saying that he’d had "hundreds of calls from civic organisations and churches requesting for Mr. Cosby to speak to young men and women about the judicial system,” and that “speeches will be free”.

The comedian was once a beloved TV star. Source: Supplied

The actor’s planned lectures have sparked an outcry within victims’ groups.

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The New York Times quoted Jodi Omear, a spokesperson from anti-sexual violence organisation RAINN as saying: “It would be more useful if Mr. Cosby would spend time talking with people about how not to commit sexual assault in the first place.”

The actor had pleaded not guilty to three counts of indecent assault, and is due to be retried within the next few months.

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