Shonda Rhimes Is Not Here For Cosby’s Sexual Assault Town Halls

Following the declaration of the jury’s decision to declare Bill Cosby’s case a mistrial, his publicist quickly announced that Cosby, in fact, will now be going on tour to educate men on how to prevent rape and sexual assault accusations. One of Cosby’s representatives stated, “A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point could be considered sexual assault and it’s a good thing to be educated about the laws.”

Many audiences were appalled by Cosby’s recent endeavors. Shonda Rhimes, creator of the hit TV show Scandal, shared her opinion via Twitter. Rhimes stated, “From Shonda’s Town Hall on Avoiding Sexual Assault Charges: 1) Do not sexually assault anyone. 2)Shut up this attention belongs to survivors.”

Ensuing Rhimes’ comments, Cosby’s representatives issued another statement to clear up any misconceptions people may have about his intentions.

Cosby’s publicist stated, ““When we initially talked about the town hall meetings, it was about restoration of legacy. Much of what Mrs. Cosby spoke on in her statement is the sensationalism brought on by the media. This is another example of that. To take something meant to talk about restoration of a man’s legacy that was destroyed by the media before he even had a chance to step into the courtroom. That’s what this is about.”

Following the original trial, prosecutors plan to retry Cosby in a separate case brought forth by Andrea Constand, a former employee at Temple University. Constand viewed Cosby as a mentor but she claims that he drugged and assaulted her at his home in Pennsylvania in 2004. Although Cosby’s initial prosecution was considered a mistrial, his fight in court still is far from over.

 – Contributed by Amaya Starkey

WHUR Contributor


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