Its been over a decade since Bill Cosby was first accused of sexual misconduct and for the first time on Tuesday, a judge has found enough evidence to proceed with a criminal trial against him.
It is not yet stated when the trial will start but Bill Cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University.
Andrea Constand was the first of over 50 women who accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Bill Cosby will face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. His attorney slammed the decision to move forward with the trial stating;
“There was no evidence of a crime here. And the inconsistencies that plagued this investigation from the beginning continue to plague it now. This case should end immediately.”
Cosby is still fighting numerous civil cases involving sexual misconduct accusations, but this will be the first criminal charge that will stick and be seen through to trial.
Bill Cosby now 78 used to be the darling of the entertainment world, with his undisputed comedic genius, that most people will remember from the widely aired, ‘The Cosby Show’. The revelations since the accusations began being brought forward, however paint an entirely different picture of the man people used to love.
After a former district attorney in Montgomery County chose not to pursue charges in 2005, several other women came forward with similar accusations and the investigation was reopened last year.
A publication of a deposition that Mr. Cosby gave in a 2005 civil suit brought by Ms. Constand also gave credence to the accusations as he admitted obtaining quaaludes as part of his efforts to have sex with other women.
Mr. Cosby, who sat flanked by his three lawyers throughout the hearing, stood at the end and said, “Thank you.” The judge wished him luck.