Pop Culture: Cosby to Stand Trial for Sexual Assault

Bill Cosby will be tried on all charges of sexual assault, as the entertainer faces his first criminal case stemming from a 2004 incident, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

Cosby was in court for a preliminary hearing where the judge, Elizabeth McHugh, weighed the evidence to decide whether there was enough to proceed to a trial.

“We are here to serve justice,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told reporters just after the judge ruled. He noted that only limited evidence was presented, as the judge weighs a lower standard to proceed than jurors will at trial. Still, Steele said that the hearing showed Cosby’s “admission to much of the crime.”

“There was no evidence of a crime here,” Cosby’s attorney Brian McMonagle said, according to CNN. “And the inconsistencies that plagued this investigation from the beginning continue to plague it now. This case should end immediately.”

Bill Cosby Rape Hearing

Cosby’s accuser Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University, did not testify at the preliminary hearing, but prosecutors read a police report statement in which she told authorities in 2005 that he gave her pills that left her dizzy and she “started to panic.”

“I told him, ‘I can’t even talk, Mr. Cosby,’ I started to panic,” she told police that year, according to the AP. She said that the entertainer penetrated her with his fingers.