Cosby assault case to centre on consent after wine and pills

Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by The News Editor

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Bill Cosby has long claimed that his extramarital conquests were all consensual.

A jury may ultimately decide if that is true after the 78-year-old actor was arrested on assault charges in Elkins Park, Philadelphia, on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say a former Temple University employee was too impaired by the wine and pills Cosby gave her in 2004 to consent to the sexual activity that followed.

They reopened the case armed with new evidence this year which includes Cosby’s deposition from the woman’s civil lawsuit. Cosby said the woman never told him to stop.

Prosecutors say she was “in and out of consciousness” at the time. Dozens of other women have made similar complaints about Cosby.

Defence lawyers promise to aggressively fight the charges.

Cosby is free on 1 million US dollars (£674,500) bail pending a preliminary hearing on January 14.

Published: Thursday 31st December 2015 by The News Editor

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