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Bill Cosby makes first appearance since sex mistrial

Bill Cosby has made his first reported appearance in public since he was prosecuted for sexual misconduct.

A mistrial was declared in June 2017, but a retrial is scheduled for April.

At the original trial a jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating for five days.

He is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham in January 2004, after drugging her and rendering her incapacitated.

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.

Andrea Constand claims Bill Cosby drugged then assaulted her
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Andrea Constand claims Bill Cosby drugged then assaulted her

The star of the 1980s TV series “The Cosby Show” built a long career on family-friendly comedy, and has denied assaulting anyone and has portrayed all of the encounters as consensual.

In the first trial the prosecution had wanted to call 19 women who claimed to have been assaulted while incapacitated, in order to establish a pattern of “prior bad acts”.

But the judge allowed only one women who claimed to have been attacked to appear in support of Ms constand’s claims.

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