Bill Cosby: "Don't put me on #MeToo"

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

One of those jokes, an Inquirer reporter said, was directed at her - and it was about the #MeToo movement.

"Please don't put me on MeToo", Cosby said to a female reporter as he shook her hand, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Cosby, who has been accused by dozens of women of sexual abuse over the course of several decades, had dinner in Philadelphia with his publicist and a friend, and members of the press were invited along to report on it, for some reason.

In Cosby's first trial, jury selection was moved to Pittsburgh over defence fears that widespread publicity could make it hard to find unbiased jurors in the Philadelphia area.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly all of the cases.

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When a reporter asked Cosby about his upcoming retrial for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand, he said, "We're ready".

Cosby's new trial was supposed to begin in November but was delayed until this spring so his new legal team could get up to speed.

"Given the split last time, the challenge is going to be in jury selection", said Los Angeles lawyer Mark Geragos, who is not involved in the Cosby case but whose clients have included Michael Jackson. Cosby claimed the incident was consensual sex, and that he had given her an herbal remedy.

As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, the accused lost jobs, TV shows, book deals and a Senate seat.

And with so many people coming forward with their own accusations of sexual misconduct, Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia told the AP that she expects those stories to influence both public opinion and the justice system.

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