Andrea Constand will finally get her day in court over her allegations that Bill Cosby drugged and assaulted her over 12 years ago. Constand, a former Temple University employee, accused Cosby of serving her wine laced with drugs, and then putting his hands into her pants and assaulting her while she was unable to resist.
These are the first criminal charges brought against Cosby for an extensive line of accusations over the years by dozens of women reporting the same type of scenario initiated by Cosby.
Cosby has admitted, on record, that he used quaaludes to drug women that he wanted to have sex with. He has also admitted, under oath, that he did have sexual contact with Constand. Cosby stated that the contact had been consensual while Constand said that she was frozen and unable to move during the assault.
Bill Cosby will be arraigned just days before the statute of limitations expires on the charges of aggravated indecent assault. The punishment, if a conviction is obtained, could net Cosby 5 to 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
The district attorney's office declined to charge Cosby in 2005, but have now reopened the case. After reviewing the civil lawsuit, the current DA says that damaging testimony is available from the previously sealed lawsuit.
Cosby admits drugging women he wanted to have sex with.
It is unknown how many women will continue to come forward to testify about similar deeds from Cosby's alleged nefarious use of drugs to initiate unwanted sex.
Bill Cosby faces additional legal issues regarding defamation and sex-abuse lawsuits. Most of the earlier alleged rapes have passed the statute of limitations for filing charges. But now that Cosby will finally be formally charged with sexual assault, the victims may gain plausibility.
Cosby has filed for court sanctions against Constand for claims that she leaked a deposition transcript to the public. Constand successfully sued Cosby for an undisclosed sum in 2005.
Even though Cosby has never admitted to wrongdoing, dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault. These allegations have brought publicity and derogatory consequences for the aging TV star. #Hollywood #CelebrityTV #Buzz