Bill Cosby is out of options. The fallen comedy icon will have to face his day in court for felony sexual assault charges, despite his legal team’s best efforts to have them dismissed.
A Pennsylvania judge presiding over the case ruled late Wednesday that the trial, over charges brought on by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, will move forward. Cosby allegedly raped Constand back in 2004, and she sued him for sexual misconduct in 2005 after the Pennsylvania district attorney at the time, Bruce Castor, refused to pursue criminal charges against the sitcom star.
Cosby’s defense team claimed this week that Castor assured Cosby that he would never face prosecution for these specific charges if he agreed to give a deposition in Constand’s civil suit. Ironically, it’s that very deposition that escalated the call for criminal charges against Cosby, after he admitted to using quaaludes to drug women.
The judge in this new case isn’t buying Cosby’s claims of immunity, and insists that the trial move forward. The judge also filed an order compelling Cosby to answer questions about the incident with Constand after his lawyers refused to allow him to speak on it. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 8.
SOURCE: BET – Evelyn Diaz