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Bill Cosby Sexual Misconduct Trial Gets Court Date

by Raphael Chestang 1:47 PM PDT, September 06, 2016
Playing Bill Cosby Sexual Misconduct Trial Gets Court Date

Bill Cosby's trial surrounding allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted former Temple employee Andrea Constand is set to begin June 5, 2017.

The date was set in a Pennsylvania court on Tuesday, where Cosby's lawyers attempted to get two pieces of evidence thrown out in the case.

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The 79-year-old comedian is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in the case. Constand alleges that Cosby drugged and violated her in January 2004 at his mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Cosby has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

After the court date was set, Cosby's lawyers released the following statement to ET.

"Mr. Cosby is no stranger to discrimination and racial hatred, and throughout his career Mr. Cosby has always used his voice and his celebrity to highlight the commonalities and has portrayed the differences that are not negative -- no matter the race, gender and religion of a person.

"Yet, over the last fourteen months, Mr. Cosby, and those who have supported him, have been ignored, while lawyers like Gloria Allred hold press conferences to accuse him of crimes for unwitnessed events that allegedly occurred almost a half century earlier.

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"The time has come to shine a spotlight on the trampling of Mr. Cosby's civil rights. Gloria Allred apparently loves the media spotlight more than she cares about justice. She calls herself a civil rights attorney, but her campaign against Mr. Cosby builds on racial bias and prejudice that can pollute the court of public opinion. And when the media repeats her accusations -- with no evidence, no trial and no jury -- we are moved backwards as a country and away from the America that our civil rights leaders sacrificed so much to create.

"Mr. Cosby is not giving up the fight for his rights."

This is the first criminal case that Cosby has had to face, though numerous women have brought civil cases against him, claiming they too were sexually assaulted.

Cosby has not been convicted in this case or criminally charged in regard to the other accusations against him. He has also repeatedly denied that any of these allegations are true.

Watch the video below for more details on the many allegations brought against Cosby.

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