It might take a long time before Bill Cosby hits the road to tell jokes, as he’s got more luminal woes to deal with.
In an interview with TMZ, Cosby’s representative, Andrew Wyatt, mentioned that Cosby’s tour has been put on hold, with no resuming date in sight. This was because of the civil lawsuits filed by Judy Huth.
Huth, who sued Cosby in 2014, alleged he sexually abused her at the Playboy’s Mansion in the ’70s. At the time, she was just 15.
Cosby denied all the allegations and the suit stalled for a bit, while he faced Andrea Constand’s case. However, Hutch’s case has been reopened. It has hit the ground running, and a trial case has been set for Spring 2022.
His representative explained that Cosby stopped going for tours because there’s a dark cloud hanging over his head and it could be the only thing the press talked about while he toured.
He also mentioned that it’s potentially risky for Cosby because Hutch’s lawyers may use his words to the press against him.
Wyatt clarified that they weren’t pulling the plug due to lack of interest, rather, for the safety of Cosby’s head.
Lately, Cosby has been hanging with family and working on a new book and docuseries.
Who Is Bill Cosby?
The American Comedian was born on July 12, 1937 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The oldest of four children, Cosby dropped out of high school to join the US Navy and later dropped out of college to become a stand-up comedian, with acting on the side.
For his debut acting career, he played a role in an espionage series, “I Spy.” This made him the first black actor to co-star in a leading role. It also made him the first black actor to win an Emmy award.
His show, “The Cosby Show,” appeared on NBC from 1984 to 1992. It was also the highest-rated sitcom for several years. It focused on a middle-class African-American with five children and how they navigated life. The show was played by the Cosbys and their five children.
Cosby married Camille Hanks on January 25, 1964. Together, they shared five children, Erika, Erinn, Ennis, Ensa and Evin.
Their only son, Ennis, was murdered on January 16, 1997, while changing a flat tire on the side of Interstate 405 in Los Angeles.
Ensa died of renal disease on February 23, 2018, while awaiting a kidney transplant.
The Cosbys have three grandchildren. Cosby, a Protestant, maintained homes in Shelburne, Massachusetts, and Cheltenham.
Cosby And The #MeToo Movement
For over a decade, the American comedian had been the subject of several sexual assault allegations.
He was also convicted of aggravated indecent assault in 2018 which was overturned by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on June 30, 2021, due to violations of his constitutional rights.
He was accused of rape, drug-facilitated sexual assault, sexual battery, child sexual abuse, and sexual misconduct by over 60 women.
Cosby had maintained his innocence over the years and repeatedly denied the allegations made against him. When asked about the allegations in November 2014, he responded, “I don’t talk about it!”
Although he declined to publicly discuss the accusations in interviews in the past, he told Florida Today that “people shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos.”
In May 2015, he said, “I have been in this business 52 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. Reality is a situation and I can’t speak.”
Several organizations severed ties with Cosby and revoked his honor and titles. Media organizations removed reruns of his show from their syndication.
Accusers Express Shock After Cosby’s Release
The American comedian was recently released from prison after an overturn of his sexual assault conviction. This led to an outpouring of anger and shock from accusers and other audiences.
Many also expressed concern that the decision might deter women from coming out in the future.
One of the women, Constand, noted that the decision “is not only disappointing but of concern in that it may discourage those who seek justice for sexual assault in the criminal justice system from reporting or participating in the prosecution of the assailant.”
This was the only woman whom Cosby was tried criminally for.
Upon his release, Cosby tweeted, “I have never changed my stance nor my story. I have always maintained my innocence.”
Family’s Reaction About His Release
Cosby’s children had always been supportive of their father throughout his criminal trial and his conviction. Even his youngest child Evin Cosby penned an open letter defending her father in 2017. This was published in Black Press USA.
In the letter, Evin maintained Cosby’s innocence, saying, “He is not abusive, violent, or a rapist.” She also spent several paragraphs of the letter dismissing the claims of various women who came forward against her father.
Ensa Cosby was a loyal defender of her father’s reputation before her death in 2018. Like her mother Camille Cosby, Ensa believed that racism and racial power dynamics had a role to play in Cosby’s accusations and sentencing.
In a statement recorded before her father’s trial, she said, “How my father is being punished by a society that still believes black men rape white women but passes off ‘boys will be boys’ when white men are accused,” she said, “and how the politics of our country prove my disgust.”
Cosby’s wife, Camille had stayed loyal to her husband throughout the trial and conviction. She also went as far as saying that the accusations levied against her husband could be likened to the accusations that started the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921.