Bill Cosby passionate attack retrial set to start in Pennsylvania

Bill Cosby departs a Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA on 2 Apr 2018Image copyright

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Mr Cosby had enjoyed a family-friendly repute for years before countless passionate attack allegations came to light in 2015

The retrial of a American actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, is due to start in Pennsylvania on Monday.

Mr Cosby, 80, denies drugging and intimately assaulting Andrea Constand 14 years ago.

The initial trial, in Jun 2017, finished when a jury unsuccessful to strech a verdict.

The actor, who starred in a 1980s TV array The Cosby Show, has faced allegations from dozens of other women though has denied them all.

Once affectionately referred to as “America’s Dad”, Mr Cosby enjoyed a family-friendly repute for years before countless passionate attack allegations came to light in 2015.

The retrial takes place in a light of the #MeToo movement, that has lifted recognition of purported passionate bungle by a array of absolute media figures.

Other accusers

Mr Cosby has been charged with aggravated faulty assault, a second grade felony, by a Pennsylvania prosecutor. The assign could lift a jail judgment of adult to 10 years.

His lawyers contend Mr Cosby and Ms Constand common a regretful relationship.

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Around 60 women over 5 decades have publicly indicted a Emmy award-winning actor of being a passionate predator. But government of reduction laws meant that usually one assign has been brought to trial.

The retrial will be before a same decider and district profession as a initial trial.

The decider will this time concede other accusers to give evidence, BBC match Nada Tawfik reports.

From explorer to purported assaulter

Mr Cosby has prolonged been deliberate a Hollywood explorer for African Americans.

He rose to celebrity as a initial black actor to star in a vital play series, we Spy, in 1965.

The purpose warranted him 3 of his 4 Emmy awards before he combined several shows including a successful The Cosby Show in 1984.

In January, a comedian achieved his initial stand-up gig given 2015, for that he was criticised by some on amicable media.