- 09 Jul 21
Plans are reportedly being made for Cosby to play London’s West End.
According to Bill Cosby's publicists and The Los Angeles Times, plans are in the works for Bill Cosby to perform on stage in Canada, the US and London as well as a number of other commercial ventures following his release from prison.
The disgraced Cosby Show actor will apparently incorporate his “vintage storytelling,” while working for criminal justice reform and prison reform based on his own experiences according to his publicist Andrew Wyatt. It will also be “inclusive of human rights and civil rights,” according to his rep.
Cosby was released from prison last week after his conviction of three counts of aggravated indecent assault against Temple University sports administrator, Andrea Constand, was overturned on a technicality. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled he had been denied a fair trial upon his conviction in 2018.
Cosby was not found innocent. The Supreme Court found he had a 2005 agreement with a previous prosecutor that protected him from criminal prosecution in exchange for providing a deposition in Constand’s civil trial. This violated Cosby’s 5th amendment right against self-incrimination.
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania District Attorney Kevin Steele said Cosby was freed “on a procedural issue that is irrelevant to the facts of the crime.”
“My hope is that this decision will not dampen the reporting of sexual assaults by victims. We still believe that no one is above the law — including those who are rich, famous and powerful,” he added.
Cosby was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in a maximum security state facility in Pennsylvania after he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand in 2004. Sixty women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, dating back to the 70’s.
According to Wyatt, a book is also in the works about Cosby’s experiences through both of his trials and his time in prison. The book, written by Frederick Williams, will feature Wyatt and the 83-year old who will talk about the strategies used by Cosby’s team during the period.
Additionally, production is almost complete on a five part docu-series about the comedian. The project is directed by Venus and Serena director Michelle Major. Cosby is yet to sit for an interview for the series, which will explore his legal system experiences.
Cosby’s team are reportedly working on figuring out how to screen audience members and “media insurrectionists ... who fuel the hate” for his shows. Wyatt said the actor isn’t concerned with hecklers. “Plus, it’s not happening tomorrow,” he added.
Wyatt also said that Cosby is “exuberant” following his release from prison. “In his physical appearance, he’s exuberant. In his mental state, he’s exuberant. In his feelings and humor, he’s exuberant,” he said. He added that the comedian is “colorful and powerful — more powerful than we’ve ever seen.”
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