A judge sided with prosecutors on Wednesday to move forward with criminal sexual assault charges for actor and comedian, Bill Cosby. This comes after Cosby’s attorneys argued for two days in a pretrial hearing that a 2005 deal from former District Attorney Bruce Castor not to prosecute Cosby should stand.
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Attorneys for Cosby accuser Andrea Constand argue she was not made aware of a deal. The former Temple University employee alleges the entertainer sexually assaulted her in his home back in 2004. According to a 2005 deposition, he did admit to a sexual encounter but says it was consensual on both parts.
During testimony, one of Castor’s reasons for not moving forward with prosecution in 2005 was due to Constand’s police statement being what he considered “inconsistent” for a rape victim. The current DA charged Cosby in December of 2015 as dozens of women came forward with their accounts of being drugged by the former Cosby Show dad.
Another Cosby accuser, Chloe Goins, decided to drop a civil suit Tuesday against the 78-year-old claiming he sexually assaulted her at the Playboy mansion in 2008.
The judge set a preliminary hearing for Cosby’s criminal case on March 8.