Bill Cosby is going to stand in a criminal trial where he faces three counts of felony indecent assault. The charges stem from a 2004 case where he is accused of drugging and raping a woman. Almost 60 women have come out and accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.
Cosby's defense lawyer said "The evidence presented today was evidence of nothing. They had 12 years to bring an accuser to confront Mr. Cosby. They chose not to." There are questions about whether or not the statue of limitations against Cosby has already passed. But a Pennsylvania judge decided today there was enough evidence to proceed to trial.
The Cosby trial is set up to be a lighting rod of debate. Earlier in his career Cosby was a beloved comedian and actor, playing a father figure to a generation of Americans. Today, especially in social media, he is vilified for accusations of rape and sexual misconduct.
Many people are already likening the media attention to this trial to that of O.J. Simpsons' 1994 trial, which divided the country along cultural and racial lines. For the Cosby trial it's likely we can expect questions to be raised around whether he can get a fair trial, the role of media in the courtroom and Cosby's celebrity status itself being used by both the defense and prosecution.
When all is said and done, will Cosby be found guilty or will he walk?