>> After months of pretrial appearances, the sexual assault trial for actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, is finally getting underway on Monday, in what is being described as the biggest celebrity trial in years. Reuters correspondent Joseph Ax is covering the trial.>> It's a case that's gonna be all over the news every day.
It's a case that involves a really well-known figure who's been accused obviously of a lot of different things, the coverage of which has been going on for several years. So it's gonna be a media madhouse I think.>> 79 year old Cosby is charged with aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
Constand is a former basketball coach at Cosby's Temple University alma mater.>> Some advocates told me that they are concerned that sexual assault victims might be a little more reluctant to come forward. If Andrea Constand is has a tough time in the witness stand or if Cosby is acquitted.
But others have said that they think Constand may prove to be a really good example for sexual assault victims. That's simply by coming forward, telling her story, leading to a prosecution in open court that would inspire people to be more confident on taking their stories to authorities.>> Dozens of women have made similar allegations against Cosby stretching back decades.
>> Of more than 30 women.>> But Constand's claims are the only ones to result in criminal charges as the statute of limitations for remaining cases has long passed. Cosby, once known as America's favorite TV dad for his role on the Cosby Show sitcom, has denied any wrongdoing.
The comedian suggesting that some of his accusers are simply after his money.>> Plenty of stars out tonight.>> He also said racism has been a factor in the scandal. The trial is expected to last 2-3 weeks, Cosby faces 5-10 years in prison if convicted.