Comedian Bill Cosby on Tuesday said he is not planning a future “sexual assault tour” consisting of educational town halls later this summer.
“The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false,” he said in a statement, according to CNN.
“Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate time,” the 79-year-old comic added.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday criticized the announcement, which came as Cosby faces accusations of sexual misconduct from dozens of women.
Haven't you been conducting a sexual assault tour for like the last 50 years?— Fabian Wilson (@fabianjwilson) June 27, 2017
Bill Cosby's "sexual assault propaganda tour" proves that assaulters can in fact get away w their crimes and more victims fall silent— Keeley Harrington (@Keel_H) June 27, 2017
Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt on Tuesday said the media had “sensationalized” Cosby’s future plans.
“This is not a sexual assault tour as many in the media have sensationalized it,” he said.
“It is an educational tour on what people should be cognizant of in regard to sexual abuse allegations and the dangers.”
“I think there’s been a lot of misinformation about the concept of a town hall,” said Angela Agrusa, Cosby’s attorney, on Tuesday.
“Mr. Cosby will not be speaking about about sexual assault. He never intended to speak about sexual assault.”
Wyatt said on June 22 that Cosby wanted to “get back to work” with a motivational speaking tour.
“This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today, and they need to know that they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying when they’re doing certain things that they shouldn’t be doing,” he said on “Good Day Alabama.” “And it also affects married men.”
The judge presiding over Cosby’s criminal case declared a mistrial on June 17, after the jury deadlocked.
Cosby still faces three charges of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
The actor reportedly faces a number of civil lawsuits related to sexual misconduct allegations against him in addition to a potential retrial of his criminal case.