Bill Cosby's Comeback Tour on Hold Amid Sexual Misconduct Trial
Published Sep 09, 2021Fresh off his prison release, disgraced comedian Bill Cosby had plans to map out a comeback standup tour of sorts. Now, those plans appear to be derailed, as the former Cosby Show star has been slapped with another sexual misconduct trial date scheduled for early next year.
According to TMZ, Cosby's representative Andrew Wyatt reasoned that the comedian will be too busy with court dates in the coming months to head out on a comedy run. After all, Cosby's release from prison did not preclude him from the consequences of his other legal battles — specifically regarding a dispute with Judy Huth, who filed a civil lawsuit against Cosby in 2014, alleging sexual assault.
The case had previously been postponed amid Cosby's legal battle with Andrea Constand, but now, a trial date has been set for spring 2022.
By pausing the tour, Cosby apparently aims to avoid negative media attention through the trial, having feared that Huth's lawyers would have tried to use the content of his performances against him in the case. Too bad, so sad.
Cosby was found guilty in 2018 of drugging and molesting ex-basketball player Constand back in 2004. He was released from prison on June 30 this year, after serving more than two years of his sentence, which would have kept him behind bars for three to 10 years.
The comedian's sentence was overturned by Pennsylvania's highest court after a 79-page finding showed that an agreement with a previous prosecutor prevented Cosby from being charged in the case. The Supreme Court judges also found that testimonies from accusers unrelated to the case had led the trial against Cosby to be tainted. Currently, Cosby is a free man.