Hollywood is fraught with sexual assault allegations as of late, and while many of the accused hid their heads in fear of retribution, Bill Cosby is still making public appearances. Cosby dropped by the LaRose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on Monday, and it was his first set since May of 2015.
The former star of the Cosby Show – who is about to start a new trial for alleged sexual misconduct and rape – was there honoring the jazz musician, Tony Williams.
From 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm, the event was open to the public. In a statement from Bill’s representatives, it was revealed that the former stand-up comic would “honor his fans” along with the Tony Williams Jazz Quartet.
During the subtle appearance at the small venue, Bill was met with laughter and applause from a friendly crowd. However, one person – a journalist – couldn’t help but ask what he thinks of his upcoming trial and the current political climate.
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The journalist, Bobby Allyn, asked Cosby if was “prepared for his second trial” and if he thinks that the #MeToo movement will affect the jurors.
In response, Bill gave him a stone-cold look and said: “I don’t know.” Last Friday, a judge ordered that a jury is selected for Cosby’s upcoming sexual assault retrial which will start in April.
As you may know, Cosby is in trouble for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand back in 2004. The first trial ended in gridlock after 52 hours of deliberation amongst the jury.
Since Hannibal Buress’ viral comedy skit which exposed Bill as an alleged sexual predator, around sixty women have come forward to accuse Bill of rape and assault. In response, Bill has denied all of the claims. Additionally, Cosby thinks his relationship with Constand was consensual.