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Cosby to Stand Trial After Court Hears Accuser Statement She Was 'Dizzy' and Legs 'Felt Like Jelly'


Bill Cosby has been ordered to stand trial in a Pennsylvania sexual assault case after appearing in court for a preliminary hearing Tuesday.

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The ailing comedian, who says he's functionally blind, held the arm of a bodyguard as he was guided into Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Tuesday morning. 

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to charges he drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, a former Temple University basketball player, at his home outside Philadelphia 12 years ago.

After the hearing, Gloria Allred, who represents some of the more than 50 women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, told IE that she believed her client would find the courage to take the witness stand in the case.

"One has to ask, will Mr. Cosby have the courage to take the witness stand?" she said to Inside Edition.

Constand is the first of dozens of women to publicly accuse the disgraced TV funnyman of sexual assault.

Constand told police in 2005 that Cosby slipped her three blue pills that made her "dizzy" and made her legs feel "like jelly" in an encounter with the comedian the year before, according to the Associated Press.

"I told him, 'I can't even talk, Mr. Cosby.' I started to panic," Constand said in the statement to cops. That account was read in court Tuesday.

Cosby has claimed that the sex was consensual and that Constand never said "no."

In 2006, both parties reached a settlement in a civil trial but the case has been reopened as new evidence has come to light.

In newly revealed civil depositions, Cosby admitted a modeling agency sent "five or six" young women to him every week.

He says he gave the struggling actresses dinner  or in his words  "a very, very good meal."

He also admitted giving Quaaludes and having sex with Therese Serignese when she was 19 years old and he was doing standup in Las Vegas in 1976.

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In 2015, Serignese told Inside Edition: "That was a wrong he did with intent to take advantage of me and rape me." 

In the deposition, Cosby said: "She meets me backstage. I give her Quaaludes. We then have sex."

Cosby has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 women. He denies any wrongdoing.

If convicted of the Andrea Constand charges, the embattled comic faces 10 years in prison.

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