Bill Cosby's sexual assault allegations: a timeline of events
Jury selection begins on Monday for Bill Cosby’s trial as he faces three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault.
January 2005: Cosby is accused of drugging and fondling Andrea Constand. At the time Constand served as director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Cosby’s alma mater, Temple University.
In a civil suit Constand filed, she accused Cosby of giving her pills, groping her and assaulting her. 13 other women relayed similar claims in court papers and agreed to testify to these claims but the case was settled out of court.
Cosby talked to The National Enquirer in an interview relating to the sexual assault allegations. The comedian told the tabloid, “I’m not going to give in to people who try to exploit me because of my celebrity status.” Under oath, Cosby said he gave the interview to The Enquirer to get the tabloid to drop a story from another accuser, Beth Ferrier.
February 2005: Attorney Tamara Green came forward as a second victim of sexual assault in an interview with TODAY’s Matt Lauer. Green was compelled to come forward after hearing that Constand had also been given pills which led to her being groped and assaulted.
In an interview in 2014 with Newsweek, Green was asked why it took so long for her to go to authorities. “Here’s a question: that girl who he attacked in 2004, how did it work out for her? It never works out, unless you’re bleeding and there’s DNA and an eyewitness. I was 19 and he was the king of the world, so how was it going to work? I was a teenager. Nobody would’ve believed me.”
November 2006: Cosby settles civil suit involving accusations of sexual inappropriateness with Andrea Constand.
January 2014: NBC announces a remake of “The Cosby Show” starring Cosby as the patriarch of a multigenerational family.
August 2014: Netflix announces they will be releasing a stand-up comedy special starring Bill Cosby.
October 2014: Comedian Hannibal Burress made fun of Cosby during a stand-up comedy bit and called him a rapist. “People think I’m making it up. I’m like ‘Bill Cosby has a lot of rape allegations,’ (they reply back) ‘No, you do’.That sh*t is upsetting, if you didn’t know about it trust me. Google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’”
November 2014: Barbara Bowman writes a Washington Post essay that immediately goes viral in which she discusses being raped by Cosby. She also questions why it took so long “for people to believe my story.”
Joan Tarshis also comes forward to discuss being drugged and assaulted twice in 1969 at the age of 19. Later in the month, Janice Dickinson becomes the highest profile accuser of Cosby and states that she was drugged and raped in 1982.
NPR host Scott Simon interviewed Cosby and his wife about an art collection they were donating to the Smithsonian Museum. Simon asked Cosby about Burress’ accusations to which the former sitcom star responded to with silence.
NBC and Netflix drop their projects involving Cosby and TV Land immediately pulled reruns of “The Cosby Show.”
December 2014: Cosby resigned from Temple University’s board of trustees where he had served for 32 years. Model Beverly Johnson also came out in an essay with Vanity Fair in which she discussed how Cosby drugged her.
July 2015: In court documents from 2005, it is revealed that Cosby used Quaaludes and other drugs and alcohol to have sex with women.
Pennsylvania district attorney Risa Ferman reopens Constand’s investigation as a result. The statute of limitations has not expired yet.
November 2015: Tamara Green is joined by 6 other women in a lawsuit claiming that Cosby and his legal team defamed them.
December 14th, 2015: Cosby countersued seven of his accusers after they accused him of defamation. He believes the accusers are also defaming him.
December 21st, 2015: Cosby also files a defamation suit against Beverly Johnson.
December 30th, 2015: Cosby is charged with sexually assaulting Constand. The charge is "aggravated indecent assault." Cosby is arrested then released from jail on $1 million bail.
February 22nd, 2016: Camille Cosby is deposed in a civil case where seven of Cosby's accusers sued him for defamation.
May 23rd, 2016: Cosby attempts to get a court date delayed but is declined. Cosby believes he has a deal with the former prosecutor to not get charged and have his case thrown out entirely but the state of Pennsylvania declines.
May 24th, 2016: Cosby attends a preliminary hearing to determine whether his case will be taken to trial or not.
May 25th, 2016: A judge in Pennsylvania decides to take Constand’s case against Cosby to trial.
May 31st, 2016: Cosby's team attempts to get judge thrown out after refusing to drop Cosby's case. But the judge will stay on the case through trial.
July 2016: Cosby decides to switch lawyers in the various civil cases he has underway across the country. The lawsuits are from women who have accused him of defamation and sexual assault.
September 2016: Cosby's lawyers tell a judge that the comedian is blind. The judge promises to provide any accommodations necessary.
November 2016: Bounce TV brings back "The Cosby Show" repeats after they were removed from the air by TV Land.
January 2017: Ben’s Chili Bowl paints over a mural of Bill Cosby.
April 2017: Cosby's daughter wrote an op-ed piece defending her father by saying he loves and respects women. She also stated her father "is not abusive, violent or a rapist" and that her mother and father have worked through the affairs Cosby was involved in.
May 16th, 2017: Cosby says in his first interview in two years that he will not testify in his criminal trial. Cosby also implied in the interview that racism or revenge could've played as factors into why these allegations have come out at this point in time.
May 22nd, 2017: Jury selection for Cosby’s trial begins. The jury will consist of people from another county in Pennsylvania, not citizens of the same county where the alleged incident took place. Cosby’s 2005 deposition will be allowed to be presented as evidence in the trial.