Cosby to stand trial in sex case


May 25, 2016
Bill Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP):

A judge yesterday ordered Bill Cosby to stand trial on sexual assault charges on the strength of Andrea Constand's decade-old police statement, sparing the former Temple University employee the need to testify at the preliminary hearing.

Cosby, 78, could get 10 years in prison if convicted in the case, the only criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women over five decades. He is free on $1 million bail.

A trial date was not immediately set.

Cosby, looking less frail than he did when he was arrested five months ago, seemed unfazed by District Judge Elizabeth McHugh's decision.

"Mr Cosby is not guilty of any crime, and not one single fact presented by the commonwealth rebuts this truth," his lawyers said in a statement afterward.

Constand, who is now a massage therapist in Toronto, was not in the courtroom, and the judge ruled that she did not have to testify at this stage.

Constand told police that the comedian penetrated her with his fingers and fondled her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion in 2004 after giving her what he said was herbal medication.