Posted: Feb 16, 2017 08:40 PM PST
Updated: Feb 16, 2017 08:40 PM PST
A Pennsylvania judge ruled Tuesday, May 24, there is enough evidence, for Bill Cosby to go to trial for a 2004 case. Cosby goes to trial for felony indecent assault charges and faces up to 10 years in prison. Check out a timeline of rape and other sexual misconduct accusations made against the comedian.
More than 50 women have alleged that comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted or raped them. Many of these women say Cosby surreptitiously drugged them before violating them. Most of the alleged assaults took place during the '60s and '70s, and are now outside the statute of limitations for criminal charges. Cosby has denied these allegations.
During a performance in Philadelphia on Oct. 16, 2014, comedian Hannibal Buress mentioned Cosby in his act, saying, among other things, "...Google 'Bill Cosby rape.' It's not funny. That [expletive] has more results than 'Hannibal Buress.'"
On Nov. 10, 2014, Cosby's official website started a "meme generator" that allowed visitors to add text to photos of him and post them on Twitter, but the idea immediately backfired when users began creating captions that mentioned rape and sexual assault under the hashtag "CosbyMeme."
Cosby accuser Barbara Bowman wrote "Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story?", an op-ed in the Washington Post published Nov. 13, 2014, in which she wrote, "only after a man ... called Bill Cosby a rapist in a comedy act last month did the public outcry begin in earnest."
Cosby appeared with his wife on NPR's "Weekend Edition" on Nov. 15, 2014, but refused to discuss the allegations when asked by host Scott Simon.
On Nov. 20, 2014, former "Law and Order: SVU" actress Michelle Hurd (pictured with husband Garrett Dillahunt) wrote on her Facebook page that Cosby was "VERY inappropriate" when she worked as a stand-in on "The Cosby Show" and invited her to take a shower at his residence.
On Nov. 18, 2014, former model Janice Dickinson told "Entertainment Tonight" that Cosby drugged and raped her in 1982. She appeared on CNN on Dec. 1 and said Cosby "is a pig, a monster and he raped me." After Cosby claimed Dickinson was fabricating her allegations, she sued him for defamation in a case that is still ongoing.
On Dec. 1, 2014, Cosby, pictured with wife Camille in a file photo, resigned from Temple University's Board of Trustees, one week after resigning from a campaign at UMass-Amherst.
On Dec. 10, 2014, a retired California attorney who says Cosby drugged and groped her in 1969 or 1970 filed a defamation lawsuit against the entertainer. Tamara Green first came forward in 2005, but said no one believed her.
On Dec. 11, 2014, supermodel Beverly Johnson accused Cosby of drugging her at his home in the mid-1980s and trying to sexually assault her. In an essay appearing in Vanity Fair, Johnson said Cosby slipped something in her coffee, then threw her out after she swore at him multiple times.
On the Jan. 4, 2015, episode of "Celebrity Apprentice," competitor Keisha-Knight Pulliam, famous for playing Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show," declined to reach out to Cosby for a donation to her team's charity, and there is speculation about why she refused. She said it was because she hadn't spoken to him in five years. Donald Trump "fired" her from the show.
On Feb. 12, 2015, Linda Brown and Lise-Lotte Lublin, two alleged victims of Bill Cosby, came forward with more allegations of being drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.
On April 23, 2015, three more alleged victims came forward claiming Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted them.
On May 15, 2015, Cosby was interviewed by "Good Morning America" but tiptoed around questions about the sexual assault allegations made against him.
According to court documents obtained by the AP, Cosby admitted during a 2005 deposition admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in order to give them to a woman he wanted to have sex with. He also said he gave the sedative to at least one woman, according to the AP, which went to court to compel the release of the documents. The deposition came from testimony Cosby gave under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee that later was settled out of court.
Bill Cosby said he had sexual relationships with at least five women and tried to hide the affairs from his wife, The New York Times reported on July 18, 2015. Cosby said he obtained seven prescriptions for the sedative Quaaludes from a Los Angeles doctor, ostensibly for a bad back, but really to give to young women he partied with, the Times reported.
Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sex assault appear on the current cover of New York Magazine in a stunning statement of unity against the legendary comic.The black-and-white photograph of the women seated in similar poses appears on the July 27, 2015 issue. The headline reads, "Cosby: The Women. An unwelcome sisterhood."
Cosby accuser Charlotte Fox is consoled by Gloria Allred (L) during a press conference with two new alleged victims in the Bill Cosby scandal at the Friars Club on Aug. 20, 2015, in New York City.
Sept. 30, 2015, three more women claimed to be sexual assault victims of comedian Bill Cosby -- Sharon Van Ert (L) Pamela Abeyta (2nd L) Lisa Christie, (R) former Mrs. America, 1997-1998 -- speak during a news conference with attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles.
Cosby has filed counterclaims in federal court against seven women he said made "malicious, opportunistic, and false and defamatory accusations," The Associated Press reported on Dec. 14, 2015. The women are suing Cosby for defamation, saying the entertainer allowed his representatives to brand them liars after they went public with allegations of rape and other sexual misconduct. The women have "engaged in a campaign to assassinate" his reputation and character, Cosby said in his counterclaims. They are just trying to extract financial gain, the suit said.
Cosby now faces his first criminal charge stemming from the accusations of sexual assault, after prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, filed felony charges Dec. 30, 2015, based off accusations made by former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004. A probable cause affidavit filed by investigators alleges that Cosby "sought to incapacitate" Constand by giving her a mix of pills and wine that sent her slipping in and out of consciousness and left her unable to consent to sexual activity. Cosby's attorneys are seeking to get the charges dismissed, claiming they were "illegally, improperly and unethically" filed because of an agreement the comedian made to testify fully in civil litigation filed against him by Constand.
Camille Cosby was questioned under oath on April 19, 2016, in the defamation lawsuit filed against her husband by seven women who claim the comedian branded them as liars after they went public with sexual assault allegations. The deposition was a continuation of one she gave in February, after which she sought to terminate, or at least limit, further questioning.
Feb. 16, 2017: Katherine McKee's defamation lawsuit against Cosby was dismissed by a federal judge in Massachusetts.