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USA: First day of Cosby sexual assault trial concludes

United States, Montgomery
June 6, 2017 at 09:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first day of a sexual assault trial against Comedian and actor Bill Cosby concluded at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, Monday. He was seen leaving with an entourage of legal advisers.

The first day's trial reportedly included opening statements from both sides and a testimony of a witness known as victim number 6, later identified as Kelly Johnson. A small group of Cosby supporters could be heard shouting "We support Bill" as the entertainer walked to his car.

Alleged victim of Cosby Lili Bernard stated that she had "never been in a courtroom with a rape trial" but this event allowed her to experience firsthand part of the reason why rape survivors do not speak out", concluding "they will be re-victimised during the process of the trial."

In December 2015, Cosby was charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004. Since then, another 13 women have come forward claiming that Cosby also drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby denies all allegations and claims the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 (€23,494) fine.

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The first day of a sexual assault trial against Comedian and actor Bill Cosby concluded at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania, Monday. He was seen leaving with an entourage of legal advisers.

The first day's trial reportedly included opening statements from both sides and a testimony of a witness known as victim number 6, later identified as Kelly Johnson. A small group of Cosby supporters could be heard shouting "We support Bill" as the entertainer walked to his car.

Alleged victim of Cosby Lili Bernard stated that she had "never been in a courtroom with a rape trial" but this event allowed her to experience firsthand part of the reason why rape survivors do not speak out", concluding "they will be re-victimised during the process of the trial."

In December 2015, Cosby was charged with drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004. Since then, another 13 women have come forward claiming that Cosby also drugged and sexually assaulted them. Cosby denies all allegations and claims the sexual encounter with Constand was consensual. If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 (€23,494) fine.

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