Judge allows sex assault case to proceed against Bill Cosby
On Wednesday, a judge in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania ruled that the case against Bill Cosby could proceed. Cosby’s lawyers had argued for two days during a pretrial hearing that a criminal case had been barred by a promise made in 2005 by then-District Attorney Bruce Castor never to prosecute the renowned entertainer. The judge on Wednesday ruled “there was no basis to grant the relief requested” by Cosby.
In a deposition Cosby gave as part of the civil suit, he admitted giving the woman, Andrea Constand, a pill but said all relations with her were consensual and accused her of lying about the assault. Prosecutors in Montgomery County reopened the case last year, claiming that new evidence came to light in July. Cosby posted bail of $1 million on December 30. Cosby’s legal team argued that violated a 2005 agreement that he would never be prosecuted over the allegation of assault made by Constand, a former employee of Temple University in Philadelphia. f found guilty, Cosby — who has surrendered his passport to the court but has yet to enter a plea to the criminal charge — could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
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