By Jeff Rivers

For years, I’d been hearing rumors about Cosby’s womanizing, a trait he apparently shared with other mainstream American favorites like Bob Hope. I was willing to dismiss those rumors because of the many good times Cosby had given me and those close to me. After the 9/11 attacks in 2001, my wife consoled herself by watching one of Cosby’s concert videos.

In 2006, the womanizing and the pain Cosby admits to causing in his 52-year marriage, was cast in a new and more disreputable light. He settled a civil suit brought by Andrea Constand, who had maintained that, in 2004, he’d drugged and assaulted her at his Pennsylvania home. The two had met when she was an official with the women’s basketball team at Temple University. Cosby was a prominent booster at the school, his alma mater.

Last Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that Cosby, 78, must stand trial for that alleged assault, the only criminal jeopardy he faces despite dozens of women accusing him of sexual misconduct they say stretches from the mid-1960s into the mid-2000s. Cosby is due back in court in July.

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