Pudding pops may not have been the only popsicle treat that Bill Cosby was pitching for sale years ago. Dressed in a dark suit and white shirt, Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvanian court on Tuesday in the first pretrial hearing where he faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case.
Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University, claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 2004 at his Pennsylvania home after giving her pills and wine, which left her unresponsive. The indecent assault case was first brought against him last December.
Many women may be feeling victorious today as Pennsylvania judge Elizabeth McHugh has ordered the entertainer to stand trial on the sexual assault charges. Cosby responded with a simple two worded “thank you” when the judge announced her decision and had wished him luck.
For more than half a century, Bill Cosby had been one of America’s most notable comedy entertainers. He is remembered by many as the lovable fuzzy sweater wearing dad on The Cosby Show. Today, much to the surprise of many, he is most recognized as one of Hollywood’s scumbags, a sexual predator who had drugged and raped victims for decades. Hard to imagine Cliff Huxtable doing such a thing, but characters on television are usually a far cry from reality.
Over the last year Cosby’s iconic ‘family man’ image has been tarnished after one sexual assault allegation after the other. When not silent on the topic, 78-year-old Cosby has been obstinate in denying that any of the allegations made against him are legitimate. He did allegedly admit to giving Quaaludes to one woman in the past.
Some of these cases are decades old and could be without verity, but several out-of-court settlements had been reached, some going as far back as the ’80s. Regardless, these claims are very much a matter of “He said, She said.”
Many have wondered if his alleged victims are in fact just women who accuse famous men for money or attention, while others believe the women were too scared to speak up. Prosecution for “normal” sexual assault has a statute of limitations of six years. It took decades for a string of women, including supermodel Janice Dickinson, to reveal that Bill Cosby had drugged and raped them years ago.
Cosby needed assistance walking into the court room on Tuesday, but did manage to crack a few smiles, whether genuine or filled with embarrassment. His accuser Constand on the other hand, was a no show for the hearing.
Cosby’s lawyers have previously said, “Make no mistake, we intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge.”