Bill Cosby got some bad news on Monday when his trial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand finally began.
Deadline reported that this came after a year and a half of Cosby’s lawyers buying time for him by trying to dismiss or delay the proceedings. Just hours into the trial, a media circus is already starting.
“Bill Cosby’s criminal trial is the celebrity criminal trial of the new 21st century,” said Pierce O’Donnell of L.A. firm Greenberg Glusker. “In many ways, Cosby is a far more luminous public figure than O.J. Simpson; he was a national treasure, a beloved icon, and a revered pioneer for Black Americans,” the Hollywood litigator said.”
“His fall from grace is mind boggling,” O’Donnell added, referring to the more than 60 women who have accused him of rape and assault. “Cosby has already been convicted of this crime and many others in the court of public opinion, but the only court that counts is the court of law.”
Cosby is facing three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault against Constand, a Temple University employee. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.
When walking into court, Cosby was accompanied by Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played his TV daughter Rudy Huxtable on his 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”
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