Dozens of women have leveled sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby, however his fate as to whether or not he will be imprisoned hangs on the words of a single woman.
Andrea Constand, a former basketball player and coach at Temple University has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her 13 years ago at his home in Philadelphia. Cosby has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing in response to the accusations some of which are covering almost back to the 1960’s and are too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution.
Cosby does not plan to testify during the two week trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania leaving Constand as the main target for Cosby’s attorneys during what would be a tough cross-examination. Cosby’s lawyers have inclined that they will grill Constand on why she waited nearly a year before reporting the alleged assault and why she still kept in touch with Cosby, months after the incidence.
It was also reported that she took her mother to see one of his performances after the incidence.
The outcome, taken together with the treatment of accuser Andre Constand may well affect whether women who have been sexually assaulted by powerful men seek prosecution according to expects who study sex crimes.