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Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Bill Cosby, Chief Black Bourgeoisie Culture Policeman, arrives in Penn court
Cosby arrives at Pennsylvania court in sex assault case
By Joseph Ax,Reuters
By Joseph Ax
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Bill Cosby returned to a
Pennsylvania courthouse on Tuesday for the first time since his
lawyers' failed effort to have the sexual assault charges against the
comedian thrown out.
Striding past dozens of television news cameras,
Cosby, 78, headed to the courtroom where prosecutors in Montgomery
County are expected to outline some of the evidence against him.
Before being hit by a wave of sex assault allegations, Cosby had been one of the most beloved U.S. entertainers.
A heavy police presence was aimed at keeping order
outside the courthouse in Norristown. Tuesday's preliminary hearing will
focus on the only allegation that has led to criminal charges, that
Cosby in 2004 drugged and assaulted Andrea Constand, a former basketball
coach at his Temple University alma mater.
Cosby has denied ever assaulting anyone and has portrayed his encounter with Constand as consensual.
The vast majority of the sexual assault accusations
by about 50 women dating back to the 1960s are too old to be the subject
of criminal prosecution. Pennsylvania prosecutors leveled their charges
in December, days before the statute of limitations was to expire.
Several cases are the subject of civil lawsuits, in
which victims say Cosby libeled them when he accused them of lying about
The accusations have destroyed Cosby's reputation, which he built during years of family-friendly comedy.
Last month, an appeals court rejected a bid from
Cosby's lawyers to have the criminal case dismissed because of what they
described as a non-prosecution agreement he struck with a former
Montgomery County district attorney a decade ago.
The former prosecutor, Bruce Castor, has said he
agreed not to press charges in exchange for Cosby's testimony in a civil
lawsuit filed by Constand.
But current prosecutors questioned Castor's
testimony, saying there was no written evidence of such a deal. They
also said Castor did not have the legal authority to prohibit his
successors from bringing charges in the future.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax in Norristown, Pa.; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Scott Malone and Lisa Von Ahn)