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Eyeing legacy, Cosby finds moments for wit as sex assault trial unfolds

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During his trial on sex assault charges, Bill Cosby has mostly remained silent in court and avoided reporters’ questions. But when fans have called out to him outside the courtroom, the 79-year-old has responded with attempts at humor.

Mugging in front of the cameras this week after a fan said it was her birthday, he asked, “How old?”

When the woman replied, “49,” he did a mock stumble in an apparent reference to a famous standup special he did about the challenges of nearing 50 years of age.

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On another occasion, Cosby responded to a fan by offering up the famous “Hey, hey, hey” catchphrase from Fat Albert, the animated character he voiced in the 1970s.

Inside the courtroom, he has been largely expressionless, his only reactions an occasional chuckle at a courtroom joke or a shake of the head as two of his accusers testified that he drugged and sexually abused them.

On Wednesday, in the midst of testimony from the main accuser, Andrea Constand, Cosby was walking down a hallway when a court officer spotted someone using a cell phone.

“Put that phone away!” the officer thundered, worried the person may have been trying to snap a photo. Cosby, who is legally blind, jumped at the shout before pointing his cane like a weapon at the officer and saying, “What’d you say?” as observers tittered.

Cosby’s career has been derailed by dozens of sexual assault allegations from women stretching back decades, all of which he has denied.

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His interactions with fans outside the courthouse, coupled with a parade of show business friends who have attended the trial in support, have signaled he is intent on repairing his public image.

His spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, told Reuters that Cosby got into his vehicle after a fan interaction outside court and told him, “Restoration of legacy,” showing his reputation is on his mind.

In an interview before the trial, Cosby told a radio host that he hopes to resume touring afterward.

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“I still feel that I have an awful lot to offer in terms of my writing, in terms of my performance,” he said.

A handful of protesters have at times stood outside the courthouse, yelling “guilty” as Cosby walked by.

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Conspicuously absent from the proceedings thus far has been Cosby’s wife of 53 years, Camille Cosby. Instead, he has been accompanied each day by actors and comedian friends, including Keisha Knight Pulliam, the woman who played his youngest daughter Rudy Huxtable on the 1980s television comedy, “The Cosby Show.”

Cosby’s spokesman Wyatt said Camille Cosby continues to stand by her husband and may still attend the trial at some point, though he added that Bill Cosby wants to protect his family from the media frenzy.

Wyatt, who is staying at Cosby’s Pennsylvania home where Constand says she was assaulted in 2004, said Cosby recognizes the gravity of his situation but has remained confident and in good spirits.

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“He’s Bill Cosby,” Wyatt told Reuters. “He’s the greatest comedian of all time. Trust me, he takes this matter very seriously. But he has to continue being who he is: someone who loves laughter, loves comedy, loves life.”

(Reporting by Joseph Ax Additional reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Toni Reinhold)


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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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Cincinnati sheriff deputies replace American flag at the Justice Center with ‘thin-blue-line’ flag

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Cincinnati police were filmed replacing the American flag that hangs over the Justice Center in Ohio's third-largest city. They then replaced it with the thin-blue-line flag, that was created to advocate for law-enforcement during Black Lives Matter Protests.

During the Charlottesville, Virginia riots, right-wing and white supremacist activists carried the thin-blue-line flag along with the Confederate flag to speak out against Black Lives Matter.

While the flag may have been created in support of law enforcement, it has been adopted by white supremacists and taken on a darker meaning.

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WATCH: DC protesters turn over ‘agitator’ to police — then the agitators try to start a fight with cops

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Protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured on video handing over an agitator to police, while other agitators in paintball tactical gear appeared to try and start fights with police.

Former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, revealed that his former colleagues and law enforcement he knows recognize that far-right agitators are attempting to start significant conflicts between police and protesters.

"There is a minimal presence of Antifa, but a far more disturbing presence of right-wing race-based hate groups, such as the Boogaloo Boys who think there will be a race-based civil war coming," he said on MSNBC.

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