Bill Cosby wants to return to the stage after his release from prison, decided on the basis of a 2005 civil agreement which invalidates the trial in which he was convicted of sexual abuse.
“In his physical appearance, he is exuberant. In his mental state, he is exuberant. In his feelings and humor, he’s exuberant, ”Cosby’s art representative Andrew Wyatt told the Los Angeles Times.
According to Wyatt, the 83-year-old comedian wants to perform in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom and also intends to campaign for justice reform and the “prison system” based on his own experiences.
In 2018, Cosby was sentenced to prison after a judge in Pennsylvania found him guilty of a crime of sexual abuse against Canadian Andrea Constand. He became the first celebrity to be jailed thanks to the #MeToo movement.
Last week, the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court overturned that conviction due to an earlier civil agreement that invalidates the lawsuit and for which Cosby, who admitted the facts, compensated the victim.
Beyond his return on stage, the comedian will try to capitalize on the media attention that his case has received with a book, written by Frederick Williams, in which he will narrate his stay in prison, as well as the strategies used by his lawyers.
In addition, according to the Times, filmmaker Michelle Major is preparing a five-part documentary on the life of Bill Cosby.
Cosby’s reputation is badly damaged as he has never been cleared and his release from prison is based on legal technicality regarding the pact the comedian made with a Montgomery District Attorney in 2005 to overturn the conviction.
The actor was sentenced in 2018 to a maximum of 10 years in prison, of which he had to serve at least three, for sexually assaulting Constand, one of the more than 60 women who spoke out.
The victim was then the basketball coach of the women’s team at Temple University, where Cosby was studying and of which he was a major donor.