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No freedom yet for Cosby over sexual assault allegations by 60 women

Bill Cosby

There seems to be no respite for Bill Cosby, the  famous  comedian as is scheduled to return to a Pennsylvania State Court.

This is after a judge rejected his latest bid to have criminal sexual assault charges dismissed.

The 79-year-old entertainer is accused of drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand, a former basketball coach at his alma mater Temple University at his home in 2004.

Though Cosby is facing similar allegations from about 60 women back in decades, it appears that is only the Constand case that has resulted in criminal charges.

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The allegations made by other women are said to be too old for prosecution.

The former star of the hit 1980s TV series “The Cosby Show,” who built a long career on family-friendly comedy, has denied assaulting anyone and portrayed his sexual relationships with the women, including Constand, as consensual.

The hearing is expected to focus on scheduling matters.

Though, a trial date has not yet been set. Cosby, who is free on one million dollars bail, could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill in July rejected Cosby’s claim that his rights were violated at a May preliminary hearing, because prosecutors declined to put Constand on the stand.

Cosby’s legal team will not include Monique Pressley, a Washington-based attorney who had become the public face of his defence through frequent appearances in the media on his behalf.

Pressley has left the case, according to court filings.

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Cosby’s lawyers are seeking to prevent prosecutors from using a 2005 deposition taken during Constand’s civil lawsuit as evidence against him at trial.

He acknowledged in the deposition that he had given Quaaludes to various women with whom he had consensual sexual encounters, though he also denied assaulting Constand.

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