DENVER — Bill Cosby will go to trial for charges involving sexual misconduct. During a pretrial hearing Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge found enough evidence to proceed with a trial.
Cosby faces three counts of felony indecent assault from a 2004 case involving Andrea Constand, an employee at his alma mater, Temple University. She was the first of more than 50 women who have accused the comedian of sexual misconduct.
One of the 50 women is Denver native Heidi Thomas.
“I’m glad the case is going to go forward. I’m glad he will have to face someone in court,” Thomas said.
She said her experience happened decades ago when she was 24 years old. At the time, Thomas was a young actress looking for a job.
Thomas said her agency set up a trip to Nevada to meet Cosby for one-on-one coaching. According to Thomas, the session started with her doing a cold read for Cosby where her character was playing the role of a drunk at a bar. After a couple of reads, she said Cosby made a suggestion.
“He gave me a glass of wine and said use this as a prop,” Thomas said.
She said she took one sip.
“And I woke up to being sexually assaulted,” Thomas said.
Thomas never went to police.
“Women who did go through it realized this is what’s going to happen: No one is going to believe you and my name was going to be dragged through the mud. We knew our career would be over,” she said.
Decades later, Thomas went public with her story to support the dozens of other woman who came forward with allegations against Cosby. Thomas sees Tuesday’s ruling as a step toward justice.
“For most of us, the statute of limitations has run out. We will never be able to charge him and go to court,” Thomas said.
She went on to talk about how brave Constand is for holding Cosby accountable for what he allegedly did more than 10 years ago.
“She’s really doing this for the rest of us who haven’t had the opportunity and never will. So she is our champion,” Thomas said.
Thomas was recently involved in promoting the passage of a Colorado bill that changed the state’s statute of limitations in sexual assault cases from 10 years to 20.
Attorneys for Cosby insist their client is not guilty. If convicted, Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison.