It’s official: Bill Cosby will have to face the music against sexual assault allegations in a court of law. According to CNN, Cosby will next appear in court on July 20, although the publication admits that it is not clear if July 20 will be start of Cosby’s trial or just another court appearance.
The social media reaction to the news that Cosby will stand trial already has a plethora of people wondering if Cosby’s trial will be televised, making it another “trial of the century” like O.J. Simpson’s trial.
Should The Bill Cosby Trial Be Televised? The women of "The View" think so. https://t.co/WMMUUVpa0l— MadameNoire (@MadameNoire) January 5, 2016
As reported by EurWeb, Joy Behar of The View already believed the Cosby trial should be televised so everyone who wanted to watch the Cosby trial could witness Bill potentially answering accusations that have followed him for decades.
Bill Cosby will stand trial on sexual assault charges after a judge rejected his efforts to have the case dismissed https://t.co/9HvnDx8hz4— New York Times Arts (@nytimesarts) May 24, 2016
Seen in the top photo above, Cosby left the Montgomery County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 24 after his preliminary hearing. That’s where the decision was made that Cosby should indeed stand trial on the looming sexual assault charges he has denied in public.
Not only did Cosby deny many of the allegations brought by more than 40 women who went public about their unwanted dealings with him, but the comedian’s team tried to disparage many of the accusers, painting them as liars or gold-digging opportunists trying to disparage the Cosby name.
However, Cosby now must stand trial for three felony counts of assault against Andrea Constand. As reported by the Inquisitr, Cosby was drawn to Andrea when he met her in 2002 at Temple University. Andrea admitted that she is a lesbian who was never attracted to Cosby, a man many years her senior whom she viewed as an older mentor.
An evening with Cosby, where Bill claimed he could help Andrea with her back pain, turned into a night involving accusations of Constand being drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian. The case was settled in 2006, and Cosby recently sued Andrea in February with claims that the terms of their settlement were violated. However, new information caused the 2006 case to reopen when Cosby’s 2005 admissions in a deposition were unsealed.
When that deposition was unsealed, it was the first time the public heard Cosby’s version of events. Based on whether or not Cosby testifies, the deposition may largely represent Cosby’s point of view. Cosby referenced himself in the third-person in the deposition as he explained his dealings with Andrea.
“It’s one where she gets on my back with her back and her arms come under mine and I grab her and I say, ‘Now you relax,’ — I go up and I come down and I give that jolt and it’s supposed to line the vertebrae. Here’s a mentor, Bill Cosby, who is in the business — Bill Cosby, who happens to know something about what to do — and Andrea is not picking up on it.
“Andrea came to the house… We talked about Temple University. We talked about her position. And then I went upstairs and I got three pills… because she was talking about stress…. We sat for 15 or 20 minutes talking. I then said, ‘Let’s go into the living room.’… I asked her to have a sit down on the sofa. We were still talking. But then we began to neck and we began to touch and we began to feel and kiss and kiss back.
“I was hoping (it) had been a sort of a contribution to happiness, friendship, a moment that we shared.”
As such, Cosby was released on $1 million bond in December and now must face the three felony charges against him. Whether or not snippets from the 78-year-old Cosby’s trial will be viewed via TV by the public remains to be seen.
The reaction to the news that Cosby must stand trial has caused the name Bill Cosby to become a top trending item on Twitter, with nearly 50,000 reactions.
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