Cosby Opts for Plea Deal in Hopes of Avoiding Trial
Bill Cosby hopes to cop a plea deal that will allow him to avoid any prison time for his alleged sex crimes, a source close to the famed actor and comedian says.
Last week, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that shocking testimony in a 2005 civil lawsuit where Cosby admitted to giving women drugs before having sex with them was admissible.
Cosby has been charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault in a 2004 incident involving Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee. A criminal trial is slated for June of next year.
More than 50 women have come forward with accusations that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
“Cosby and his family believe he’ll be eligible for a sentence of just probation…and remove the threat of him dying in prison,” the source told The New York Post. “He and his family, including his wife, Camille, are adamant that Bill won’t be able to convince a jury to let him off. They are hoping that the district attorney will feel as though he’s won with a plea deal and they’re thinking that the DA will consider Cosby’s age, his medical condition, the fact that he’s paid the victim on the case millions and the fact that his career is over.”
Cosby, who is currently free on $1 million bail, settled a civil suit with Constand in 2006. In the deposition, he admitted to giving Cosby quaaludes.