Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby's Sexual Assault Retrial Delayed

Second trial won't get underway until the spring

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual-assault charges has been pushed back after his new legal team successfully argued for a motion to delay Tuesday, USA Today reports. The trial had been scheduled to start Nov. 6 but now won't get underway until March or April. The delay will give... More »

Bill Cosby's Lead Attorney Wants Out

Files paperwork to withdraw as counsel

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is in need of a new attorney. Brian McMonagle, the comedian's lead defense lawyer during his recent sexual assault trial, filed documents Tuesday seeking to withdraw as Cosby's counsel, the AP reports. Cosby faces a second trial in November after the judge declared a mistrial in... More »

Trial Date Set in Another Cosby Assault Case

California case likely won't go to trial until after Pennsylvania re-trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has another trial date coming up in another alleged assault case: On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge set July 30, 2018, as the tentative start date for a trial in the civil case from Judy Huth, who says Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974,... More »

Cosby Team Blames Media for Town Hall Reports

They'll be about 'restoration of legacy,' not about sexual assault, publicist says

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has definite plans for this summer, but those plans don't involve what was initially reported, his publicity team now claims. Although his reps revealed last week that the 79-year-old comedian, whose sexual assault case ended in a mistrial earlier in June, would be hosting a series of... More »

Cosby Juror Explains Why He Didn't Believe Accuser

'She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts'

(Newser) - Another Bill Cosby juror has spoken out anonymously, telling the Philadelphia Inquirer that votes were split "up the middle: young and old, black and white, men and women." He blamed that on the language to describe the charges being confusing and "too legal," saying jurors debated... More »

Cosby to Lecture on How to Avoid Sex Assault Allegations

His spokespeople revealed plans to 'Good Day Alabama'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby wants to get back to work, his spokespeople said Wednesday on Good Day Alabama , and one of his first plans is to host a series of town halls starting in July to educate young people. About what, exactly? Sexual assault. "Laws are changing. The statute of limitations... More »

Cosby Lawyer: Next Time, We'll Get an Acquittal

Judge says trial No. 2 could start within months

(Newser) - Though it’s only been two days since a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case of Bill Cosby, the comedian’s criminal defense attorney is already expressing confidence that his client will be acquitted if he's tried again. "[W]e have a wonderful criminal justice system... More »

The Bill Cosby Jury Is Deadlocked

Judge instructs them to 'keep trying'

(Newser) - The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is deadlocked, the AP reports. After 30 hours of deliberation over four days, jurors told Judge Steven O'Neill they could not reach a unanimous verdict on any of the three counts of aggravated indecent assault. O'Neill instructed them to... More »

Quiet Then Noise as Cosby's Trial Barrels Toward Its Close

Comedian's defense lasted just minutes, but closing argument is thunderous

(Newser) - Monday's million-dollar question was whether Bill Cosby would testify in his own defense at his sex assault trial, and the answer came shockingly quickly. The Washington Post reports his defense rested after just six minutes. BuzzFeed offers a tighter, 3-minute timeline. It reports Judge Steven O'Neill asked the... More »

Judge Rejects Cosby Team's Strategy on Accuser

Lawyers wanted to make an issue out of Andrea Constand being gay

(Newser) - Andrea Constand, the accuser at the center of Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, told police during a 2005 interview that she is gay, though she had a boyfriend as a teen and sexual contact with a man in her 20s. It turns out that Cosby's defense team wanted... More »

First Cosby Witness Explains What He 'Made Me' Do

Prosecutors say there is a pattern to his assaults

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial opened Monday with testimony from one of the scores of women who accuse the star of drugging and sexually assaulting them. The woman, identified in earlier reports as "Kacey," testified that when she worked at the William Morris talent agency in Los... More »

Expected at 'He Said-She Said' Cosby Trial: His TV Daughter

And maybe his 'Cosby Show' wife and son, in addition to Keshia Knight Pulliam

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's trial for allegedly assaulting Andrea Constand begins Monday, and at least one member of his former TV family will reportedly be watching from the sidelines, per NBC News . Keshia Knight Pulliam, 38, who played little Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, is expected to be in the... More »

Cosby Breaks Silence as Trial Draws Near

Says he won't testify, suggests that racism may be at play

(Newser) - When Bill Cosby's rape trial gets underway in just under three weeks, don't expect to see the celeb himself on the stand. In a rare interview with Michael Smerconish of SiriusXM that aired Tuesday, Cosby says he doesn't expect to testify in his own defense, reports Deadline... More »

Bill Cosby: I Want to Perform Again

Comedian speaks out before sexual assault trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's daughter insists her father "loves and respects women" in an essay published in his defense on NNPA Newsire Wednesday. Evin Cosby, the youngest of Cosby's five children, recalls how her father always wanted the family to be close and says she had a wonderful childhood.... More »

Bill Cosby Opens Sexual Assault Hearing With a Joke

Cosby is taking part in 2-day hearing related to upcoming trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby walked into his latest court hearing Tuesday with a joke: "Don't tase me, bro," he said to security officers as he entered the courtroom in suburban Philadelphia and they wanded him, the AP reports. (In case you've forgotten, that's a reference to a... More »

Lawyers: Bill Cosby Now Registered as Blind

They say he won't be able to recognize accusers

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is blind and has no hope of recognizing the women who are accusing him of sexual assault, his lawyers argued in a court document filed Thursday. The lawyers, who have repeatedly raised the issue of Cosby's eyesight, say he has now registered with a state commission for... More »

Judge: Bill Cosby Can Sue Accuser

Whether tweets were a breach of contract remains to be seen

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled in Bill Cosby's favor, Vanity Fair reports, saying he can sue a woman accusing him of sexual assault for breach of contract. In the "mixed ruling," US District Judge Eduardo Robreno said the disgraced actor can move forward with a lawsuit against... More »

Trump, Swift, Cosby, More Get Naked in Kanye's New Music Video

Or at least their likenesses do

(Newser) - Here's something you never thought you'd see: Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, and George W. Bush naked in bed together. Enter Kanye West's new NSFW music video for "Famous," which depicts 12 celebrities sprawled out in their birthday suits on a giant bed. Also... More »

Can Bill Cosby Be Convicted?

'Too much time has passed,' leading lawyer says

(Newser) - Will one of the biggest celebrity trials of the decade complete Bill Cosby's downfall? The 74-year-old has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges , but it is far from clear whether prosecutors will be able to secure a conviction in the case, which involves allegations from 2004... More »

Cosby: I Had Sex Encounter With 17-Year-Old

Newly published 2005-2006 depositions reveal more explosive confessions

(Newser) - Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a criminal sex-assault case brought against him by ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but newly revealed court papers from depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for Constand's civil suit are also making headlines. In those... More »

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