Bill Cosby will finally face one of his nearly-60 accusers in court. A judge ruled on May 24 that there’s enough evidence surrounding his alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, to put the disgraced comedian on trial.
Finally, after countless allegations of rape and violent sexual assault, Bill Cosby, 78, is going to stand trial. After reviewing the case of Bill’s alleged sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, 42, more than 10 years ago, a judged has ordered him to defend himself in court!
During a pretrial hearing, held on May 24, a Pennsylvania judge decided that there was enough evidence in this particular case to proceed with a trial, according to CNN. Bill now faces three counts of felony indecent assault surrounding the 2004 incident where he allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea. If convicted, Bill will face up to 10 years in prison.
Andrea claims that when she worked at Temple University, Bill brought her back to his Elking Parks mansion. Andrea alleges that Bill gave her something that left her legs “feeling like jelly,” according to Fox News. “I was laying on my left side with my knees bent. That is the last thing I remember,” Andrea told police in 2005, as the report was read aloud during this hearing. “I recall Mr. Cosby’s body near mine. I was in and out.” Bill continues to deny he raped Andrea, claiming the sex was consensual.
The judge’s eventual decision left Bill’s legal team fuming. The comedian’s lawyer argued that Andrea’s case is based on pure hearsay and shouldn’t warrant a trial. “I have never once had a case where the prosecution has relied, in a sexual abuse case, on exclusively hearsay evidence in a hearing,” Brian McMonagle, Bill’s defense attorney, said. “It is a complete denial of this defendant’s due process rights.”
Bill was officially charged with aggravated sexual assault over this 12-year incident in December 2015. The former Cosby Show star turned himself in shortly afterward, even posing for his mug shot. Bill was freed from jail on $1 million dollar bail, but the wasn’t free from the law. His wife, Camille Cosby, 71, was ordered to testify against him in an unrelated civil case involving seven of his accusers.
Andrea was the first person to publicly claim that Bill sexually assaulted her, but sadly, she hasn’t been the last. Nearly 60 women – including Barbara Bowman, 87, Janice Dickinson, 61, and supermodel Beverly Johnson, 63, — have claimed that what happened to Andrea also happened to them.
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