The Bill Cosby case: the latest news on his trial

The Bill Cosby case shocked America and his fans worldwide when it first hit the headlines in 2015. Now, the sexual assault trial is underway as the 79-year-old star has been in court to face the allegations against him.

By the seventh day of the trial, the jury are still deliberating their verdict. This week they have heard excerpts from his testimony in a 2005-06 case involving his accuser Andrea Constand. If found guilty of the allegations against him, Cosby could face up to 10 years in jail.

Victim Andrea Constand claims that Cosby drugged and molested her in 2004. In the stand this week, Constand has described how Cosby gave her three pills to take when she met him at his home in Philadelphia. He described the blue pills as “three friends to help you relax” and then purportedly took advantage of her. For the defence, Mr Cosby’s lawyers argue that the sex was consensual and that Cosby was, “not stopped” in his advances.

The Bill Cosby Case so far…

In his public life, Bill Cosby was a well known star appearing in TV shows and films over a career that spanned five decades. However, a deposition in 2015 revealed an entirely different side to the popular family man and comedian. A long list of victims came forward to accuse the star of sexually assaulting them, including the victim involved in the current court case, Andrea Constand. The allegations stated that the young women had been drugged before being assaulted by Crosby.

Reports state that Constand first filed a complaint against Cosby in
2005. She stated that Cosby had drugged and molested her at his home in
Philadelphia when she was 30 years old and he was 66. After her mother, Gianna, called Cosby to confront him
over the allegation in 2006, his agents purportedly offered Andrea money
to pay for her education.

Thirteen women originally supported and signed a lawsuit filed by one of his alleged victims, Andrea Constand. However, Cosby avoided trial at the time as he negotiated a settlement with Constand. The terms of the settlement were confidential.

Cosby’s conduct wasn’t called back into question until comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby out as a rapist in 2014. Following this accusation dozens of new accusers came forward to share their shocking experiences connected with Cosby.

During the trial so far, one of the complaints and reported victims
of Cosby’s attacks tearfully took to the stand to tell her story for the
first time. Andrea Constand, now 44, is testifying against Cosby saying
that he drugged and sexually assaulted her at his home.

Ms.
Constand has argued that she felt obliged to keep in contact with Cosby,
even after the incident, as he was an influential trustee at the
university where she worked. Bill Cosby is denying the allegations,
saying that the sexual liaisons between the pair of them where
consensual.

A lawyer for Mr. Cosby also argued in court that
Andrea Constand had an ulterior motive for keeping in touch with the
former TV star. The lawyer, Angela C. Agrusa said, “You were befriending
him because he was going to be able to give you some resources to get
into broadcasting.”

The four grueling hours that Constant spent
on the witness stand being cross-examined were no doubt incredibly
difficult for her, as it was also the first time she had had to face
Crosby in 12 years, a man she formerly “trusted”.

Cosby has been
supported by friends and fellow actors throughout week, who have taken
turns to accompany the 79-year-old to the court. Cosby arrived for the
fourth day of the trial with his friends and comedians Joe Torry and
Lewis Dix.

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