NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – Bill Cosby is heading to trial on sexual assault charges.
Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, did not take the stand at a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Montgomery County, but detectives testified about the statement she gave them about an alleged sexual assault more than a decade ago.
According to police, the former Temple University employee visited Cosby at his Philadelphia home in January of 2004. Constand says Cosby offered her pills to help her “relax” and shortly after taking them she said her “legs felt rubbery, everything was blurry and dizzy.”
Constand told detectives Cosby helped her to the couch and that’s where he sexually assaulted her, putting his hands up her shirt and in her pants and placing her hand on his genitals.
Constand told detectives “she felt paralyzed and couldn’t talk” during the alleged assault.
In a statement given to police, Cosby said Constand never told him no during the “heavy petting” that happened at his home. He says he gave Constand Benadryl. Cosby also told police that Constand accepted a dinner date with him and also asked for tickets to one of his shows in Canada after the alleged assault happened.
Detectives also testified about a phone call that took place between Cosby and Constand’s mother. Cosby said Constand’s mother called him and confronted him about giving her daughter pills. Cosby says he” apologized twice” and offered to pay for Constand’s graduate school
Gloria Allred represents more than 30 of Cosby’s accusers and was present at the preliminary hearing.
“I don’t think that Mr. Cosby was thrilled that his own interview with the police was admitted into evidence because some of what he said could be quite damning,” Allred said.
“We are here because we want to seek the truth and serve justice,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. “We look forward to the next step.”
If convicted of all charges, Cosby could face up to 10 years in prison.