Bill Cosby is going to trial. Finally.
Today, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, at a preliminary hearing, Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled that comedian Bill Cosby will have to stand trial for the 2004 criminal charges of drugging and sexual assault.
This particular case is for the 2004 drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand, which according to the victim took place at Cosby's house in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania. She states that she was pressured by Cosby to take three blue pills with wine. When she was impaired, he sexually assaulted her on his couch. The Cosby Show star claims that the incident was consensual.
Constand also filed civil suit against Bill Cosby, which was settled in 2006. In his depositions for such civil suit, Cosby insisted the sexual encounter was consensual, but he admitted to giving women Quaaludes before having sexual intercourse with them.
The 78-year-old actor was charged with aggravated indecent assault last December. He has been out free on $1 million bail since his arrest.
Andrea Constand is only one of about 50 women who have come forward and accused Cosby of eerily similar charges over the past 30 years. Many of his accusers have had lawsuits filed against him in other states.
According to the Associated Press, Bill Cosby "faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of violating the accuser while she was impaired, unconscious or could not give consent."
Cosby has waived his right to an arrangement and will stand trial sometime in July. A trial that surely will become one of the most important ones of our time.