SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Pennsylvania judge ruled Wednesday that a sexual assault case against Bill Cosby will move forward.
Now, there will be a battle over explicit testimony he gave in a deposition more than a decade ago. In 2005, Cosby testified in a civil suit against him. In the testimony, Cosby admitted giving a woman pills and wine. Cosby’s attorneys said he was promised then that criminal charges would never be filed. The attorneys said if they knew Cosby could have been criminally tried, he would have never testified in the first place.
The judge said Wednesday that the former district attorney’s promise to Cosby was not legally binding, and so it does not bar prosecutors from pursuing charges against him.
Cosby’s attorneys can appeal, but they haven’t said if they plan to yet.
The case will now move to a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try 78-year-old Cosby on charges he drugged and violated a former Temple University employee at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.
The famous TV and comedy star could receive up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.
While more than 50 woman have accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them since the 1960s, the statute of limitations for prosecuting him has run out in nearly every instance. This is the only case in which he has been charged.