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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 »

How a Student's Rape Allegation Ultimately Led to Her Death

Megan Rondini found herself the subject of investigation

(Newser) - Megan Rondini was a 20-year-old honors student with a 3.8 GPA at the University of Alabama when she was allegedly raped by a 34-year-old businessman, a member of a prominent Tuscaloosa family. After escaping from his home in the wee hours of July 2, 2015, she went immediately to... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Cosby Told Police He Fondled Accuser After Giving Her Pills

He said Constand showed no ill effects from the Benadryl tablets

(Newser) - Bill Cosby acknowledged to police more than a decade ago that he fondled Andrea Constand after giving her what he said were cold-and-allergy pills to help her relax, according to a statement introduced Thursday at the comedian's sexual-assault trial. But Cosby also told police that Constand showed no ill... More »

Cosby Accuser Doesn't Stumble in 7 Hours on Witness Stand

Andrea Constand wrapped up her testimony on 3rd day of assault trial

(Newser) - The woman who accused Bill Cosby of drugging and violating her more than a decade ago stood by her story at his trial Wednesday, withstanding hours of cross-examination that didn't produce the stumbles Cosby might have hoped for, the AP reports. Andrea Constand brushed off suggestions she and Cosby... 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 »

Treatment of Sex Assault Victim by Court Was 'Appalling': Judge

Canadian victim had to ride more than once in van with her attacker

(Newser) - Without anywhere else to go, the homeless woman nestled in next to a heater in the stairwell of an Edmonton apartment building and fell asleep. She awoke to a man holding a knife to her throat. The woman had no idea that the man, Lance Blanchard, was a convicted sexual... 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 »

Bill Cosby's Jury Is Set

2 of the 12 jurors chosen are black

(Newser) - The jury that will hear the sex assault case against Bill Cosby will include two black members among its 12 members in a case Cosby believes could be racially motivated. Prosecutors and the defense team on Wednesday also chose six alternate jurors, two of them black. "It's a... More »

Cosby Lawyers Accuse Prosecutors of Racial Bias

11 jurors have been chosen

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's lawyers accused Pennsylvania prosecutors of trying to systematically keep black people off the jury Tuesday after prosecutors used their strikes to send two black women home, the AP reports. Judge Steven O'Neill rejected the argument after prosecutors said the second woman was a former Pittsburgh detective... More »

2 Cosby Jurors Know a Sexual Assault Victim

First 5 jurors have been chosen for June trial

(Newser) - The search for 12 jurors and six alternates for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial is off to a brisk start even though a third of the initial jury pool had an opinion about Cosby's guilt or innocence and an equal number said they or someone close to them... More »

Hidden Problem in US Schools: Sex Assaults on Kids by Kids

The AP finds that cases are disturbingly common

(Newser) - Across the US, thousands of students have been sexually assaulted, by other students, in high schools, junior highs, and even elementary schools—hidden horror stories educators have long been warned not to ignore. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by the AP uncovered... More »

Boy, 14, Arrested in Facebook Live Rape No One Reported

Chicago assault was watched by 40 people, no one called police

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn't report it to authorities, police said late Saturday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more arrests are expected as the... More »

Cosby May Soon Regret Joke About Spanish Fly

Comedian's references to supposed aphrodisiac are 'damaging admissions'

(Newser) - Prosecutors preparing to try actor Bill Cosby on sexual-assault charges want to use not only his explosive deposition testimony about getting quaaludes to give to women before sex, but also his riffs on trying to slip women the supposed aphrodisiac Spanish fly. In a court filing Thursday, they say the... More »

Man Acquitted in Sex Assault Case Because There's No Evidence of 'Desire'

Diego Cruz, 21, comes from prominent family in Mexico

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl was allegedly forced into a car and sexually assaulted by a group of men as she left a New Year's party in 2015 in Mexico. One of those men was just acquitted because, the judge found, his touching of the girl's breasts and penetration of... More »

Rape Accusation at School Leads to Immigration Outcry

One of 2 teens accused in sexual assault came from Guatemala

(Newser) - A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the US illegally. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault... More »

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