Friday 27 November, 2020

Bill Cosby appeal set for December 1 in Pennsylvania high court

In this September 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

In this September 25, 2018, file photo, Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby gave quaaludes, a sedative and hypnotic drug, to women in the past. The evidence came from Cosby's own deposition testimony in a related lawsuit.

Cosby, a once-beloved comedian long known as “America's Dad,” became the first celebrity convicted of sexual misconduct in the #MeToo era when he was convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home near Philadelphia in 2004.

Cosby was arrested in December 2015, days before the statute of limitations would have run after his deposition became public and prosecutors reopened the case. In his testimony, he acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand unidentified pills that night that she said knocked her out. Cosby’s lawyers called the encounter consensual.

Dozens of women have come forward over the years to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, and the trial judge deemed him a sexually violent predator.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted.

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