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.