Bill Cosby’s re­trial for sex­ual as­sault set for April

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Co­me­dian Bill Cosby’s re­trial on sex­ual as­sault charges will be­gin on April 2 in Norristown in Penn­syl­va­nia, a judge ruled on Fri­day.

Cosby’s first trial ended in a mis­trial in June af­ter a jury failed to reach a unan­i­mous ver­dict af­ter de­lib­er­at­ing more than 50 hours.

The 80-year-old en­ter­tainer is ac­cused of drug­ging and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing An­drea Con­stand, a for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tor with the women’s bas­ket­ball team at his alma mater, Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity, in 2004.

Cosby’s fam­ily-friendly rep­u­ta­tion, built upon a long ca­reer high­lighted by his star­ring role in the 1980s tele­vi­sion com­edy “The Cosby Show,” has been shat­tered by dozens of al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault dat­ing back decades. Con­stand’s ac­cu­sa­tions are the only ones re­cent enough to sus­tain crim­i­nal charges.

Cosby has de­nied any wrong­do­ing, say­ing any en­coun­ters with his ac­cusers were con­sen­sual.


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