Cosby references #MeToo in return to Philly

Andrea Constand left and Bill Cosby

Andrea Constand left and Bill Cosby

He invited journalists to document the meal, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bill Cosby, the Philadelphia-born comedian accused of sexual assault or misconduct by more than 50 women, returned to the city Wednesday for a meal at an Italian restaurant that turned into a weird media affair.

Dozens of women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly all of the cases. Constand alleged that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. Cosby has denied any wrongdoing, and has filed suits against at least seven of his accusers claiming they defamed him, according to the Los Angeles Times.

When asked about his April retrial, he replied, "We're ready". Cosby was only charged in Constand's case. The judge declared mistrial in Cosby's sexual assault case after the jury deadlocked.

"This is about whether you believe the victim or not, and the events of the a year ago certainly make the case harder for Cosby", said Philadelphia criminal lawyer Alan J. Tauber, who isn't involved in the case.

And with so many people coming forward with their own accusations of sexual misconduct, Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia told the AP that she expects those stories to influence both public opinion and the justice system.

"Please", he said, "don't put me on MeToo".

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