A Pennsylvania judge, Elizabeth A. McHugh ruled on Tuesday morning, that Norristown, Pa. prosecutors have enough evidence on hand to take Bill Cosby to trial for an alleged sexual assault dating back to 2004. The complainant, former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, claims that Mr. Cosby had pressured her to take three blue pills which left her unable to move or speak. The incident allegedly took place at Mr. Cosby’s home in Cheltenham, Pa., that he shares with his wife Camille.
Some 60 women have accused Bill Cosby of either raping or sexually harassing them but none of the cases have ever been substantiated. Some of these allegations date back to the 1960’s. If convicted, Mr. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison. Bill Cosby was at the court hearing on Tuesday but his accuser was not present in the courtroom. Her statement that was given to police in 2005 was read in court instead. In her police statement, Ms. Constand said she was “frozen” and “paralyzed” after taking the pills Mr. Cosby had pressured her to take. Although she said she was incapacitated, Ms. Constand said she was aware that Mr. Cosby had touched her breasts and penetrated her with his fingers against her will.
Mr. Cosby is to be formally arraigned on July 20 and remains free on $1 million bail.