Every now and then new updates on Bill Cosby’s legal woes surface and the whole situation just seems to be far from ending.
When everything hit the fan, and the man we all knew and loved as Dr. Heathcliff “Cliff” Huxtable from the hit sitcom The Cosby Show was accused—not once, not twice, but more times than anyone could count on their hands—of sexual assault by a myriad of different women; things got real.
His accuser and the first woman out of 50-plus to go public, Andrea Constand, former mentee of Cosby, has accused him of drugging and molesting her at his home in Montgomery County outside of Philadelphia 12 years ago. Constand sued Cosby in civil court and it was settled and sealed in 2006, but is now reopened after other women accused him of similar behavior.
Now, the Temple University alumnus is facing charges again, and the most recent happenings in this ongoing case is that yesterday [July 7, 2016] Cosby lost yet another bid to get criminal charges thrown out after a judge ruled there is enough evidence to try him, even though he was unable to cross-examine his accuser at a preliminary hearing, per USA Today.
Cosby is frustrated with Judge Steven O’Neill ruling against his efforts to reverse an earlier decision to send him to trial on charges of aggravated assault as a result of an encounter between Cosby and Constand back in 2004.
Cosby shared his feelings towards O’Neill’s decision in a statement issued by his spokesman that said:
“Once again the Prosecution had the opportunity and the obligation to place Mr. Cosby’s accuser under oath so that we can search for the truth but they refused,” the statement read. “Today a man who has meant so much to so many; a man who has given so much to so many; has had his constitutional rights trampled on. We truly believe that our Supreme Court will right this wrong and reverse this decision so that we can finish the mission of proving Mr. Cosby’s innocence.”
According to USA Today, Cosby has filed counter-suits among other legal strategies, and says that Constand and her lawyers have violate the terms of the settlement by cooperating in the investigation of her accusations reopened by police in 2015.