Bill Cosby is already planning his future, after a recent trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial.
The disgraced 79-year-old actor plans on using his experiences to educate young people on how to behave to avoid accusations of sexual misconduct.
In an interview Wednesday with Birmingham, Alabama news station WBRC, Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt said the plan is to host a series of “town hall” meetings in July with groups of young people.
“We’re going to talk to young people because this is bigger than Bill Cosby,” Wyatt said. “This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing.”
Also working on behalf of the Cosbys, Ebonee Benson agreed, saying, “The laws are changing, the statute of limitations for victims of sexual assault are being extended, so this is why people need to be educated on a brush against the shoulder.”
“Because anything at this point can be considered sexual assault and it is a good thing to be educated about the laws,” she added.
Shonda Rhimes responded to the report on Twitter with her own, very simple town hall on how to avoid sexual assault charges: “1)Do not sexually assault anyone. 2)Shut up-this attention belongs to survivors.”
“The Talk” co-host Aisha Tyler says she’s “disgusted” by Cosby announcing these sexual assault workshops: “This guy never ceases to shock and disappoint. I think there’s only one thing you need to know about how to avoid sexual assault; don’t sexually assault anybody! If they can’t give you consent, do not have sex with them. That is how you avoid it.”
Reaction on Twitter was swift and furious.