Bill Cosby To Stand Trial In 2004 Sexual Assault Case

A Pennsylvania court today held a pretrial hearing in a case against Bill Cosby involving accusations by Andrea Constand. He is facing three counts of felony indecent assault against the employee of Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater. The alleged assault occurred in 2004. According to CNN, the prosecution is relying on a statement Constand gave 11 years ago in which she describes visiting Cosby’s home where she was given pills and wine what made her barely conscious. This was the first public accusation of alleged sexual assault by Cosby, and the police declined to charge him.

Although Cosby and Constand reached a civil settlement in 2006, the criminal case was reopened in response to the other accusers coming forward and a 2005 deposition made by Cosby that was unsealed in recent years.

Cosby denies all allegations and sued Constand in February claiming she violated the terms of the 2006 settlement. His request this week to stay court proceedings was denied by the judge.

The comedian and television star is currently being accused of sexual misconduct by over 50 women.