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Bill Cosby Entertainer to stand trial for assault charges

During a pretrial hearing Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence to proceed with a trial. Cosby's next court date will be July 20; it's not clear when his trial will start.

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American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist, Bill Cosby play

American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist, Bill Cosby

US actor Bill Cosby will undergo a criminal trial for sexual assault, a judge decided Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

The evidence gathered by the prosecutor justifies the establishment of such a trial, said the judge Elizabeth McHugh.

Following the judgment, the judged wished "good luck" to the actor, who simply said "Thank you".

Bill Cosby strongly denied a series of sexual assault allegations dating back to the 1970s play

Bill Cosby strongly denied a series of sexual assault allegations dating back to the 1970s

 

Bill Cosby is thus heading towards a trial, unless he decides to plead guilty and to submit to judgment.

The 78 years old, Bill Cosby was arrested last December. He is accused of drugging and raping Andrea Constand in 2004, a former employee of Temple University, the alma mater of the actor.

35 Bill Cosby Accusers play

35 Bill Cosby Accusers

 

If the court finds him guilty, the former star of The Cosby Show  is liable to a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

In 2005, Bruce Castor, the former district attorney of Montgomery County, refused to bring charges of sexual assault against Bill Cosby. He considered his decision binding its successors and refused to open any new lawsuits against the actor and comedian.

The case was reopened last summer.

Subsequently, dozens of other women accused Bill Cosby of having assaulted them, some of them dating back even to the 60s.

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