Bill Cosby To Stand Trial In Sex Assault Case
The famous comedian may face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
There's been a lot of confusion about the state of the Bill Cosby allegations, which is mostly due to horrible satire blogs, but I digress. Cosby is officially headed to criminal court for a full trial. According to CNN, Cosby may face up to 10 years if he's convicted of sexual misconduct.
The decision came down after a three-and-a-half hour long hearing in Pennsylvania. The deposition that caused the judge to rule in favor of a trial leaked. According to Vanity Fair, Cosby admits in the deposition that he gave his accuser, Andrea Constand, three pills and didn't verbally ask for consent. He also says a modeling agency used to send him "five or six" models a week, and admitted to having a sexual encounter with one, who may have been underaged when the two first met.
Cosby's defense attorney, Brian McMonagle, was audibly upset at the judge's ruling, stating: "The evidence presented today was evidence of nothing. They had 12 years to bring an accuser to confront Mr. Cosby. They chose not to." Ugh, I don't think that's how any of this works.
Cosby currently faces three counts of felony indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting the accuser. He was arrested and released on $1,000,000 bond in 2005 after the case began to move forward. Costand was an employee at his alma mater, Temple University, when the alleged incident occurred. Her claims were thrown out after the police refused to charge him due to "insufficient credible and admissible evidence."
They reached a settlement in 2006, but the case has since been reopened due to recent allegations—more than 50 women have spoken out about their own experiences of alleged sexual assault with the entertainment superstar beginning as early as the 1970s. Even so, Cosby counter-sued this February, claiming "breach of contract," which looks like it won't end too well for him. The comedian is said to have admitted to paying off Constand with an educational fund, as well as many others, in an attempt to hide the truth from his wife Camille Cosby.
Welp, there's nothing like the light, now is there?