*Bill Cosby got jokes.
As talk of a possible plea deal picks up steam, the comedian arrived in court this morning (Dec 13) for a pre-trial hearing in his alleged 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. According to Deadline.com, Cosby waved to the crowd as he entered the Norristown, PA courthouse just before 9 a.m. with the assistance of a cane and a bodyguard.
The website reported that he quipped “don’t tase me bro” to court security as he entered the building, borrowing the infamous line from the University of Florida student who yelled it at security officers during a John Kerry speech.
According to Deadline, both sides are denying that a plea deal is being discussed but a source close to the situation tells Deadline that there have been “early conversations” between Cosby’s attorneys and Montgomery County D.A. Kevin Steele.
With a trial set to stat next June, the 79-year old Cosby would face up to a decade behind bars and hefty fines if found guilty of the three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault against the then Temple University employee.
After hearings last month and a series of subsequent rulings from Judge Steven O’Neill that did not go his way, Cosby’s lawyers today and Wednesday will seek to halt or blunt arguments by prosecutors to have 13 other women who have accused the actor of sexual assault and/or drugging them to take the stand to reinforce Constand’s story.