Bill Cosby sexual assault case: Timeline of key events
MY take: Given the "conventional wisdom" prevalent at the time, (think Michael Jackson, Goldman Sacks), Bill was probably advised to settle, rather than endure a long and very public civil "trial" and (given that he was not yet retired), chose to do so.2001
December 2001: Andrea Constand begins work as director of Operations for the Temple University women’s basketball team. In that role, she meets renowned alumnus Bill Cosby, who becomes her mentor and friend.
January 2004: Constand visits Cosby’s mansion in Cheltenham Township. There, prosecutors say, Cosby drugs Constand and sexually assaults her while she is unconscious.
January 2005: Constand reports the incident to Cheltenham Township police. Detectives interview Constand and Cosby.
February 2005: Bruce L. Castor Jr., then the Montgomery County district attorney, says there is insufficient evidence to file criminal charges against Cosby.
March 2005: Constand sues Cosby in federal court in Philadelphia. Though they are not named publicly, as many as 13 other women are prepared to testify against the television star, according to Constand’s lawyers.
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Bill settles with Andrea, a sealed deposition accompanied this settlement...time passes.2006
November 2006: Cosby and Constand settle out of court.
Lesson one: Never give up your fifth amendment rights, even if your told you wont be prosecuted by a DA.2014
October 2014: During a performance in Philadelphia, comedian Hannibal Buress assails Cosby as a rapist. Video of his remarks, delivered during a standup routine, go viral and suddenly bring a new spotlight to the decade-old sex-assault allegations.
November 2014: Cosby cancels public appearances. NBC scraps a Cosby show that was under development.
December 2014: Cosby steps down from Temple’s board of trustees.
Winter and spring of 2015: Dozens of women come out publicly with allegations of unwanted sexual contact by Cosby. Nearly all their claims are beyond the statute of limitations, some even decades old. Cosby’s lawyers say he has never assaulted anyone.
July 6, 2015: A federal judge in Philadelphia unseals portions of Cosby’s deposition from the 2005 civil case. In it, Cosby admits to obtaining sedatives to give to women before sex.
ELECTION 2015: Steele defeats Castor in Montco DA raceJuly 10, 2015: Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman reopens the criminal probe into Constand’s claim.
October 2015: Cosby becomes a central figure in the race for Montgomery County District Attorney between Kevin R. Steele, Ferman’s first assistant, and Castor, who is seeking his old job. Steele runs a TV ad claiming Castor failed to prosecute Cosby. Castor counters that Steele could still act to arrest Cosby.
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The Cosby case became the dominant issue in the campaign.
I suppose one can't fault him for "honoring a campaign promise" as it was (perhaps) a good way to get the feminist vote...Nov. 4, 2015: Steele wins the election over Castor.
Dec. 30, 2015: Steele announces a charge of felony indecent assault against Cosby, ...
a crime that carries a maximum penalty of up to a decade in prison. Cosby, now 78 and walking with a cane, posts 10 percent of his $1 million bail. His lawyers vow “a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge” and predict he’ll be exonerated.
Once he took the office, all of a sudden now this case has sufficient evidence to go forward...go figure.
Lesson two: Never give up your fifth amendment rights, even if your told you wont be prosecuted by a DA.January 2016: A purported verbal “non-prosecution agreement” between Castor and Cosby becomes public. Cosby’s lawyers say the entertainer received a legally binding agreement from Castor not to prosecute; in exchange, Cosby agreed to testify in Constand’s civil suit. The deal was not put in writing.
There is more, help yourselves...hope this was of some interest...Feb. 3, 2016: A Montgomery County judge rejects Bill Cosby’s motion to dismiss his sex assault case, ruling that a promise from the county’s former district attorney was not legally binding and didn’t bar prosecutors from ever charging the comedian.
May 24, 2016: Cosby is appears in court in Montgomery County for a preliminary hearing, the first evidentiary hearing in the sexual-assault case. He is ordered to stand trial.
Dec. 5, 2016: Cosby loses a major legal battle when a judge rules that prosecutors can tell jurors about damaging, decade-old testimony in which Cosby acknowledged offering drugs to women he wanted to seduce. The ruling means the once-sealed deposition can become part of evidence prosecutors use at trial.