A spokeswoman for Bill Cosby is clarifying the objective of the comedian's planned town hall meetings after she and a colleague initially appeared to draw a link between the meetings and his mistrial on felony charges of sexual assault.
All that media sensationalism was sparked by an episode of Good Day Alabama that aired last week in which Benson and fellow Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt said that Cosby would be hosting seminars about how to avoid false sexual assault claims.
Cosby's case ended in a mistrial on June 17 after 52 hours of juror deliberations.
Prosecutors said they will retry Cosby, and Judge Steven O'Neill announced he would try to schedule a new trial within 120 days.
Ms. Benson had added that people particularly needed to be educated because the statute of limitations on sexual assault had been extended in some states and that "anything at this point can be considered sexual assault", even, she said, "a brush against the shoulder".
Bill Cosby is a free man after his mistrial and he's learned from his mistakes. And it also affects, you know, married men.
Dugan agreed the case came down to he-said-she-said, given the lack of any physical or forensic evidence, but that he believed Constand was more credible than Cosby.
He further explained: "These groups would like for Mr. Cosby to share that people in the judicial system can use their powers to annul deals for personal agenda and political ambitions". Now they are backtracking on the idea that these town halls have anything to do with sexual assault.
A publicist told CNN the focus was on restoring the comic's legacy. While this might sound like an admission of guilt, "doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing", Cosby's spokespeople were adamant that the seminars were important. "It's a good thing to be educated about the law".
He has decided that his adoring public needs to hear him speak not of the 60 women he has allegedly drugged and raped, but to share his abundant wisdom about - this is not a joke - how to avoid sexual assault allegations.
And a lawyer who represents several women who have accused Cosby of assault said the move was an attempt to influence jurors for his next criminal trial.
Instead of focusing on consent (which should be a priority for everyone, tbh), he's going to tell people the ins and outs of how long it takes legal proceedings to begin, and how men can handle the "issue" of being accused of sexual assault.