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Cosby appears in court for sexual assault hearing

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>> Bill Cosby back in criminal court Tuesday, for the first time since his lawyers failed to get the sexual assault charges against him, dropped. Reuters legal correspondent Joseph Ax is covering the preliminary hearing in Norristown, Pennsylvania, and he says it could get intense.>> This is the only criminal case to stem from the series of sexual assault allegations that have come against Bill Cosby from approximately 50 women, stretching back to the 1960s.
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The vast majority of those accusations, even if true, couldn't be prosecuted because of statute of limitations problems, so this is actually the only case that's resulted in criminal charges. And one of the interesting things about the hearing on Tuesday is whether the victim who's name is Andrea Constan will actually take the stand.
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And testify as to what she believes or what she says Bill Cosby did to her 12 years ago at his house in Pennsylvania.>> The hearing focuses on the allegation that Cosby, in 2004, drugged and sexually assaulted Constand, a former basketball coach, at his Temple University alma mater.
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Pennsylvania prosecutors leveled their charges in December. Days before the Statute of Limitations was to expire. If she does take the stand it would be Constand's first face-to-face meeting with Cosby since he was deposed in a lawsuit brought by Constand a decade ago. They later settled out of court.
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>> It could be a pretty dramatic scene if she takes the stand and tells the courtroom, what he did to her or what she claims he did to her. The hearing should give observers a glimpse into how much evidence prosecutors have against Cosby, not only what Constand herself says as a witness happened.
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But also some of his own words in the civil deposition that he gave in her law suit that a decade ago where he admitted having given Quaaludes to other women prior to having sex with them. Although he said it was consensual and he also admitted to giving Constand what he characterized as allergy medicine.
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>> If prosecutors convince the judge at this hearing that enough evidence against Cosby exists then that clears the way for a criminal trial.