Bill Cosby is due to stand trial on sexual assault allegations dating back in 2004, as a US court has ruled.
Andrea Constand, former Temple University employee, accused Cosby of attacking her after giving her drug pills at his Philadelphia mansion twelve years ago. They were working together at the time.
The case was settled by a lawsuit back in 2006 and she was paid an undisclosed sum. Prosecutors reopened the case last summer after becoming fully aware that the statute of limitations had not run out. Over 50 women then alleged him of sexual abuse which took place decades ago.
Around 35 women spoke to the New York Times in regards to how the 78-year-old drugged them and took sexual advantage of them, with most of the incidents happening in the 1960’s.
Some of these women were teenagers at the time, sent to him by model agencies, while others were working or about to work with him. The list of the victims includes 70’s supermodels such as Janice Dickinson and Beverly Johnson.
Even though Mr Cosby has admitted giving drug pills to women in the past, he still maintains his innocence. He states that the sexual encounters were consensual and appears to be confident that his behaviour was not a rape, whereas he has countersued many women for defamation.
The American comedian will appear in court on July 20.
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