Franklin County town not impacted by the Cosby case

The 78-year-old comedian is charged with felony sexual assault

Bill Cosby
FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013 file photo, actor-comedian Bill Cosby poses for a portrait in New York. A federal judge on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, dismissed a lawsuit filed by Renita Hill, 48, of Baldwin, Pa., who claims Bill Cosby defamed her when he and his representatives responded to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her and other women. The October lawsuit filed Hill was dismissed with prejudice, meaning she cannot try to amend and re-file it. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. (WWLP) – The Bill Cosby sexual assault case is grabbing national attention, but it doesn’t generate much interest among residents in Shelburne Falls.

Cosby was in a Pennsylvania court on Thursday for a hearing on whether he should have been allowed to confront his accuser at a preliminary hearing before a judge ruled he should stand trial on a sex assault charge.

The judge refused to dismiss the case, finding enough evidence to continue to the trial.

The 78-year-old comedian is charged with felony sexual assault, and accused of drugging and molesting a woman in 2004. Cosby calls the encounter “consensual.”

22News found out that Cosby’s legal issues aren’t talked about much in the Franklin County town where he lives.

Sierra Rush of Baker’s Pharmacy said, “Some people are generally interested just because he lives in the town, but it’s not an everyday topic. It’s more if it makes headlines or if it comes up on Facebook or something, but it’s not something people just talk about.”

Cosby’s 21-acre estate isn’t close to the Shelburne Falls center. He lives there with his wife, Camille.

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