Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Cosby Is Ordered to Stand Trial in Sex Case

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bill Cosby Is Ordered to Stand Trial in Sex Case

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. * She called him "Mr. Cosby" and considered him a trusted friend and mentor.

But 20 minutes after Bill Cosby offered her three blue pills and told her to take them with the wine he had set out, Andrea Constand's legs began to wobble "like jelly," her eyes went blurry and her head began to throb.

Cosby helped her to a couch in his living room, where she later realized he violated her as she lay helplessly in a stupor, she told police in 2005.

On Tuesday, a judge ordered Cosby, 78, to stand trial on sexual assault charges on the strength of Constand's decade-old police statement, sparing her the need to testify at the preliminary hearing.

Cosby could get 10 years in prison if convicted in the case, the only criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the barrage of allegations that he drugged and molested dozens of women over five decades. …

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