Thomson Reuters JOSEPH AX May 24th 2016
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday ordered entertainer Bill Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges over allegations that he drugged and assaulted a woman in 2004.
The ruling came after a preliminary hearing that Cosby, 78, attended in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, in which witnesses testified about statements that Cosby and his accuser, Andrea Constand, gave to police in 2005.
In court, Cosby responded with "thank you" when Judge Elizabeth McHugh announced her decision. She wished him luck.
Constand, a former basketball coach at Cosby's Temple University alma mater, is the only woman whose accusations of sexual assault have resulted in criminal charges against Cosby.
Once one of the most beloved U.S. entertainers, Cosby has been hit by a wave of sexual assault allegations from more than 50 women, although most of the cases are too old to be prosecuted. He has denied ever assaulting anyone.
Constand told police she was attacked as she lay on a sofa "paralyzed" by drugs the entertainer had given her, said a former detective reading from a transcript of Constand's police interview.
Cosby told her the pills would help her relax and "take the edge off." So Constand swallowed the pills, added a sip of wine and told the comedian that she trusted him, the former detective said.
Less than an hour later, according to Constand, Cosby sexually assaulted her as she lay incapacitated by the drugs she had taken, the former detective said.
Cosby's own 2005 interview with police in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, where the purported 2004 assault took place, also was introduced as evidence.
Cosby admitted giving Constand 1-1/2 pills of the antihistamine Benadryl to relax her, Cheltenham Police Chief John Norris testified.
Cosby said Constand never told him to stop and was fully conscious during what he called the "petting" encounter, which he said involved fondling of genitals, Norris testified.
The hearing followed Sunday's Associated Press report of new revelations about Cosby from his 2005 and 2006 sworn depositions, including his admission that he gave drugs to a 19-year-old woman before having sex.
Witchy's view .....It's too bad all the people,businesses,even entire industries who,over the years,turned their backs on this story,pushed away the women who were victimized,pressured them to be silent,all just because Cosby was a cash cow and they didn't want to stop that flow of money he produced,aren't also on trial for these crimes because they are all nearly just as responsible.This all could have been stopped years ago....but there was too much money being made.
Bill Cosby has brought this shame on his wife, his children, and himself. If he had not indulged in sexual activities outside of his marriage, he would not be facing a trial. His wife, Camille, knew what he was doing, but she wanted to "maintain her social and economic position". She should be ashamed of her herself. Maybe his son was murdered because of Bill's sexual actions. As we say down here , 'STUPID IS ' AS STUPID DOES." This S**T will drive you to drink ... HeHe