The Associated Press reports that Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in Pennsylvania, where he has been criminally charged with assaulting Andrea Constand. The arraignment is set for July 20.
On the same day that the star is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing in Philadelphia that will determine whether the case goes to trial, AP has released more damning excerpts from a deposition Cosby gave when his accuser, Andrea Constand, first made a complaint against him in 2005. According to Vanity Fair,
“…when Constand became Cosby’s first alleged victim to go public—prosecutors declined to charge the once beloved comedian; the case was settled out of court.
But in the fall of 2014, after video of comedian Hannibal Buress calling Cosby a rapist went viral, Cosby’s unsavory past began making headlines again—and woman after woman began to come forward, accusing the Presidential Medal of Freedom winner of assault.
The snowball effect led to court records from Constand’s first complaint being unsealed in the summer of 2015—including a deposition in which Cosby admitted to drugging women he wanted to have sex with. In December, Cosby was formally charged with aggravated indecent assault.
The new excerpts find Cosby, under oath, describing a sexual encounter between him and Constand (in which he admits that he gave his accuser three pills and “didn’t [ask] verbally” for her consent), calling Constand a liar, and explaining why he had seven prescriptions for sedatives he apparently never ingested himself: because he fully intended to give them to other people, “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.’”
The excerpts also delve into other disturbing elements of Cosby’s sexual history, including his sexual relationship with Therese Serignese—now among the nearly 60 women who have accused Cosby of assault. Serignese was 19 when she met Cosby; he was in his late 30s.”
Cosby’s relations with teenagers, including another 19-year-old that filed a complaint that did NOT lead to charges, are a running theme in the deposition. He says that an agency used to send him “five or six” models each week while filming one of his sitcoms, then admits to having a sex with one of them—who may have been just 17 years old.
The comedian also admits to paying off Constand (who got an “educational trust”) and Therese Serignese in an attempt to prevent his wife, Camille, from finding out what had happened.
Yesterday, a Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence during the hearing to proceed with a criminal trial. Cosby faces three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault from the case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. If found guilty in the criminal case according to NBC, Cosby
“faces up to 10 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.”
(via Vanity Fair)