Bill Cosby to return to stage before retrial for sexual assault

Bill Cosby to return to stage before retrial for sexual assault

Cosby, of course, has been keeping a low profile since facing the flurry of sexual assault claims, though he made a public appearance on January 10 at a Philadelphia restaurant and answered a few questions from reporters.

Hollywood is fraught with sexual assault allegations as of late, and while numerous accused hid their heads in fear of retribution, Bill Cosby is still making public appearances.

The comedian turned up at the Larose Jazz Club in Philadelphia on Monday at a charity event to help raise money to buy musical instruments for children in need.

The show's announcement came just about three months before Cosby's retrial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, who was just one of at least 51 women who have accused him of doing unthinkable things to them after he sedated them with pills. Jury selection for his retrial will start March 29.

It was framed as a "return" to the stage as part of a tribute night.

"I used to be a comedian", Cosby said.

The timing of the local outing came as morale in the City of Brotherly Love was high following the Philadelphia Eagles win in the NFC Championship game Sunday, earning them a spot in the Super Bowl.

There, he shook the hand of a female reporter and joked with her, 'Please, don't put me on MeToo, ' in reference to the ongoing movement of women speaking out against their past experiences of sexual harassment and abuse.

Cosby has been out of the comedy circuit after more than 50 women accused him of sexual misconduct.

Cosby's retrial was supposed to start November 6, but was delayed until March to allow his new high-profile legal team to get up to speed.

Cosby maintains that all of his sexual encounters were consensual. The district attorney's office charged Cosby after allegations from other women began piling up in 2014.

Last week, Cosby went to Philly's Old City at Ristorante La Veranda where, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he joked around with a table full of men. That number could include Janice Dickerson, the former supermodel who has claimed Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in 1982.