Bill Cosby

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Cosby Lawyers: Our Witness Says Accuser Is Lying

Woman claims that star's accuser made up the allegations to get rich

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers are accusing prosecutors of withholding and destroying evidence that could have helped him, reports the AP . Cosby's lawyers, who want his criminal sexual assault case dismissed before his April retrial, say in court papers Thursday that prosecutors only recently informed them of an interview last... More »

Bill Cosby Gets Back on Stage

He appears at Philadelphia jazz club

(Newser) - Bill Cosby seems to be stepping out in public again. The 80-year-old comic appeared Monday at the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia and performed an informal set, reports USA Today . The story notes that one of those in attendance was NPR reporter Bobby Allyn, who tweeted a short video clip... More »

Cosby Shakes Hand, Makes #MeToo Comment

Comedian brought up #MeToo at Wednesday dinner

(Newser) - Bill Cosby referenced the #MeToo movement after a dinner at an Italian restaurant in Philadelphia on Wednesday, reports the AP . The 80-year-old comedian was dining with an old friend and his publicist, and some members of the media were invited to document the event. The Philadelphia Inquirer —which dubbed... More »

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 Hires Michael Jackson's Lawyer

Tom Mesereau won an acquittal in Jackson's child molestation trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has hired Michael Jackson's former lawyer to represent him at his November retrial on sexual assault charges in Pennsylvania, the AP reports. Cosby's spokesman announced Monday that the 80-year-old comedian is bringing in Tom Mesereau to lead a retooled defense team. Lawyers from the first trial... 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 »

Bill Cosby's Retrial Date Set

He was ordered to be ready for trial on Nov. 6

(Newser) - Bill Cosby will be retried in November on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, after a Pennsylvania jury deadlocked on the question after deliberating over six days. Cosby, who turns 80 in July, was ordered Thursday to be ready for trial on Nov. 6,... 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 Juror Reveals What Happened

2 jurors refused to convict

(Newser) - After 52 hours of tense deliberations, two holdouts in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial refused to convict the 79-year-old comedian, a juror told ABC News , per the AP . The juror, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said 10 of the 12 jurors agreed that Cosby was guilty on the... 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 »

Camille Cosby Rips Into Prosecutor ... and the Judge

While Cosby's team claims victory, the judge made some clarifications

(Newser) - Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as "America's Dad" for his TV role as paternal Dr. Cliff Huxtable, is declaring victory this Father's Day after a jury deliberated 52 hours without reaching consensus on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. District Attorney Kevin Steele... More »

Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

The jury had deliberated for more than 52 hours

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock, the AP reports. Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether The Cosby Show star drugged... More »

As Cosby Jury Passes 50-Hour Mark, Judge's Patience Tested

Jurors will get back to work Saturday morning

(Newser) - The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault case ended a fifth day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict, testing the patience of defense lawyers and even the judge as it struggled to break a deadlock by making repeated runs through testimony given by the TV star, his accuser,... 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 »

Exasperation and Tears as Cosby Jury Struggles

No one is certain when it will all end

(Newser) - As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day Thursday, nerves are frayed, patience is shot, and no one is certain when it will all end. Some jurors appeared angry, the judge sounded exasperated, and accuser Andrea Constand's mother broke down in tears Wednesday.... 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 »

Wife Heads to Trial With Cosby for First Time

Monday's big question: Will the comedian testify?

(Newser) - Bill Cosby arrived at court Monday morning for Day 6 of his sexual assault trial and the start of the defense side of the case, accompanied by his wife of 53 years, Camille. Camille Cosby's arrival marked the first time during the trial of the comedian once known as... More »

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