Bill Cosby learned today that his case will head to trial on sexual assault charges of a woman over a decade ago. The 78-year-old comedian heard the news on Tuesday in a Pennsylvania courtroom after Montgomery County prosecutors presented their case to the judge.
Bill Cosby decided to waive his right to a formal arraignment after the judge’s decision, which would have taken place on July 20.
Cosby was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his mansion in January 2004. The disgraced comedian is facing three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if he is convicted.
Constand did not appear in court on Tuesday, but Detective Katherine Hart read the affidavit Constand provided when she reported the alleged assault. Constant was just 17-years-old at the time.
In the testimony given in that deposition, Cosby is grilled about giving drugs and alcohol to women before sex; making secret payments to ex-lovers
Cosby testified that he had gotten quaaludes from his doctor in Los Angeles in the 1970s. He said he was given seven prescriptions for the now-banned sedative, ostensibly for a sore back.
Q: Why didn’t you ever take the quaaludes?
A: Because I used them.
Q: For what?
A: The same as a person would say, “Have a drink.”
Q: You gave them to other people?
Q: Did you believe at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs?
Q: How did (the doctor) know that you didn’t plan to use (them)?
A: What was happening at that time was that, that was, quaaludes happen to be the drug that kids, young people were using to party with and there were times when I wanted to have them just in case.
Q: When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?
Cosby’s lawyer Brian McMonagle talked to reporters as he left court today:
High profile attorney Gloria Allred, who represents over 30 women who have claimed that they were drugged and raped by Cosby, was also in the courtroom on Tuesday. She talked to the media after the judge’s ruling, also addressing why Constand did not appear in court.