Bill Cosby lawyers outline defence as his sexual assault case heads to trial


Bill Cosby's lawyers have outlined the questions his alleged victim is likely to face when the comedian faces trial on sexual assault charges.

The star's legal team asked why Andrea Constand stayed in touch with Cosby in the year after their encounter in 2004 and suggested they were in a consensual relationship.

Cosby has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges relating to allegations which date back to 2004.

Bill Cosby departs the Montgomery County Courthouse after a preliminary hearing

The decision came at a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor and unable to stop his advances.

District Judge Elizabeth McHugh ruled prosecutors had sufficient evidence to bring Cosby to trial at a hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania.

Bill Cosby

The judge said Cosby could enter a plea on July 20, but he waived his right to appear at that hearing. It means a trial is likely to take place on a date yet to be set.

Cosby, 78, could get 10 years in prison if convicted.