On Wednesday Judge Steven O’Neil announced that the alleged sexual assault case against Bill Cosby will move forward.
O’ Neill rejected Mr. Cosby’s defense team’s pleas to drop the case and allowed previous comments made about the attack to be usable by the prosecution in court.
Cosby, is being charged with aggravated indecent assault. Dispute the dozens of women who accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them; this is the only criminal case to make it this far.
The Huffington Post reported:
Under questioning then, Cosby admitted giving pills to Constand to “take some of the stress away” before he lifted her bra and slid a hand into her pants. The depositions conflict with statements Cosby made to authorities when they initially looked into Constand’s accusation. Constand and Cosby later reached a settlement out of court.
Cosby’s deposition shouldn’t be used, the defense said, because Cosby only agreed to testify in the lawsuit after then-District Attorney Bruce Castor said he wouldn’t prosecute the entertainer. Castor testified on Tuesday as a defense witness.
The next step in this process is a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial. If convicted, Cosby could face up to ten years in prison.