Bill Cosby is scheduled to be retried in November on charges that he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago, according to sources.
The embattled comedian was ordered Thursday (July 6) to be ready for trial on November 6.
Cosby is accused of giving Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, pills that left her incapacitated. He then sexually assaulted her in his home, Constand alleges.
Constand and Cosby met while she was the director for the women’s basketball team at Temple, Cosby’s Philadelphia alma mater.
The pair “developed what [Constand] believed to be a sincere friendship,” and Constand eventually looked to the older comedian as a mentor, according to court documents.
Constand alleges that Cosby made sexual advances toward her multiple times, and she turned him down.
However, on one specific visit to his home in January or February 2004, Cosby gave her “three blue pills” that blurred her vision and made her feel as though she was “in and out,” according to court documents.
Cosby then engaged in sexual acts with Constand, while she couldn’t move or speak, that she did not consent to, she said.
Cosby and his lawyers have maintained that any interaction between the pair was consensual.
Despite some back-and-forth, Cosby didn’t end up testifying at his first trial.
Constand sued Cosby in 2005, and the pair settled for an undisclosed amount the next year.
In the deposition for that case, Cosby admitted to buying Quaaludes and giving women drugs and alcohol before sex – but he said everything was consensual, including with Constand.
During the trial, Cosby’s defense sought to discredit Constand, pointing to inconsistencies in her story.
The defense also noted that Cosby and Constand have spoken over the phone dozens of times since the alleged incident, with Constand initiating the majority of those calls.
Cosby’s trial ended in a mistrial on June 17 after the jury deliberated for more than 52 hours over six days and still couldn’t reach a verdict.
Prosecutors immediately promised to retry Cosby, who is free from prison on a $1 million bail.
Constand is one of over sixty women who have accused Cosby of similar crimes.