Bill Cosby trial: What to know about the charges, the accuser

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What You Need To Know: Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby will go on trial Monday in Pennsylvania on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman 13 years ago in his Philadelphia home.

Cosby, 79, is accused of assaulting Andrea Constand, a Temple University basketball official, in January 2004. The trail comes a year-and-a-half after a Pennsylvania district attorney filed charges days before the statute of limitations was to expire in the case.

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Nearly 60 women have come forward in the past three years to accuse Cosby of drugging and assaulting them, behavior they say dates back to the mid-1960s.

Here are a few things to know about the trial:

  • Constand, now 44, reported the molestation a year after it happened. The district attorney at the time declined to file charges.
  • Constand filed a civil suit against Cosby after no criminal charges were brought. That suit was settled in 2006 for an undisclosed sum.
  • Criminal charges were filed in December 2015, just before the statute of limitations on the sexual assault charge was set to expire.

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  • Cosby has said he will not testify at the trial.
  • The trial will not be televised, nor will it be livestreamed.
  • The jury, predominantly white, is made up of seven men and five women.
  • In the deposition for the civil suit, Cosby admitted he gave quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.
  • Thirteen other accusers were set to testify that Cosby had also assaulted them, but the judge in the trial, Steven O'Neill, ruled only one of those 13 may testify.
  • The aggravated indecent assault charge carries a possible 10-year prison term.
  • Women began coming forward with accounts of being assaulted by Cosby after comedian Hannibal Buress called Cosby out as a rapist in 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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