Bill Cosby was charged in late 2015 with his first criminal case. The last one year and a half have seen Cosby fight at his level best to dismiss or delay the trial. However, that’s no longer the case as the often-victimized Bill Cosby has just walked into a Pennsylvania courtroom this morning to stand trial for the alleged 2004 rape of Andrea Constand. WME is also expected to offer a testimony in the trial.
Pierce O’Donnell of L.A. firm Greenberg Glusker told Deadline that Bill Cosby’s criminal trial is the celebrity criminal trial of the new 21st century, adding that in many ways, Cosby is a far more luminous public figure than O.J. Simpson; he was a national treasure, a beloved icon, and a revered pioneer for Black Americans.
Pierce O’Donnell made a statement on Bill Cosby’s fall from grace, which he termed as mind boggling, adding that more than 60 women in recent years have claimed Cosby drugged and/or assaulted them, and the implosion of the actor’s career and stature.
O’Donnell drew a distinction between the court of public opinion and the court of law, adding that Cosby has already been convicted of this crime and many others in the court of public opinion.
Cosby will be facing more than 10 years behind bars if he’s found guilty by a jury. The accusations consist of three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault. The trial is set to take place in the Montgomery County Municipal Courthouse.
Rumor had previously indicated that Keshia Knight Pulliam would show up for the trial and indeed she will. Pulliam played Cosby’s TV daughter Rudy Huxtable on NBC’s iconic The Cosby Show.