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Bill Cosby Ordered To Stand Trial In 2004 Sex Assault Case

A Pennsylvania judge ruled on Tuesday that Bill Cosby must stand trial on sexual assault charges stemming from Andrea Constand's claims that the comedian drugged and violated her in 2004.

The 78-year-old comedian appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom to point out discrepancies in Constand's previous statements. However, the judge found enough evidence to proceed to a criminal trial.

Cosby's attorney Brian McMonagle expectedly blasted the decision and said in a statement: "Today, in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 12 years after the alleged incident in question, the Commonwealth had an opportunity to put the complaining witness on the stand but refused."

"After hearing the weak, inconsistent and incredible evidence presented, it is clear why the prosecution did not allow its witness to speak and be confronted by the person she has accused. Instead, they chose to rely on an 11 year old hearsay statement from that witness, riddled with numerous corrections and inconsistencies."

"Through the complainant's own written statements, admitted in court, the fact of multiple consensual sexual interactions was established," he continued. "As was the fact that the complainant communicated with, returned to the home of, had dinner with and gave gifts to Mr. Cosby after the alleged assault occurred."

Constand has claimed that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home after giving her pills and wine, which made her unresponsive.

Cosby was deposed in 2005 and his incriminating comments were finally publicly released last year. In the deposition, he admitted to obtaining Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.

Cosby settled with Constand for an undisclosed sum in 2006 after testifying behind closed doors. Dozens of other women have come forward since 2005 to accuse Cosby of molesting them over the last 50 years. However, the statute of limitations has passed in those cases.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He has been free on $1 million bail since his arrest on December 30.

May 25, 2016 |

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