Bill Cosby plans 2023 return to performing stand-up comedy

Disgraced comic Bill Cosby is eyeing a return to performing in 2023, regardless of latest accusations of sexual assault from a number of girls.

In a 15-minute interview with Marion, Ohio, web radio station WWGH, the 85-year-old mentioned he appears like he’ll be capable of “perform and be the ‘Bill Cosby’ that my audience, in-person, knows me to be.”

When host Scott Spears requested whether or not 2023 could be the 12 months for Cosby’s return, the comedian mentioned, “Yes. Yes, because there’s so much fun to be had in this storytelling that I do.”

As soon as often called “America’s Dad,” Cosby has been eyeing a return to comedy because the days main as much as his 2018 sexual assault trial in Pennsylvania. He has lengthy maintained his innocence.

Cosby was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former college basketball official, at his mansion close to Philadelphia in 2004. Greater than 50 different girls had additionally accused Cosby of an analogous sample of drugging and assaulting them.

Nevertheless, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court docket overturned Cosby’s conviction in 2021 as a result of an earlier nonprosecution settlement. In 2005, Bruce Castor, a former district lawyer in Montgomery County, promised he wouldn’t prosecute Cosby, in hopes of getting the comic to testify in a civil trial round a sexual assault lawsuit filed by Constand. The Pennsylvania court docket dominated that prosecutors within the 2018 case should honor the earlier promise. The uncommon reversal meant Cosby was free of jail.

Inside months of his launch in 2021, Cosby appeared on the identical WWGH on-line radio present, the place he advised Spears he would take into account a return to performing based mostly on suggestions and response from audiences.

Since then, Cosby has continued to face extra sexual assault accusations from different girls. This final June, a civil jury in Santa Monica determined Cosby was accountable for sexually abusing a teenage Judy Huth on the Playboy Mansion within the mid-Seventies, He was ordered to pay Huth $500,000.

In her civil lawsuit, filed in 2014, Huth accused Cosby of giving her alcohol and taking her to the Playboy Mansion in 1975, when she was 16. Huth mentioned Cosby, who was in his late 30s on the time, tried to place his hand down her pants. After she advised him she was on her interval, he put her hand on his erect penis and used it to masturbate, she mentioned. Huth mentioned she didn’t give him consent.

Earlier this month, 5 girls — together with “Cosby Show” actors Lili Bernard and Eden Tirl — filed a separate sexual assault lawsuit towards Cosby and NBCUniversal Media, Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Carsey-Werner Co., which collectively ran the present from 1984 to 1992.

The 34-page lawsuit particulars a number of, separate situations of alleged rape and drugging by Cosby all through the Nineteen Sixties and into the ’90s. A number of of the defendants alleged that Cosby had positioned an “intoxicant” of their drinks and raped them. The allegations had been in keeping with these by girls who had beforehand spoken out towards Cosby.

The go well with — filed below New York’s new Grownup Survivors Act, which provides survivors of sexual assault one 12 months to sue their alleged abusers, even when the statute of limitations has expired — alleges that Cosby threatened to “blacklist” one of many plaintiffs if she resisted his forceful sexual advances or spoke out towards his conduct.

Throughout Wednesday’s interview, radio host Spears averted dialog about Cosby’s authorized instances or the newest accusations towards him, as an alternative asking questions in regards to the holidays with household, training, know-how and new 12 months‘s resolutions.

When addressing his desire to return to comedy, Cosby alluded to his continued legal issues, saying that he has felt “respect” from his friends, family and Spears, for “what I have tried to do and will continue to do when we, quote-unquote, get out of this mess.”

One caller who phoned in after the interview voiced displeasure with the show’s resolution to host Cosby. The caller was at first confused in regards to the comic’s launch from jail, asking, “Was he the one spiking those ladies drinks and raping them?”

“That was the accusation,” Spears responded. “You know, I don’t think we ever know what is true and what is false.”

The host went on to make clear that Cosby had been launched in 2021.

“Before, when you’ve had him on, I turn him off,” the caller mentioned. “It’s like [Jeffrey] Epstein and [Harvey] Weinstein … When they do that, I don’t listen. I don’t give ’em a platform, ’cause if you do something like that … I have no interest in it, there’s nothing I want to hear from him.”