Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges in the case of Temple University employee Andrea Constand began today in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Cosby faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Below is a timeline ranging from the first accusation against Cosby through his initial mistrial to today.
Dec. 21, 2015
A week after Cosby filed a countersuit for defamation against seven of his accusers, the comedian sued model Beverly Johnson for defamation. A complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Johnson of trying to push herself back into the limelight with a false allegation that he drugged her and attempted to have sex with her.
Dec. 30, 2015Cosby was arraigned on felony charges of criminal sexual assault stemming from a purported incident more than a decade earlier in Pennsylvania involving a former Temple University employee. A previous district attorney declined to charge the star in 2005.
Feb. 24, 2017
The judge rules only one of the 13 other accusers prosecutors had planned to call to the stand may testify at the criminal trial. The unnamed woman was previously employed by Cosby's former agent at WME.
May 16, 2017
Cosby says in an interview with SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish that he likely will not testify at the trial.
May 19, 2017
Montgomery County Judges Thomas DeRicci and Steven O'Neill bar all electronic communications from the courthouse, meaning the trial will not be televised and journalists will be barred from live-tweeting.
May 24, 2017
A jury is selected for Cosby's trial. Following Cosby's assertion that race could be a factor in the decision, the jury is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man.
June 17, 2017
After 5 days and 52 hours of deliberations, the 12-person jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict and a mistrial is declared. Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele said he intends to retry Cosby at a later date.
June 22, 2017
Following the mistrial, representatives for Cosby said the comedian had planned a tour for a series of educational "town halls" about sexual assault. “People need to be educated,” said Cosby spokesperson Ebonee Benson. “A brush against the shoulder, anything at this point, can be considered sexual assault.” The plans were quickly met with pushback.
June 26, 2017
A juror from the Cosby mistrial said on "Good Morning America" that Cosby's celebrity and a lack of "substantial evidence" led to the jurors being unable to reach an unanimous verdict over the 52 hours of deliberation. “I think if it was a regular Average Joe, it probably wouldn’t have taken that long,” juror Bobby Dugan said.
June 27, 2017
Cosby pushed back about "false" news reports about his tour. “The current propaganda that I am going to conduct a sexual assault tour is false. Any further information about public plans will be given at the appropriate time," Cosby said in a statement.
June 27, 2017
A trial date of July 30, 2018, was set for Cosby's California civil sexual assault case, in which he was accused of sexually assaulting Judy Huth at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was 15 years old.
Aug. 1, 2017
Bill Cosby’s defense attorney Brian McMonagle quits ahead of the comedian’s second sexual assault trial. No reason was given for McMonagle’s departure.
Jan. 18, 2018
Prosecutors in the Cosby case make a request for 19 of the actor's accusers to testify in court. Prosecutors originally wanted 13 accusers to testify in the original trial, but only one was allowed, with the defense arguing that it would prejudice the jury.
Jan. 26, 2018
Lawyers for Cosby say that the prosecutors failed to disclose and later destroyed evidence related to the case of Temple University worker Andrea Constand, adding that the misconduct was serious enough to warrant a dismissal of the case.
March 12, 2018
Cosby's former TV daughter on "The Cosby Show," Lisa Bonet, says in an interview that though she didn't know about the dozens of sexual misconduct allegations, she "always" sensed some darkness surrounding the comedian. There was just energy,” Bonet says. “And that type of sinister, shadow energy cannot be concealed.”
April 9, 2018
On the first day of Cosby's scheduled retrial, a topless woman charges at Cosby as he enters the Norristown, Pennsylvania, courthouse. The woman was a protestor with "Woman's Lives Matter," and she came within a few feet of Cosby before she was intercepted by sheriff's deputies.