Bill Cosby Greets Court Officers With ‘Joke’

Bill Cosby may have jokes, but the sexual assault allegations launched against him are no laughing matter.

USA Today reports that as The Cosby Show star prepared for his hearing in his sexual assault case involving Andrea Constand, he quipped, “Don’t tase me bro” as security officers wanded him on his way into a Philadelphia courtroom.

Prosecutors are hoping to call 13 other sexual assault accusers in addition to former Temple University employee Andrea Constand to show that the 79-year-old actor has a history of drugging and sexually assaulting women. The defense is said to execute an attack on their credibility and relevance as they attempt to keep Cosby of the witness stand at the trial scheduled for the spring.

“To come up with the required showing of a ‘signature,’ the commonwealth reaches for a cliché: a giant in the entertainment industry using his power to take advantage of young aspiring actresses. Even if proven … the age-old ‘casting couch’ is not unique to Mr. Cosby,” defense lawyer Brian McMonagle wrote in an October defense brief opposing the testimony.

Last week, a judge ruled that information collected during a 2006 deposition involving Cosby and Constand was admissible for use in court.  That year, Constand filed a police complaint against Cosby over a 2004 encounter at his home near Philadelphia. At the time, a prosecutor declined to file charges.

According to reports, some of the women had ongoing friendships and romantic relationships with Cosby. Others knew him just a few days after meeting him. Some, like Constand, knowingly took pills from Cosby—she claims she thought it was an herbal drug; he later said it was Benadryl. Others believe Cosby slipped something stronger in their drinks.

Attorney Gloria Allred is representing many of the women. She said that her clients have a duty to testify if the court wants to hear from them.

She referred to the defense’s dismissal of their accounts “out of context and just plain wrong.” Allred also suggested that Cosby should put up a $100 million settlement fund for potential sexual assault and defamation claims.