Cosby seeks to get sexual assault charges dropped

For more than 50 years, Bill Cosby has been one of Americas leading entertainers: a noted comedian, an Emmy-winning actor and an innovative producer. However, his reputation has been tarnished by allegations of rape. Heres a look at how Cosby, shown here in 2014, has changed through the years:Cosby, shown here in 1969, began his career in the nightclubs of Greenwich Village as a standup comedian. His clean-cut style became a career mainstay.Cosby first made his name with his comedic storytelling, often based on his childhood experiences. In 2011, SPIN magazine put quot;To Russell, My Brother, Whom I Slept Withquot; at the top of its lt;a href=quot;; target=quot;_blankquot;gt;40 Greatest Comedy Albums of All Time listlt;/agt;. Here, Cosby feeds one of his children in the mid-1960s.Cosby won three Emmys for his portrayal of Alexander Scott, an Oxford-educated spy who travels undercover as a trainer with his tennis-playing partner, Kelly Robinson (Robert Culp) in quot;I Spy,quot; which aired on NBC from 1965 to 1968. Cosby was the first African-American to star in an American dramatic series.In 1972, Cosby starred in quot;The New Bill Cosby Show,quot; a variety program. Among his guests was Ray Charles, whose version of quot;Night Time Is the Right Timequot; would play such a standout role on quot;The Cosby Showquot; years later. In 1972, Cosby helped create quot;Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,quot; a Saturday morning TV series that ran for more than a decade. It later became a 2004 live-action film starring Kenan Thompson as Fat Albert.Cosbys biggest TV hit, lt;a href=quot;;gt;quot;The Cosby Show,quot;lt;/agt; premiered in 1984. Phylicia Rashad played his wife, Clair Huxtable.After quot;The Cosby Show,quot; the star cast about for other projects. Among them was another sitcom, quot;Cosby,quot; which aired from 1996 to 2000. Cosby played retired airline agent Hilton Lucas. The show also starred TKeyah Crystal Keymáh.President Bill Clinton chats with Cosby and TV correspondent Linda Ellerbee at a 1996 conference on childrens television. Cosby, who has a doctorate in education, is a strong believer in using television to send educational messages.In 1997, Cosby suffered the loss of his son, Ennis, who was killed on the side of an Los Angeles freeway. Cosbys series quot;Little Billquot; used the phrase quot;Hello, friendquot; -- Ennis regular greeting -- in tribute to his son.Cosby shares a laugh with baseball great Hank Aaron after they both received the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a 2002 ceremony. The medal is Americas highest civilian award.Comedian Jerry Seinfeld and Cosby embrace at the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Washingtons Kennedy Center in 2009. Cosby declined the prize twice before accepting. His mother read Twain to him as a child -- a huge influence on his storytelling.Cosby accepts the Marian Anderson Award in 2010 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. Cosby speaks at the 20th anniversary of Rev. Al Sharptons organization, the National Action Network, in 2011. In recent years, Cosby has been outspoken on the subjects of poverty, family and responsibility in the black community.Cosby speaks in 2012 during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Beverly Hills Hotel amp;amp; Bungalows supporting the Motion Picture amp;amp; Television Fund and the American Comedy Fund. The comedian is active in several charitable causes.Cosby performs at the Buell Theater in Denver in January 2015. At 77, Cosby maintains a regular performing schedule.03 cosby FILE01 cosby02 cosby15 cosby RESTRICTED03 cosby09 cosby04 cosby05 cosby07 cosby06 cosby08 crosby12 cosby10 cosby11 cosby13 cosby14 cosby RESTRICTED

Castor, whom the defense called to testify early in Tuesday’s hearing, did not file sexual assault charges against Cosby in that same year, citing “insufficient credible and admissible evidence.”

Cosby arrived at the hearing in a brown suit, holding a cane in one hand as he clutched the arm of a man who was walking with him for support.

Constand, a former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, met Cosby in 2002 when, according to prosecution documents, she believed he sought her out to be a “mentor” and “sincere friend.”

Constand’s civil suit alleged battery, sexual assault and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

It was settled in 2006 with a confidential settlement agreement but not before a judge compelled Cosby to answer questions under oath.

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That deposition was sealed for the last decade but parts were unsealed last summer by a federal judge. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, then led by a different prosecutor, reopened the investigation based on “new evidence” from that now public deposition.

That new evidence, according to prosecutors, centers on a question from Constand’s civil attorney Dolores Troiani and Cosby’s response during the sworn testimony:

Q. “When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these Quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?”

A. “Yes.”

Cosby later stated in the deposition he was only referring to one unnamed woman.

Defense attorneys admit in court documents the nonprosecution agreement was never put in writing and Cosby’s attorney who allegedly negotiated the deal is now dead.

Newly elected District Attorney Kevin Steele argues that the agreement never existed, saying in legal filings the DA’s office has no documentation on it and they can’t find anyone who does.

According to Cosby’s own 2005 deposition testimony, he admitted sexual contact with Constand, but said it was consensual.

Cosby has yet to have his preliminary hearing and formal arraignment in the case.

It is not known if the judge will announce a decision at conclusion of the hearing.

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