Bill Cosby to Stand Trial on Sexual Assault Charges

A judge rules there is enough evidence to proceed on allegations the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004.
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including that bill bill Cosby bombshell. He will stand trial on charges he drugged and sexually assault women in 2004. ABC's linsey Davis is outside the courtroom in Philadelphia. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, George. The face-to-face encounter between bill Cosby and one of his accusers Andrea constand didn't happen at yesterday's hearing but she is expected to testify at the trial. Still, there was lots of drama in the courtroom. The 78-year-old actor waved to fans on his way into court Tuesday where he learned the fate of his effort to avoid prosecution. A Pennsylvania judge ruling there is enough evidence for him to stand trial in a sexual assault case. She was unable to concept, you know, that's the crime. Reporter: Not present in court, Andrea constand who prosecutors say was drugged and sexually assaulted by the comedian at his Pennsylvania home in 2004. According to the criminal complaint constand told investigators Cosby urged her to take three blue pills and after ingesting them everything became blurry and dizzy saying she was unable to move or speak during the assault and describing her condition as frozen and paralyzed. Cosby never criminally prosecuted and the prosecutor declining to press charges at the time. In a civil deposition related to the same alleged encounter Cosby admitted to kissing and heavy petting with con stapdz but maintained it was consensual. There was no evidence of a crime here. And that the inconsistencies that plague this investigation from the beginning continue to plague it now. Reporter: During the 3 1/2-hour hearing Cosby's attorneys gave insight into their possible defense. After the so-called incident, the complainant continued to contact Mr. Cosby, the complainant accepted a dinner invitation from Mr. Cosby. This is wrong. Reporter: This morning, a group of Cosby supporters say they've spent thousands of dollars to get ads on the air in defense of the embattled comedian calling the case against Cosby a witch-hunt. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault. You can expect that the prosecution is likely going to fight vigorously to try to get their testimony included in this case. Cosby's defense team has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Robin. Linsey, thank you. Joining us now is Nancy grace, host of "Nancy grace" on HLN and here in the studio our chief legal analyst Dan Abrams. Nancy, let me begin with you, prosecutors at the time of the alleged assault did not file criminal charges so how strong is this case against bill Cosby? Well, I find that very disturbing that they did not go forward, but what I think is more important than the prosecution's decision not to go forward way back in 2005 is the fact that she went to authorities. It's not as if she sat back and thought about it all these years, took a money settlement and then at the last moment just before the statute of limitations runs she goes forward with criminal charges. She went to police and made as we call it in the law an outcry. She told people what happened at the time. That's very significant. Yeah, people need to keep that in mind, of course. Constand as we heard in Lynn so report one of many women who have come and accused bill Cosby. Will that -- will others come forward. That's the most important legal question in the case. They've come forward. The question will they be able to testify? Exactly. If they are, this case against bill Cosby is going to be a very powerful, strong one. If they can't, if a court deems that they cannot testify as part of this case, this is not going to be that easy a case against bill Cosby. Yes, they have statements from his deposition which fundamentally change things. Yes, they'll have her account. But keep in mind, it took her many months if not almost a year to come forward to report the crime. There's the time that has passed since then, there is the he said/she said element of this and let's not just presume because it's moving forward it will be a slam conduct for prosecutors. The defense, Nancy -- ? He's right. You can't presume anything. Right. You know the defense was vocal in the preliminary hearing yesterday. They were even shouting at times and constand was not there for the preliminary hearing and, of course, she would have to be in court at some time, wouldn't she? Well, yes, under the constitution the accused who is bill Cosby has a right to confront and cross-examine his accuser. But, you know, all that blustering and grandstanding by the defense, that didn't mean a hill of beans to me. She did not have to be at the preliminary hearing. That is standard in most jurisdictions. I expected the defense attorney to bluster his way and complain and scream but I think, Dan, you really hit the nail on the head in that -- there have been cases for I got up to ten similar transactions in on the case in chief. If they come in, this case is over and I think Cosby's own words under oath are going to haunt him. Would you expect her to take the stand. She will take the stand. The fact she didn't testify in the preliminary hearing doesn't mean anything. She will testify in the criminal case. Dan, Nancy, Nancy, always good to see you. Thank you very much, both of you.

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