Television star was charged in December with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
Bill Cosby appeared in court this morning for his first pretrial hearing related to three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, then a 31-year-old director for the Temple University women’s basketball team.
Constand told local authorities at the time that Cosby attempted to seduce her by mimicking his longtime television persona, Dr. Huxtable, but when that failed to work he “told her to relax” and gave her three blue pills. At this point the victim experienced blurred speech and difficulty speaking, telling police she’d “lost all strength in her legs.”
She was the first person to publicly allege sexual assault by Cosby, and since that time more than 50 women have come forward alleging similar crimes.
Constand and Cosby reached a civil settlement, but the case was reopened as new evidence was made public, including infamous remarks during a 2005 deposition where, among other testimonies, Cosby admitted that he had sexual relationships with at least five women outside his marriage, gave prescription sedatives to women he wanted to have sex with, and tried to hide affairs from his wife.
Cosby sued Constand in February, alleging her public allegations violated terms of the 2006 settlement.
The preliminary hearing will allow the prosecution to establish there is a preponderance of evidence that Cosby committed the crime, at which point a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to continue forward with a criminal trial.
If convicted, Cosby could potentially face up to 10 years in prison. He has continued to deny any wrongdoing in the multiple allegations brought against him.