Comedian Bill Cosby faced at least 54 allegations of sexual assault, according to a list compiled by Slate in 2014. Many included the drugging and raping of his victims. On Thursday, he was found guilty for one of those counts in Norristown Pennsylvania and faces up to 30 years in prison.
Andrea Constand reported Cosby for sexual assault in 2005, a year after the alleged incident. Prosecutors decided not to pursue charges because of a lack of physical evidence which had disappeared over the course of the year. Thirteen years later, Constand’s account is the case that resulted in a conviction.
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January 2005: A year later, Constand reports Cosby to Norristown, Pennsylvania authorities. Prosecutor Castor later said that he believed Constand’s account but lacked sufficient evidence to bring charges against Cosby at the time (CNN).
January 31, 2006: The U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania hears the civil action case, Andrea Constand v. William H. Cosby, Jr. While only for punitive damages, not a felony conviction, Constand alleged that Cosby raped her and used the anonymous testimony of five other women in support.
April 26, 2018: Cosby is convicted of three counts of sexual assault, each coming with a maximum sentence of ten years.