Bill Cosby was once so beloved.
He was one of the most famous comedians ever, and was the first black person to win an Emmy Award for his hit show ‘I Spy’ in 1966.
Now he’s embroiled in a sexual assault scandal and the trial’s first days were intensely eye-opening.
Once known as “America’s Dad”, Cosby is currently charged with 3 counts of felony aggravated indecent assault.
And the allegations from his accusers poured out in the first couple of days of trial.
Fox News reports:
“While Constand was employed as Temple University’s director of operations for the women’s basketball team between 2001 and 2004, she met Cosby, an alumnus of the Philadelphia college, according to court documents.
Eventually the pair ‘developed what [Constand] believed to be a sincere friendship,’ and she looked to Cosby as a mentor, the court documents state.
Constand alleges that Cosby made sexual advances on multiple occasions and that she turned them down.
But Constand is accusing Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her during one specific visit to his home sometime between mid-January and mid-February of 2004.
According to court documents, Constand — then 30 years old — told Cosby about the anxiety she had regarding her career and said she felt ‘drained.’
Cosby offered ‘three blue pills’ that he said were ‘herbal’ and instructed her to take them as they would ‘take the edge off,’ court documents allege.
Constand said she took the pills with water but also sipped on wine as Cosby had instructed.
Within 20 to 30 minutes of taking the pills, Constand said her vision became blurry, and she had difficulty speaking, according to a probable cause affidavit.
She also described not being aware of sounds or time and feeling as though she was ‘in and out.’
Court documents describe, in graphic detail, the alleged sexual assault.
‘The victim told investigators that she did not consent to any of these acts, and was unable to move or speak during the assault,’ the documents say.”
Constand was scared and didn’t tell anybody about the instance for over a year, but upon her mother learning of it, she called the authorities.
But the “authorities” urged her to say quiet and even went as far as to claim that falsifying sexual assault accusations is a horrific crime.
Another woman, Kelly Johnson, testified against Cosby and corroborated that the “pills” he doled was like poisoning kids on Halloween night.
But there is an important unnamed Jane Doe.
Fox News continued:
“Cosby’s June 5 trial is only about his encounters with and alleged assault of Constand.
However, one other woman who has accused Cosby of sexual misconduct as a Jane Doe in the original civil suit will be permitted to testify at the trial.
But just because some women cannot testify or bring charges of their own due to the statute of limitations, that won’t necessarily keep them away.
Victoria Valentino and Therese Serignese will be at the trial as it is ‘important for us to show our faces,’ Valentino said.
Now 74, Valentino claims that she was drugged and raped by Cosby in 1969.
Serignese said she was given Quaaludes by Cosby backstage at an event in 1976.”
This is shaking up to be an intense trial.
If Cosby is found guilty he could spend up to 10 years behind bars – and 5 of the 12 jurors are women.