Bill Cosby

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Cosby Prosecutors Take Verdict to Supreme Court

Long-shot filing seeks restoration of conviction

(Newser) - Prosecutors asked the US Supreme Court on Monday to reinstate Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction, complaining that the verdict was thrown out over a questionable agreement that the comic claimed gave him lifetime immunity. They said the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in June to overturn Cosby's conviction created...

Actress Says Cosby Raped Her in New Lawsuit

Star denies allegations by Lili Bernard

(Newser) - When Lili Bernard met Bill Cosby on the set of his TV show, she says, he offered to mentor her. The star did treat the actress "as if she were his daughter," a new lawsuit says, stressing "that chastity was a virtue, warned her of the sexual...

Bill Cosby Accuser Speaks Out
Bill Cosby
Speaks Out

Bill Cosby Accuser Speaks Out

Andrea Constand, who has new memoir out, calls his release from prison 'disgusting'

(Newser) - Andrea Constand remained something of an enigma over the years her sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby played out in Pennsylvania courts and the public square. An athlete and spiritual seeker turned massage therapist, she lived a quiet life with her dogs in Toronto until the case burst open again...

Comedy Club on Cosby's Stand-Up Plans: Uh, No

NYC's Comedy Cellar is not interested

(Newser) - Bill Cosby apparently has plans to take his comedy act back on the road following his release from prison, but at least one venue has shot the idea down. The owner of the iconic Comedy Cellar, in New York City's Greenwich Village, tells TMZ the club is absolutely not...

Publicist: Bill Cosby Has Plans
Publicist: Bill Cosby Has Plans

Publicist: Bill Cosby Has Plans

Among them, a return to the stage

(Newser) - Persistent Bill Cosby fans will be cheered by this update from his publicist; those who have soured on him, maybe not so much: In an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday, Andrew Wyatt said the 83-year-old is currently with his family following his release from prison last week...

Bill Cosby Weighs In on Phylicia Rashad Controversy


(Newser) - Bill Cosby thinks Phylicia Rashad did the right thing in backing him up. The actress, who played Cosby's wife on The Cosby Show and again on Cosby, backtracked after controversy erupted when she initially expressed glee at Cosby's release. But Cosby thinks his longtime friend's original reaction...

After Glee Over Cosby Release, Phylicia Rashad Apologizes

Howard University dean writes letter to parents, students: 'I vehemently oppose sexual violence'

(Newser) - Phylicia Rashad has long been a defender of Bill Cosby, who played her husband on The Cosby Show, but her recent glee over his release from prison has her facing new backlash. On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's highest court vacated the 83-year-old's sexual assault conviction, making him a free man,...

Gloria Allred: Cosby Has More Legal Trouble to Come

She can now move forward with civil suit

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is out of prison —but Gloria Allred, the attorney who represented dozens of his accusers, says he "is not home free" after having his sexual assault conviction overturned on a technicality. Allred said that while the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision is "devastating" for accusers...

Fallout Worries Accusers as Cosby Thanks Court

Women wonder whether future victims of predators will come forward

(Newser) - Women who accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them expressed shock Wednesday at the ruling that freed him from prison—and worry about the effect on future victims. "My stomach is in knots," said Victoria Valentino, who accused Cosby of raping her in the 1960s. "The work...

Cosby Freed After Sex Assault Conviction Is Overturned

Pennsylvania's highest court cited agreement he made with previous prosecutor

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday vacated Bill Cosby’s sex assault conviction, and hours later the New York Times reported Cosby has been freed. He reportedly left the prison just after 2pm and was headed for his suburban Philly home. Fox43 reports the 83-year-old appealed in December to the...

Bill Cosby Refuses Rehab, Is Denied Parole

He refuses idea of sex offender treatment

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has refused to enter a treatment program for sex offenders—and the Pennsylvania State Parole Board has refused to grant him parole. The 83-year-old is serving a three-to-10-year sentence for aggravated indecent assault and would have become eligible for parole on September 25, but his request was denied...

State's Highest Court Considers Cosby Case

Bill Cosby wants his 2018 sexual assault conviction overturned

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby's alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault...

Bill Cosby Smiles in New Mugshot
Bill Cosby Smiles
in New Mugshot

Bill Cosby Smiles in New Mugshot

New photo taken as part of routine procedure

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is wearing a mask around his neck and a smile on his face in his new mugshot. TMZ reports it was a routine photo update; Cosby was simply due for a new one. The picture was snapped Sept. 4 at the SCI Phoenix state prison in Pennsylvania, where...

Court to Look at 2 Issues in Cosby Appeal

Hearing in felony sexual assault case will be Dec. 1 in Pennsylvania

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will hear Bill Cosby's appeal of his felony sexual assault conviction on Dec. 1. Cosby, 83, is serving a three- to 10-year prison term. A lower appeals court had upheld his conviction, but the state's high court agreed this year to review two key...

Cosby's Lawyers Repeat Argument, Ask for New Trial

They argue 2018 trial was 'fundamentally unfair'

(Newser) - After nearly two years behind bars, Bill Cosby is still fighting to get out. Lawyers for the 83-year-old appealed for a new sexual assault trial on Tuesday because, they claim, the one in which Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand during a 2004 encounter was "...

Cosby Gets 'Long-Sought Chance' to Overturn Conviction

Pennsylvania Supreme Court will consider his appeal

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has won the right to fight his 2018 sexual assault conviction before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The 82-year-old Cosby has been imprisoned in suburban Philadelphia for nearly two years after a jury convicted him of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. He's serving a three-...

Bill Cosby Wouldn't Survive COVID-19: Lawyer

But convicted sex offender is denied compassionate release

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is apparently hoping to be among the currently incarcerated set free amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports NBC News . The convicted sex offender's lawyer asked Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf for a compassionate release, saying that the 82-year-old has a litany of underlying medical issues that mean the virus...

This Gayle King Battle Is Now Full-Blown War

With Snoop Dogg and Susan Rice piling on, it's getting ugly

(Newser) - The ruckus over a Gayle King interview clip has morphed into a vicious social-media battle including harsh words from Snoop Dogg and Susan Rice, NBC News reports. The spark was a clip of King interviewing WNBA legend Lisa Leslie, and asking her about the 2003 rape allegation against Kobe Bryant....

Cosby Rep Calls Eddie Murphy a 'Slave'

He attacks comedian over 'disparaging' SNL jokes

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is serving time in a Pennsylvania prison for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman, so it's not clear whether he saw Eddie Murphy's return to Saturday Night Live —but his spokesman certainly wasn't happy. In an Instagram post , Andrew Wyatt slammed Murphy as a...

Court Has Unanimous Answer for Cosby: Nope

Appeals court rejects his request to overturn conviction

(Newser) - Bill Cosby says he will never show remorse as a way to shorten his prison stay, but that doesn't mean he won't keep trying to undo his conviction. On Tuesday, however, Cosby got some bad news on that front: Pennsylvania's Superior Court unanimously rejected his appeal, reports...

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