*Bill Cosby’s legal battle over allegations of drugging and molesting a woman in his home in Pennsylvania more than a decade ago has taken a negative turn as his attempt to get the case tossed was rejected by the state’s superior court.
Referencing The Philadelphia Inquirer, which broke news of the Pennsylvania’s Superior Court’s ruling, The Huffington Post reports the court’s panel of judges declined to hear Cosby’s case on Monday after a lower court had rejected the comedian’s claim. Cosby’s argument centered on a previous district attorney granting him immunity in an unwritten deal.
“We do not believe the defense had a right to appeal at this stage and we are gratified that court came to the same conclusion,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said in a statement.
As a result of the court’s ruling, the higher court will not be able to hear Cosby’s appeal. With that, the embattled comedian must face an aggravated indecent assault charge, the Post noted, adding that the entertainer is looking at a 10-year sentence if he’s convicted.
At the heart of the case are accusations from Andrea Constand, who claimed that Cosby penetrated her and groped her in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 while she was under the influence of a mystery drug that he gave her.
“This is the final swan song,” Fordham University law professor James Cohen, who has monitored the sprawling legal cases involving Cosby in criminal and civil court, told the Post. “He has no choice at all but to go to trial or plead guilty.”
Cosby’s appeal marked on the hope that that the case would get thrown out by arguing that former district attorney Bruce Castor promised not to prosecute him for any crime against Constandt. In exchange, the TV icon answered questions from Constandt in a civil lawsuit about the incident.
Statements Cosby made in the civil case, including his confession under oath that will be part of the evidence Steele intends to use against him. Included in the statements is Cosby’s confession under oath that he obtained a prescription of Quaaludes to give to women he wanted to have sex with.
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