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Judge Sets Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Retrial For November

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Bill Cosby will be retried later this year after his sexual assault case ended in a mistrial last month. Now, a judge has announced that the retrial will be held on Monday, November 6, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom A of the Montgomery County Courthouse, Norristown, Pennsylvania

The 70-year-old entertainer originally stood trial in June over three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 incident involving former employee Andrea Constand at his home in Pennsylvania. But a 12- person jury failed to reach a unanimous consensus in the case.

After over 52 hours of deliberation, Judge Steven O’Neill declared a mistrial. In the immediate aftermath of the ruling, District Attorney Kevin Steele announced plans for a retrial, making it clear that Cosby would see another day in court.

If convicted, Cosby would face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

Bill Cosby Retrial: Sex Assault Charges

The November trial isn’t the only upcoming court date on Cosby’s calendar. A judge also announced last month that he’ll have to appear before the court July next year. This time, it’s for another assault allegation 42 years ago involving then-15-year-old Judy Huth.

He allegedly molested her during a party at the Playboy Mansion in 1974. Cosby has denied the claims.

Although the Golden State’s former statute of limitations already expired on Huth’s claims, the plaintiff was still able to file in 2014 because she was a minor at the time of the alleged incident.

More than 60 women have publicly accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the decades. All of them are pursuing civil cases, however, the majority of those incidents occurred in jurisdictions where the statute for criminal proceedings has expired.

Cosby has long denied any criminal wrongdoing and has insisted that any sexual contact he had with his accusers was all consensual.

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