Bill Cosby accusers furious at his tour plans, say women he 'traumatized and abused' deserve a comeback
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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Disgraced comedian Bill Cosby's accusers have slammed his comeback tour plans this year following his release from federal prison in 2021 after his sexual assault conviction was overturned. His wife of 58 years Camille Cosby wants the comedian to stay away from the limelight and keep away from the people following his sexual assault convictions and three-year term behind bars.
Andrea Constand, 50, a former college basketball player's testimony against Cosby led to his conviction in 2018 when she made her statement to the jurors on how he "drugged" and "sexually assaulted" her in 2004 at his home. The comedian was released by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court when the court overturned his sexual assault conviction in June 2021, according to Daily Mail.
Accusers slam Cosby's plan to tour again
Cosby revealed his plan to resume touring in the spring or summer of 2023 despite allegations of abusing about 45 women against him. Since the news of his comeback broke out, his accusers have been furious at his decision to get back on stage. As per the Daily Mail report, Constand said, "If anybody deserves a comeback tour, it's the women he traumatized and abused. I’m for those women."
In December 2022, the 85-year-old comedian made an appearance on WGH Talk, Variety, and shared his desire to return to the stage. He said, "When I come out of this, I feel that I will be able to perform and be the Bill Cosby that my audience knows me to be."
However, his accuser Chloe Goins, who claimed that she was abused by the comedian in 2008 at the Playboy Mansion, expressed her thoughts on his return and said, "I can guarantee that you'll never make a comeback...You'll keep getting protested and booed at your shows."
"I think he's just trying to make people forget what is now etched into his dark past… He appears to be making the same calculated moves on his fan base that he used on us women he manipulated," she said. Goins, a former model, accused Cosby of giving her a drink at a party and she woke up to find the comedian biting her toes with his ankles wrapped around his pants, according to the news outlet.
Judy Huth, 64, who is one of the alleged victims of Cosby, was awarded $500,000 when a jury convicted him of sexually abusing her in 1975 at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 16 years old.
In December 2022, five women who have accused the comedian for a long time of sexually abusing them filed a lawsuit against him in New York. Lili Bernard, Eden Tirl, Jewel Gittens, Jennifer Thompson, and Cindra Ladd, are the five women who are suing the comedian. 'The Cosby Show' was filmed in New York and NBCUniversal.
As per the Daily Mail report, the women are suing him alleging that each of them was assaulted or abused by Cosby in the late 1960s through the 1990s after they met him on the sets or through other entertainment spaces.
Jordan Rutsky, the lawyer who represents all five women, said, "It was well-known that Bill Cosby would regularly take young women into his dressing room, and when you read the complaint, you'll see there were instances where staff saw this happening, and even encouraged the plaintiff to submit. This was not a hidden secret that Bill Cosby was doing these things. It was just accepted."
However, Cosby's spokesman Andrew Wyatt called the case "frivolous" and at the time said, "As we have always stated and now America see that this isn't about justice for victims of alleged sexual assault but it's ALL ABOUT MONEY."
"We believe that the courts as well as the court of public opinion will follow the rules of law and relieve Mr Cosby of these alleged accusations. Mr Cosby continues to vehemently deny all allegations waged against him and looks forward to defending himself in court," Wyatt said, reports the outlet.