Time­line in the re­trial of Bill Cosby's sex­ual as­sault case

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Open­ing state­ments be­gin Monday in Bill Cosby's re­trial on sex­ual as­sault charges stem­ming from a 2004 en­counter at his home near Philadel­phia. An­drea Con­stand, a for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity women's basketball of­fi­cial who says Cosby drugged and molested her, will tes­tify along with as many as five other ac­cusers. If convicted, the 80-year-old co­me­dian could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Key events in the case: 2002

Cosby meets An­drea Con­stand at Philadel­phia's Tem­ple Univer­sity, his alma mater, where she man­ages the women's basketball team and he serves as a celebrity booster and trustee. (The As­so­ci­ated Press does not usu­ally iden­tify peo­ple who say they are the vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault, but Con­stand has agreed to al­low her name to be used.)


JAN­UARY: Cosby drugs and as­saults Con­stand at his sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia home, ac­cord­ing to her tes­ti­mony at last year's trial. The de­fense says any sex­ual en­counter was con­sen­sual and hap­pened ear­lier. The tim­ing is im­por­tant be­cause Cosby was charged only a few days be­fore the statute of lim­i­ta­tions was set to kick in. Cosby has

said he gave her three blue pills to al­le­vi­ate stress be­fore ly­ing on the couch with her and en­gag­ing in sex acts. Cosby was 66, Con­stand was 30.


JAN­UARY: Con­stand, now back home in sub­ur­ban Toronto, tells her mother some­thing hap­pened with Cosby. They go to po­lice, who sug­gest they record him on a phone call. On the call, Cosby said he en­gaged in ``dig­i­tal pen­e­tra­tion'' but re­fuses to say what pills he gave her. The case is re­ferred to Penn­syl­va­nia au­thor­i­ties. Cosby lawyer Wal­ter Phillips calls the al­le­ga­tions “point­edly bizarre.” Con­stand tells The Philadel­phia In­quirer, “I did what I thought was right.”

FE­BRU­ARY: Mont­gomery County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Bruce Cas­tor an­nounces that he will not charge Cosby. He con­sid­ers the case weak, cit­ing the year­long de­lay, Con­stand's con­tin­ued con­tact with Cosby, and the fail­ure of other ac­cusers now com­ing for­ward to have ever filed a po­lice com­plaint.

MARCH: Con­stand sues Cosby for sex­ual bat­tery and defama­tion. 2006

NOVEM­BER: Cosby set­tles the case af­ter giv­ing four days of de­po­si­tion tes­ti­mony about his af­fairs with young women over a span of 50 years. A con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ment pre­vents ei­ther side from dis­cussing the case.


OC­TO­BER: Co­me­dian Han­ni­bal Bur­ress calls Cosby a rapist in a standup act caught on video and shared on­line. More women ac­cuse Cosby of as­sault­ing them.

DE­CEM­BER: The As­so­ci­ated Press pe­ti­tions to have doc­u­ments in Con­stand's 2005 law­suit un­sealed. Cosby fights the re­quest.


JULY: U.S. Judge Ed­uardo Ro­breno grants the AP's mo­tion, say­ing “the stark con­trast be­tween Bill Cosby, the pub­lic moral­ist and Bill Cosby, the sub­ject of se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions con­cern­ing im­proper (and per­haps crim­i­nal) con­duct, is a mat­ter as to which the AP - and by ex­ten­sion the pub­lic - has a sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­est.” The doc­u­ments in­clude de­po­si­tion ex­cerpts in which Cosby ac­knowl­edges giv­ing a se­ries of women pills and al­co­hol be­fore sex.

AU­GUST: Mont­gomery County au­thor­i­ties re­open the 2005 crim­i­nal case, aware the 12-year statute of lim­i­ta­tions for ag­gra­vated sex­ual as­sault has not yet run.

DEC. 30, 2015: Cosby is ar­rested, en­ters a not guilty plea and is re­leased on $1 mil­lion bail.


JUNE 5: Cosby goes on trial. In her open­ing state­ment, a pros­e­cu­tor warns the jury that Cosby isn't the char­ac­ter he plays on TV. The de­fense coun­ters by at­tack­ing Con­stand's cred­i­bil­ity. The only other ac­cuser per­mit­ted to tes­tify at the trial, Kelly John­son, de­scribes an as­sault she says took place in 1996 at a hotel bun­ga­low in Los An­ge­les.

JUNE 6: Con­stand tes­ti­fies that Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy and then pen­e­trated her with his fin­gers as she lay par­a­lyzed on a couch, un­able to tell him to stop. “In my head, I was try­ing to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” she says. “I wanted it to stop.”

JUNE 7: Con­stand with­stands hours of cross ex­am­i­na­tion, dis­miss­ing any sug­ges­tion she and Cosby shared a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship be­fore the night she says he as­saulted her.

JUNE 8: Ju­rors hear Cosby's lurid, decade-old tes­ti­mony in which he ac­knowl­edged giv­ing quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with and de­scribes how he touched Con­stand's body dur­ing their sex­ual en­counter: “I don't hear her say any­thing. And I don't feel her say any­thing. And so I con­tinue and I go into the area that is some­where be­tween per­mis­sion and re­jec­tion. I am not stopped.”

JUNE 17: Ju­rors re­port they are hope­lessly dead­locked, prompt­ing the judge to de­clare a mis­trial fol­low­ing more than 52 hours of de­lib­er­a­tions over six days. Prose­cu­tors im­me­di­ately an­nounce they'll put him on a trial a sec­ond time.

AU­GUST: Cosby hires new lawyers, in­clud­ing Tom Me­sereau, the high­pro­file at­tor­ney who won an ac­quit­tal in Michael Jack­son's child mo­lesta­tion case.


JAN­UARY: Cosby per­forms in pub­lic for the first time since the scan­dal broke in 2015, tak­ing the stage for about an hour at a Philadel­phia jazz club.

MARCH: Judge Steven O'Neill agrees to let five ad­di­tional ac­cusers tes­tify at the re­trial, giv­ing prose­cu­tors a chance to por­tray Cosby as a se­rial preda­tor who drugged and molested women. The de­fense ar­gues that “an­cient al­le­ga­tions” would con­fuse, dis­tract and prej­u­dice the jury.

APRIL 3: The judge gives Cosby's le­gal de­fense a huge lift by say­ing they can call a wit­ness, Mar­guerite Jack­son, who says Con­stand talked about fram­ing a celebrity be­fore she lodged sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions against Cosby in 2005. The judge also helps the de­fense case by rul­ing that ju­rors can hear how much Cosby ul­ti­mately paid Con­stand in the 2006 civil set­tle­ment.

APRIL 4-5: A jury of seven men and five women - 10 of them white, two of them black _ is seated. Three of the six al­ter­nates are black.


Andrea Con­stand tes­ti­fies in Bill Cosby Sex­ual As­sault Trial

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